Emergency Aid is an app you must have but hopefully will never need. Emergency Aid is an app that is designed to help you in a variety of ways in many different emergency situations. You may have had first aid and CPR training, but in the event of a real-life emergency, this app can provide you with invaluable information, guiding you what to do, step by step.
Emergency Aid is available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99 and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Here is the link: Emergency Aid.
1. First Aid
This app is loaded with instructions about what to do in the event of any imaginable emergency. The advice includes general incidents, such as Shock, Bleeding, Burns, and Unconsciousness, as well as specific issues, such as Stroke, Heart Attack, Choking, Allergic Reactions, Snake Bite, Embedded Object and Crush Injury. Many other incidents are listed, giving you confidence that whatever may happen, this app should have it covered.
2. Rescue Procedures
This is the category for vital information such as CPR instruction, Heimlich Maneuver, Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation and Hypothermia. You may have had training in these techniques, but in case of an emergency, having instructions handy may prove essential.
You don’t need to be a reality show contestant to require survival skills. You just might find yourself in an unanticipated situation that requires you to use more than your wits to survive. Examples include a house or hotel fire, wildfire or animal attack. Emergency Aid will help you deal with each of these life-threatening scenarios.
4. Road Side Incidents
This app will tell you how to deal with a dead battery, flat tire and other common motor vehicle problems. The app will also instruct you what to do if you have an accident or have to abandon your vehicle.
5. Other Uses
The app has other features, including immunization information and drug interaction warnings.
In the event of an emergency, information about you can be important to first responders (paramedics, police officers, etc.). As I discussed in ICE: Tech To Save Your Life, having contact information handy can be very helpful in alerting others to your medical situation.
Emergency Aid has a Profile Section where you can enter your Emergency Contact, Primary Physician, Blood Type, Allergies, Existing Conditions, Medications, Health History and MedAlerts (such as diabetic). Having this information handy can be very important in an emergency.
Call From the App
Emergency Aid allows you to dial 911, your emergency contact, your personal contact, and your medical contact from within the app. If you’re flustered or in a rush, this one button calling can be vital. You can set these numbers by pressing Edit. If you are outside the US, you can replace 911 with the emergency number for your country.
Note: This app works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, but the calling feature only works on the iPhone.
My Favorite Feature
What makes Emergency Aid my favorite emergency app is the Distress feature. When you activate this feature, your iPhone turns into a distress signal. You can adjust the settings, but the default is a flashing red light on a white background, flashing SOS in Morse Code (…—…). You can also change the flashing to be at different intervals and with different colors. This app even has a flashlight feature which turns your screen white.
This distress signal can be seen from 170 yards (155 meters).
Here is a video from the app developer demonstrating how the features of Emergency Aid can be used. Note that this video relates to an older version of the app, but most of the features have remained the same in the current version.
Examples of iPhone Apps Being Life-Savers
In case you want more proof why having Emergency Aid on your phone is a good idea, consider the following stories where iPhone apps saved lives. In December of last year, a high school basketball coach used a similar iPhone app to guide him through CPR when a 17 year old student had a heart attack during practice. Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2010
Earlier last year, a film maker caught in the rubble after the earthquake in Haiti used iPhone apps to help him treat his wounds and prevent himself from going into shock until he was rescued 64 hours later. Cult of Mack, January 21, 2010
If you need to perform CPR, timing is important. Two songs have been identified by The American Red Cross as having the ideal beat to perform CPR by:
“Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees and
“Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
No matter which song you would prefer to dance to, I recommend you use “Staying Alive” as your CPR song. ‘Nuff said.
Many first aid apps are in the iTunes App Store, but Emergency Aid is the app I keep on my iPhone because of its many features, including a distress signal. Emergencies are rarely expected, but you can prepare yourself by downloading Emergency Aid from the iTunes App Store today.
Do you have an app on your phone you use in case of emergencies? Have you ever had to use it? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Image by Chris Violette
** Image by Jayel Aheram