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Essential Smartphone Apps for Preppers

essential smartphone apps for preppersAs a tech professional and a prepper, I’ve tried to find some essential smartphone apps for preppers to make a smartphone into an EDC survival tool, to give me that edge in survival situations. I’ll run down the ones I like and why.

 Essential Smartphone Apps for Preppers

A smartphone is a pocket sized computer and communication device. These multi purpose devices can be anything from a handheld gaming rig to a guitar tuner or GPS. It only makes sense that people of a preparedness mindset would want to use these tiny devices as another tool in their survival bag of tricks.

These days there are millions of apps and many of them are targeted to the preparedness community. These are essential smartphone apps for preppers, and should come in very handy.

The Apps:

 

  •  SurvialGuide: (FREE) This app is pretty much a digital copy of the FM21-76 Army Survival manual. That’s right you can EDC a full survival guide! It can be installed to the SD flash card keeping your phones internal storage free for other stuff. This application is also not reliant on a data connection and can be run when you are not in a service area… or when there is NO service any longer. (Google Play Store)
  • SAS Survival Guide Lite: SAS Survival Lite is the FREE version of the complete SAS Survival Guide,That’s right another full survival guide you can EDC! Based on the million-copy bestselling book, this fantastic free app provides you with a bare bones guide to wilderness survival. Jam-packed with basic survival tools, you’ll be equipped for any expedition to the outdoors with this entry-level guide in your arsenal. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • SAS Survival Guide: SAS Survival Guide is the FULL version of the complete SAS Survival Guide.  Based on the million-copy bestselling book, this fantastic  app provides you with a full guide to wilderness survival. Jam-packed with all the survival tools, you’ll be equipped for any expedition to the outdoors with this full featured guide in your arsenal. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • MyTopo Maps Free: I use this every time I go hiking. Saved me a few times from being pretty lost. Explore like never before. MyTopo Maps is a mapping and trip planning app to organize all your outdoor and backroad adventures. View more than 68,000 topo maps in US and Canada. Also, check out aerial, terrain, street and hybrid maps. Mark points, find places and store all your trip info on the Trip Cloud, a wireless service that allows you to access your trips on any device. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • MyTopo Maps Pro: Explore like never before. MyTopo Maps is a mapping and trip planning app to organize all your outdoor and backroad adventures. View more than 68,000 topo maps in US and Canada. Also, check out aerial, terrain, street and hybrid maps. Mark points, find places and store all your trip info on the Trip Cloud, a wireless service that allows you to access your trips on any device. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • Trimble Outdoors Navigator: This is a free and offline topographical map. You can download as many states as you wish and use them when the grid is down, or when you’re out of range of both WiFi and your provider network. Even though I have this app, I still prefer paper maps when I am in the mountains and THAT far away from home. (Google Play Store)
  • Knots Guide: (FREE) This app is a simple and quick reference collection of 92 different knots of 10 different types. This could come in handy if you need to tie something down or secure an item. (Google Play Store)
  • First Aid – American Red Cross: (FREE) This is pretty self explanatory. A first aid manual with directions, procedures, text and short videos to show you how to take the necessary action step by step and in the right order. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • Pet First Aid – American Red Cross:  A first aid manual for Pets. It includes directions, procedures, text and short videos to show you how to take the necessary action step by step and in the right order. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • WebMD: WebMD for Android helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. The WebMD App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • Compass: I don’t believe this should be a replacement for a real compass, and if you have your phone you likely have GPS and Google maps, but I felt it was worthy to note, and I have one on my phone anyway. There are so many compass apps to choose from, find one that suits your style. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • 4D Compass: It’s an Augmented-Reality compass. If you use a compass, this compass could be the best one that you’ve ever seen. No ads to bother you. (Google Play Store)
  • Weather Station: Some smartphones can read the temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure? (Some phones have pitch/roll/yaw, speedometers and altimeters too!) If you want your own private weather station in your pocket (but you have to interpret the results for yourself—most preppers can do that), then this is the app for you. (Google Play Store)
  • RepeaterBook: If you are a HAM radio person, here is your repeater book. I took this on a family road-trip across I-70 last Thanksgiving, and it was incredibly accurate and useful. (Google Play Store)
  • ISS Detector Free: ISS Detector will tell you when and where to look for the International Space Station or Iridium flares. You get an alarm a few minutes before a pass. You will never miss a pass of the International Space Station and you will never miss the bright flashes of the iridium communication satellites. ISS Detector will also check if the weather conditions are right. A clear sky is perfect for spotting. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • ISS Detector Pro: ISS Detector will tell you when and where to look for the International Space Station or Iridium flares. You get an alarm a few minutes before a pass. You will never miss a pass of the International Space Station and you will never miss the bright flashes of the iridium communication satellites. ISS Detector will also check if the weather conditions are right. A clear sky is perfect for spotting. ISS Detector Pro includes the functionality of ISS Detector including all the Extensions and no ads. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • Cargo Decoder: Cargo Decoder is your guide to what is in the truck or tanker next to you on the highway. Enter the 4 digit number from the DOT placard to learn about a material. See details from either the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2012) or the 2008 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2008). (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)
  • TruckerPath: Gas stations, bathrooms, food, Rest Areas, and everything a trucker needs on long road trips. (GasBuddy doesn’t tell you about the Rest Areas ahead of you, or the closed Weigh Stations where the cop might be holding a radar-speed gun.) (Google Play Store)
  • Kindle eBook Reader: Read more than 850,000 Kindle books with Amazon’s free application for your Android phone–no Kindle required. Kindle for Android makes it more convenient than ever to bring Kindle books everywhere you go, even if you don’t have a Kindle. Whispersync ensures you’ll never lose your place by allowing you to sync bookmarks, last page read, notes and highlights between all of your Kindle-ready devices. (Google Play Store | Amazon App Store)

While you’re at it, grab some of the Free Kindle Books from Amazon, so you can read your preparedness library wherever you have your phone!

There are many more Android apps in the Amazon Android Market and the Google Play Store to turn your phone into an EDC survival tool, so check around and find some that might just help you out in a survival situation!

 


 





3 comments

  1. A few apps I have ad have experience with.

    All of these are Android apps, and I believe free for the most part.

    EdibleVeg (self explanatory)
    4D Compass
    If you’re a Ham you should look into APRSDroid
    Glympse (if you want to keep track of your family)
    Disaster Alert

    The others you’ve listed are great apps, I have them as well. :D

    • These are some great recommendations. I’m adding them to my phone ASAP. I am a HAM, as all good preppers should be ;-)

  2. For organizing my food supplies I use the APP MyHoard.

    See http://bit.ly/1mzQza2

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