Android smartphone and tablet users have access to quite a few crisis, disaster and emergency apps. Some are 5-star and some aren’t worth 5 seconds of your time. We’ve rounded up 15 of the best apps that will appeal to crisis management and disaster response professionals. Many will also be of interest to the average Android user.
These are practical apps that you might find useful as you do your job. This list does not include apps related to personal safety—such as first aid guides—or general weather apps such as AccuWeather.
Most are free, and some are available in paid and free versions. The geographic scope of the app—global or USA—is listed next to the name. The links will take you to the app’s page in the Google Play store. Enjoy!
Are there other good apps that we didn’t include? Share them in the comments section.
1. Disaster Alert – Global
Disaster Alert features current global disaster and active hazard info on an interactive map or list. Users can also share or add information on current situations.
2. Real time Warning – Global
This app includes alerts and details about disasters around the world. Select an event and you can see its location, damage caused, severity, and impact radius on a world map. Tap one, and you see more detailed information, as well as quick links to share the news on social networks.
3. StormEye – USA
Detailed information about storms around your location. StormEye tells you important information such as the storm’s location relative to your location, where the storm is heading, the storm’s intensity, hail probabilities, and maximum hail size.
4. OnGuard Weather Alerts – USA
Monitors the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) active weather alerts for advisories, watches, and warnings for your location. When an alert is detected for your current location or any of your static location entries, an appropriate audible, sensory (vibrate), and visual alert will be generated depending on the severity of the NOAA alert type (Advisory, Watch, or Warning).
5. Earthquake Alert – Global
Focused entirely on bringing earthquake related news and summaries to your Android device, Earthquake Alert displays details from the U.S. Geological Service, as well as alerting users to new earthquakes as they’re reported.
6. Earthquake! – Global
Earthquake! collects reports of all earthquakes within the past 24 hours, and displays details like damage levels and rumble areas on an interactive map.
7. Latest Quakes – Global
Another earthquake app, Latest Quakes allows users to filter by magnitude, date, and distance from location. It also displays full details, including magnitude, date, time, location, depth and shaking intensity.
8. Hurricane Hound – Global
Hurricane Hound provides tracking of current storms on a Google Maps background. It displays tracks and forecasts of active hurricanes or tropical storms, as well as highlighting areas of possible storm development.
9. Storm Shield – USA
Storm Shield turns your smartphone into an emergency weather radio. Get storm-based alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm and other life-threatening weather events via voice and push notification.
10. Wildfires (Red Cross) – USA
This app from the American Red Cross provides information about active wildfires in the US, as well as areas that are under official fire warnings. You can let others know you are OK with an “I’m Safe” alert.
11. Tsunami Alert – Global
Get real time alerts for tsunami warnings, watches, and advisories. With real-time data from NOAA’s Tsunami Warning Centers, the app sends alerts for the US, Canada, and all countries along the Pacific Ocean, India Ocean, and Caribbean Sea.
12. HealthMap – USA
With this app’s Outbreaks Near Me application, you have all of HealthMap’s latest real-time disease outbreak information at your fingertips. Open the app and see all current outbreaks, search and browse outbreak reports on the interactive map, and set the app to alert you with a notice when an outbreak is occurring in your area.
13. Centers for Disease Control – USA
The CDC mobile application is a way for users to access health information at their fingertips. It features important health articles, disease of the week feature, popular journals, timely updates and access to social media to coincide with important health concerns and events throughout the year.
14. Dangerous Goods Manual – USA
This app helps users to identify hazardous materials. Features include searches by UN number, Emergency Response Intervention Cards, hazard ID numbers, Hazchem Emergency Action Codes, Packaging Groups, Transport category, Tunnel codes and labeling summaries.
15. NIMS/ICS Guide – USA
This pocket reference is used by more than 150,000 public safety and health professionals. The content is all-hazards, non-jurisdictional and discipline-specific, and includes responsibilities and rules for applying the Incident Command System (ICS).
In our next post, we’ll present 15 apps for iPhone and iPad users.
Are there other good crisis-related apps? Share them in the comments section.