The Best Android Apps for Preppers (and a few complete duds!)
Today’s episode is all about Android apps for preppers. Since being prepared for life’s unexpected events is really something everybody should do, this is really Android apps for everybody! After all, how could knowing a little first aid or being aware about natural disasters not be good for everyone?
I’ve been wanting to do this episode for a while but let me tell you that it wasn’t so easy! The android market is loaded with thousands or apps that might fit into the categories of “survival” or “prepping”. Just go do a search for yourself. Obviously I can’t single handedly review every android app for preppers. So I limited my choices to apps that had at least a four star rating and mostly ones that had LOTS of reviews. Even then I came accross a couple of complete duds. But there are a few gems to be found.
Prepper App Categories
The apps I’m reviewing today fall into these categories:
- Police / Fire / Emergency Scanners – People all over the world have real scanners hooked up to the Internet allowing people without a scanner to listen in on their local emergency services. This can come in handy during a local or regional emergency or disaster to find out what is going on and stay informed.It can also be entertaining just to listen in.
- Survival Guides – These are generally just books on survival that have been converted into an Android app. I tried out six different ones for this episode.
- First Aid – These apps are just basic first aid guides. I’m reviewing four different ones.
- Alerts – These are Android apps designed to provide emergency alerts of things like extreme weather, floods, earthquakes, riots, etc. I’ve got two for you today. Well actually only one because the other was a complete dud.
- Misc – Just a few interesting apps that really didn’t fall into a specific category.
One Android app for preppers that I completely dropped the ball on though is this one:
The Survival Podcast – By Droidworks, Inc. and from the amazing Jack Spirko at The Survival Podcast.
This app lets you easily keep up with not only Jack’s great podcast but also connects you to his YouTube channel as well. This is a great app to have especially if you have never listened to Jack’s podcast. Definitely check this one out.
Resources / Show Notes
- Scanner Apps
Police Scanner Radio Scanner
Police Scanner FREE
Police Scanner 5-0 (FREE)
Scanner Radio – RECOMMENDED!
- Survival Guides
US Army Survival Guide – MILITARYDROID
U.S. Army Survival Guide – milodroid – GOOD
Survival Guide – SusaSoftX – RECOMMENDED
SAS Survival Guide – Lite – Trellisys.net – RECOMMENDED!
- First Aid Apps
iTriage Health – iTriage, LLC
First Aid – American Red Cross – GOOD
WebMD for Android
First Aid – Health Team
- Alert Apps
ELERTS – ELERTS Corporation (complete dud … let me know if it works for you)
Disaster Alert – Pacific Disaster Center – RECOMENDED
- Miscellaneous Apps
Swiss Army Knife – Gianni Trevisti – RECOMENDED
Dangerous Goods Manual – Knorre – RECOMENDED
Knots Guide – SusaSoftX – RECOMENDED