Accidents, emergencies or disasters happen in times the least you expect it otherwise it won’t really be an accident, right? And at times like this, the number one thought that would come to mind is how to tell your spouse, your parents or your children that you won’t be able to come home on expected time. And what is there is now way for you to call at all? How would you be able to pass on the message that you are in great trouble or danger?
As frightening as it sounds, it is really best to prepare for this and ensure you will be able to pass your messages to your love ones. Fortunately, you don’t have to consciously ‘prepare’ for this in the verge of being paranoid and expecting a disaster to happen. Now, with your mobile devices, there are apps that make communication or locating family members during times like this is ensured – that is if you have the best apps for it handy. These apps are handy to have in times of disasters
This is a family tracking or locator app that is uses GPS on smartphones (iOS and Android) to give family members information about a child or an elder parent recent location. This app has more than disaster use because as a child tracking device, parents can check if their children are at the expected location. And as a family locator, this can be set up as two way street where a child can also see where their parents are at. There is also a button provided that allows the user to check in or send a message like “I am here” or “Come and get me”. With this app handy on smartphones, parents or children may know where their family members are at the moment and can locate them easily when disaster strikes without the need of calling or sending text messages.
GeoOP for Android
This app was used during the New Zealand Christchurch earthquake disaster in 2011. So many lives were lost but the “Student Volunteer Army” was created using this app to assist and manage citizens’ request. This app is also free to use during disaster response.
Jumpstart Triage for Blackberry
This app is an invaluable EMS tool that is used as healthcare provider in times of disasters. What it does is to triage pediatrics for mass casualty using the JumpSTART Triage tools.
Disaster Ready for iOS (iPhone or iPod Touch) apps that is often use for an emergency plan for family members. This is yet another locator device designed for families to keep tab on each other’s location. This app is very valuable if disaster strikes as it provide information such as where to find shelter, the nearest place to reunite family members and to communicate with each other.
Life360 for android
Another family tracking app used for Android smartphones, this app was widely used by family in Japan during the tsunami disaster reuniting family members.
Arguments concerning the dependability on these apps continue but it cannot be denied that having apps such as these can bring family members peace of mind – whether disaster strikes or not.