As smartphones became more commonplace, it was just a matter of time before they began to develop more utility that just killing time playing Angry Birds. Dozens of apps designed to make you feel safe have sprouted up to provide a level of protection for users, whether it be an expedited way to contact emergency services, seek medical help, or keep track of loved ones. Here are 10 of the best apps to help you feel safe.
Sources: Apps.AllWomensTalk.com, Hongkiat.com, Mashable.com, Guardly.com
WatchMe 911 operates as a panic app that offers several options for help. When activated, there are four features the user can choose from: a panic alarm and flashlight, an automatic emergency services phone call, a phone call to a predetermined contact that includes a GPS location, and a “monitor me” option that allows you to alert contacts when you arrive safely at a location.
Skyscape is the app version of a medical encyclopedia that markets itself as a decision-support tool, offering a variety of services. Medical advice and medication descriptions are available, as well as tools to help determine things like your blood alcohol content (a good idea if you’re figuring out whether or not you should get behind the wheel – chances are, if you have to ask, the answer is no), a pregnancy calculator, and much more.
Given that most people haven’t renewed their CPR/First Aid training since high school, having the Everyday First Aid app on hand isn’t a bad idea. The app provides suggested courses of action for everything from a bad scrape to heart attacks, and offers illustrated guides to walk you through the process from beginning to end.
Guardly offers some similar services to WatchMe 911, in that it allows the user to quickly contact friends or emergency services with the tap of a button. In addition, it has a feature that allows people to take and send photos of threatening people or situations, along with GPS trackers. You can also program Guardly to contact specific people in different instances – such as tapping your dad for when your car breaks down, or your roommate for when you’re locked out of the apartment late at night.
StreetSafe is unique in its ability to tap into social media to send widespread alerts in dangerous situations, and does so via a series of taps on the phone screen, rather than having to navigate through an app program. StreetSafe coordinates with your Facebook to send out alerts with your current location so friends can see and respond to the situation, as well as sending out messages to predetermined contacts.
For this app, users determine a group of six contacts to be automatically alerted in a variety of situations. By pressing the car button, a message is sent out that you need to be picked up, and presumably one of your six will rise to the occasion. Other instances may call for you to press the phone button, in which a message is sent out that indicates you need one of them to call you with an interruption – this may be just to get out of a bad date, but it’s necessary nonetheless.
Life360 is designed to help families keep track of one another, or more specifically to allow parents to ensure their kids’ safety. The app provides GPS locations of family members, and also includes a panic button and alerts for when members enter unsafe areas or return home. Users can also message through the app to check in with one another to ensure everyone is alright.
Street harassment is a growing problem, and Hollaback is a unique app that has been designed to help address it. Users use the app to record instances of harassment, including catcalling and assault, in the forms of texts and pictures. The reports are compiled on a map. Local elected officials and police officers can then use the information to apply more resources to particular problem areas, as well as to be more aware of the amount of harassment that occurs in their districts on a daily basis. The information is also available to other users of the app, so they can be aware of areas they may wish to avoid.
This app is exactly what it sounds like, but its utility cannot be underestimated. Particularly useful for emergencies that require specialty assistance, Emergency Medical Center Locator uses your GPS location to determine the closest center for treatment. Users can specify what they need including treatment centers for burns, cardiac emergencies, pediatrics, and more.
To avoid getting into an unlicensed taxi that may have an unscrupulous or dangerous driver at the wheel, users of TaxiPal can access an enormous taxi directory that includes only legal and licensed taxis. You can use the app to order a taxi directly without having to waste precious minutes calling for one.
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