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The Ultimate Smartphone Disaster Preparedness App List

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The tools on this page are designed to provide mobile device users access to web-based content. They are developed to run on specific mobile platforms, such as iOS (iPhone), Android or BlackBerry.

  • Native or standalone apps deliver content to a mobile device and do not require internet connectivity to view and use the content.
  • Web Apps link a mobile device user to content that requires internet connectivity to access and use.
  • Mobile Web is a link to a mobile optimized or mobile enhanced Web site, which is a reformatted version of a website that is easier to read on a mobile device.
Keep in mind that cell phones may not function during and immediately following a disaster due to a high volume of activity; however, text messages can often get through, even if you can't make calls on your cell phone. 

Keep a few spare quaters handy. If cell phones aren’t functional, using a landline or a payphone (to call your out-of-state contact) is a good alternative.


Disaster Medicine Tools

Icon Mobile Access Description
WISER Icon WISER 
iPhone 
Android 
BlackBerry Web App 
WebWISER
WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) from the National Library of Medicine assists first responders in Hazmat incidents, with features including substance identification support, containment and suppression advice, and medical treatment information.
REMM Mobile App Icon REMM
iPhone 
Android 
BlackBerry Web App
REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) from theNational Library of Medicine provides guidance about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injuries during radiological and nuclear emergencies.
MedlinePlus Mobile Icon MedlinePlus 
Mobile Web
MedlinePlus mobile enhanced web page from the National Library of Medicine provides access to consumer-oriented health information on disaster topics in English and Spanish.
PubMed Mobile Icon PubMed 
Mobile Web 
PubMed for Handhelds
PubMed Mobile from the National Library of Medicine provides access to more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
LactMed App LactMed 
iPhone
Android
LactMed from the National Library of Medicine app provides access information about maternal and infant drug levels and possible effects of vaccines and radiologic agents on lactation and on breastfed infants.
BioAgent Facts Icon BioAgent Facts 
iPhone
BioAgent Facts from the Center for Biosecurity of the University Pittsburgh Medical Center provides facts about pathogens that could cause serious disease resulting from a natural epidemic or use as a biological weapon.
CBR Mobile Icon Clinicians' Biosecurity Resource 
iPhone
Clinicians' Biosecurity Resource from the Center for Biosecurity of the University Pittsburgh Medical Center provides clinicians with detailed information and recommended treatments for the most dangerous potential bioweapons.
PFA Mobile Icon PFA Mobile 
iPhone
PFA Mobile from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,National Center for PTSD, in partnership with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the DoD's National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), and the VA's Patient Care Services, assists responders who provide psychological first aid as part of an organized response effort. The materials are adapted from the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide.
PTSD App Icon PTSD Coach
iPhone
Android
PTSD Coach app from the Department of Veterans Affairsprovides users with information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including educational resources, information about professional care, a self-assessment tool, opportunities to find support, and tools to help manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.
mTBI App Icon mTBI Pocket Guide
iPhone
Android
mTBI (Tramautic Brain Injury) Pocket Guide app from theNational Center for Telehealth & Technology provides access to clinical guidelines for assessing and treating service members and Veterans who have sustained a mild TBI.
Red Cross First Aid App Icon First Aid by American Red Cross 
iPhone
Android
First Aid from the American Red Cross provides free lifesaving first aid instruction and disaster preparedness information including videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.
CPR App Icon Pocket First Aid & CPR 
iPhone
Android
Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Associationprovides quick, concise and clear first aid and CPR instructions from a user’s smartphone. This app costs $1.99.
CPR Hands Only App Icon Hands-Only™ CPR 
iPhone
Android
Palm Pre
Hands-Only™ CPR from the American Heart Association provides quick instructions for CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths.
Med Field Ops App Icon Med Field Ops 
iPhone
Mobile Medical Unit Field Operations Guide was developed for the Northern New England Metropolitan Response System but is applicable to other response teams such as MRC, CERT, DMAT and others. The app contains access to packing lists, deployment guidelines, treatment reference, and more.



Other Disaster Resources

App Icon App Download Description
Reunite Icon ReUnite 
iPhone
ReUnite from the National Library of Medicine provides ability to upload missing and found person information for family reunification during and after disasters. It provides structured information to the NLM's People Locator service.
MyMedList icon MyMedList 
iPhone
MyMedList from the National Library of Medicine allows users to electronically manage their medication list(s). Medication lists can be e-mailed or printed, can serve as a reminder for taking medications, or be shown as reference information in doctor’s offices or hospitals.
TOXNET Icon TOXNET 
Mobile Web
TOXNET from the National Library of Medicine is an easy to use, mobile-optimized Web interface covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas.
Health Hotlines Icon Health Hotlines 
iPhone
Health Hotlines from the National Library of Medicine provides access to directory of health organizations with toll-free telephone numbers.
CDC Icon CDC
iPad
Mobile Web
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) app and web page provides health and safety information related to emergencies and disasters.
EPA Mobile Icon EPA
Mobile Web
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) mobile enhanced web page identifies nearby industrial facilities and toxic chemical releases as reported through the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program. (Select the "learn about your environment" tab)
FEMA App Icon FEMA
iPhone 
Android
BlackBerry
Mobile Web
FEMA app and mobile enhanced web page provide government disaster response information.
American Red Cross Earthquake Mobile App Icon Earthquake - American Red Cross
iPhone 
Android
Earthquake - American Red Cross app from the American Red Cross provides step-by-step instructions on what to do before/during/after an earthquake. It also includes an "I'm Safe" feature to notify family and friends that you are okay.
American Red Cross Hurricane Mobile App Icon Hurricane by American Red Cross
iPhone 
Android
Hurricane by American Red Cross app from the American Red Cross provides access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes, including an "I'm safe" messaging alert.
ARC Shelters Mobile App Icon American Red Cross: Shelter View
iPhone
American Red Cross: Shelter View app from the American Red Cross maps the locations and shelters from the American Red Cross National Shelter System (NSS).
ARC SOS Mobile App Icon SOS
Android
SOS app from the American Red Cross provides step-by-step video narration and follow along demonstrations allowing people to quickly and confidently respond to common emergency situations with the goal of saving lives.



Information about Hazardous Events, Disasters, and Disease Outbreaks

App Icon App Download Description
Nationa Hurricane Center Mobile Icon National Hurricane Center
Mobile Web
National Hurricane Center mobile enhanced web page provides access to critical hurricane advisories and marine forecasts.
National Weather Service App Icon National Weather Service 
Mobile Web
National Weather Service mobile enhanced web page provides weather, hydrologic, and climage forecasts and warnings for the United States.
Pacific Disaster Center Icon Disaster Alert 
iPhone
Android
Disaster Alert developed by Pacific Disaster Center provides access to information in both a list and on an interactive map about active hazards occurring around the globe.
Outbreaks Near Me App Icon Outbreaks Near Me
iPhone
Android
Outbreaks Near Me developed by HealthMap provides real-time, searchable disease outbreak information for your neighborhood on interactive maps.
CDC FluView Mobile App Icon FluView 
iPhone
FluView developed by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks influenza-like illness activity levels across the U.S.



Apps for Disasters in Libraries

Icon Mobile Access Description
LibraryFloods Icon LibraryFloods 
iPhone 
LibraryFloods from the National Library of Medicine covers basic steps for recovering collections after a water emergency in your library.
Emergency Response and Salvage  Icon ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage 
iPhone 
ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Traning outlines critical stages of disaster response for damage to collections and significant records. It is based on the Heritage Preservation's Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.




Other Apps and Mobile Tools
Most of the major mobile device app stores or markets have many choices for additional apps useful for disaster and emergency purposes. Some suggestions include apps for:

  • Flashlights
  • Twitter keyboards with commonly used phrases and hashtags
  • ICE ("In Case of Emergency" contact lists)
  • Flood and water level information
  • Earthquake interactive mapping
  • Disaster preparedness kits - Grabpak.com is an excellent source for this
  • Prescription drug information