11 Life-Saving Emergency Apps to Download RN
There’s no question that we love downloading the latest fun apps, from the hottest photo editing apps to awesome travel apps. But when it comes to stocking our phone with adulting apps that aren’t quite as obsession-inducing as Pokemon Go… let’s just say, we rarely get around to it. Unfortunately, emergencies happen — whether we’ve wasted all our storage space on game apps or not. Having the right tools available during a crisis can literally mean the difference between life and death. Here are the 11 grown-up apps you should download on your smartphone BEFORE an emergency occurs (just do it RN).
1. SirenGPS: If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation that could result in you calling the police (think: walking home after a boozy Saturday night out), this app should definitely be in your back pocket. The app works like a panic button, allowing you to contact 911 immediately if you’re in trouble. Plus, community responders will receive your precise location and emergency contacts in the event of an emergency, if they’re subscribed to SirenGPS.
2. FEMA: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the go-to place to start prepping for almost any type of major emergency, like floods or tornados. Their handy app provides helpful tips for before, during and after a crisis, PLUS it allows users to share disaster pics with the agency to better assess damage during an unfortunate event.
3. Family Locator by Life360: When disaster strikes, most people’s number-one priority is making sure that those they love are safe. After making an account for each of your loved ones, simply create a “circle” in the app that includes everyone. You’ll be able to quickly share your location in real-time with anyone in the group. That’s some serious peace of mind.
4. Companion: Walking home alone can be dangerous, even with certain police forces standing up to catcalling and street harassment. If you routinely feel unsafe, download this helpful app before your next trip home. Simply plug in your destination and add a few companions to keep you company online during the trip home. If anything were to happen — say your headphones are yanked out or you start to run — the app will ask you if everything is alright. If you don’t respond, they will contact your companions.
5. Scanner Radio Deluxe: When the power goes out during an emergency, getting all the information you need is crucial to staying safe and calm. If you don’t already have a physical scanner radio in your emergency kit, download this free virtual one. Not only does it have over 5,300 police scanners and amateur radio stations, but its ability to search by location is mega-helpful during any emergency.
Apps That Don’t Need Data/WiFi
6. ICE (In Case of Emergency): Although some people wear emergency bracelets as a just-in-case measure, this awesome app is making accessing your crucial medical information in the event of an emergency easier than ever. Simply log everything you think the paramedics should know into the app — what medication you’re on, your specific conditions or ailments, etc. — and the info will show up on your lock screen for the EMTs to access immediately.
7. First Aid by American Red Cross: In the event of a full-scale catastrophe, the prolonged wait for an ambulance may mean the difference between life and death. Thankfully, the American Red Cross has released an app specifically designed to coach people through first aid in crisis situations. And yes, all the info is conveniently available offline.
8. WikiHow: We’ve all used WikiHow to look up how to bake a perfect vanilla cake or change a tire on our car, but the popular service is actually super useful when it comes to emergencies too. Their awesome Survival Guide is available offline to app users, detailing everything from how to provide CPR to how to land a plane. Score!
9. Maps.Me: Even if you have a predetermined meeting spot or disaster route planned, getting there without the use of the Internet may prove difficult. This helpful app allows users to download maps ahead of time — meaning you can safely get to your destination… even without WiFi.
10. MyShake: Developed by the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, this crazy app turns your Android phone into a seismic detector (how cool is that?!). Although the app is still in its early stage of development, the goal is to one day provide its users with a warning PRIOR to earthquake shaking. Definitely one for Californians to DL, stat.
DL It: Free on Android
11. Battery Doctor: Even with all the extra battery packs and wind-up chargers, your smartphone (AKA your lifeline) is still at risk of dying during an extended emergency. This app attempts to minimize that risk by providing you with detailed information regarding your phone’s battery when you need it most.
How have you prepared for an emergency? Let us know on Twitter by mentioning @BritandCo.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)