These are dangerous times. Nature is unleashing droughts and record-setting high temperatures. It seems a new tornado is tearing through the Midwest every day. And those are just the big emergencies. Suppose you lock yourself out of your car when your toddler’s stuck inside it? Fortuitously, there’s a whole class of apps that can help you deal with emergencies big and small. Here is a closer look at three of these apps that may be able to bail you out in case of an emergency.


AroundMe has been around for quite a while, but it remains a top locator app. With it, you can find everything from the nearest gas station to the closest bank. It’s easy to see how AroundMe may help in case of an emergency. Say your toddler is sick, you’re in a strange city, and you need to find a hospital as quickly as possible. Just log onto the app, select the category that you need – in this situation, “Hospital” – and find the nearest medical provider to you. It’s little surprise that many consumers consider AroundMe to be a must-have app.

CPR & Choking

What this app does is all in its name. It gives you lessons and tips about how to proceed if someone is choking in your vicinity (pro tip: familiarize yourself with the app BEFORE you need to use it). This is ideal for people who have never taken a CPR course or people who are fully trained in it. In desperate situations situation is difficult to keep a cool head so this app is great for people who have never taken a CPR course or individuals who have been fully trained but have rusty skills. It’s completely free, and was designed by the University of Washington and King County EMS.

Emergency Radio Free

This app gives you access to police, fire, weather, and other live emergency radio feeds all over the world. You can decide to only tune into the ones in your neighborhood to help you stay up to date if there is a local emergency, a tornado, for example, or an armed criminal on the loose.

Of course, no app, no matter how remarkable, will be able to shield you completely from harm should danger arise. These apps, though, will give you the opportunity to be better prepared should an emergency strike.