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The purpose of this post is to compile a list of the very best apps that would be useful to preppers and anyone trying to learn some survival skills. If you would like to recommend an app, please leave a comment below and if I like it I’ll add it to the list.
It should be noted that after an EMP or some other apocalyptic event, your phone might not even work. But in the meantime, these apps are a convenient way to learn about survivalism, whether you’re sitting on the toilet or waiting in line at the store. Now on to the list, in alphabetical order:
1. Army Survival Guide
The U.S. Army knows how to train their personnel to survive. Their field manual is the most authoritative guide on survival. This app is over 1,400 pages and provides a complete reference guide on basic survival, evasion, first aid and recovery information. Links: Apple iTunes.
2. Bug Out Bag Survival Guide
Don’t forget a single item for your bug out bag. This app walks you through the process, keeps track of what is in your bag, and reminds you when items need to be replaced. Links: No longer available.
3. CB Radio Box / CB Radio Chat
This allows you to chat with users close-by or around the world. Don’t expect real CB channels (or truckers) here, but the app brings the spirit of CB communication to your phone. Links: Apple iTunes, Google Play.
4. CPR & Choking
New CPR videos that incorporate the latest guidelines issued by the American Heart Association. Links: Google Play.
5. Cures A-Z
The ultimate guide to natural remedies. This is a great way to educate yourself, and it could come in handy if you run out of medicine and can’t find a doctor (at least for minor problems). Links: Google Play.
6. Disaster Alert
7. Disaster Readiness
This must-have app will help you and loved ones rebound from almost any disaster, anywhere, quickly and safely. Links: No longer available.
8. EMS BLS Field Guide
EMS Basic Life Support now with AHA Updates for ACLS Algorithms, Stroke and CPR AHA Updates for ACLS Algorithms, Stroke, and CPR. Links: No longer available.
10. First Aid White Cross
An easy to use application that will allow you to correctly handle an emergency situation. All the basic information you need for the correct handling of an emergency case is illustrated and shortly described. Links: Apple iTunes, Google Play.
11. First Aid by American Red Cross
13. Google Earth
The perfect app for when you find yourself lost in the wilderness. After it finds your position via GPS, you can zoom out and find the nearest road, river, lake, or whatever else you’re looking for. Links: Apple iTunes, Google Play.
14. iTriage Health
Created by two emergency room physicians to help people answer health questions such as “What do I have?” and “Where do I go?” Links: No longer available.
15. Knots 3D
Learn how to make any kind of knot by watching a step-by-step 3D demonstration. In addition, it teaches you what each knot is commonly used for along with its strengths and weaknesses. Links: Apple iTunes, Google Play.
16. Medicinal Herbs
Medicinal plants, herbal remedies & natural supplements have always been a healthy source of life. Links: Apple iTunes.
17. Pet First Aid
Let’s not forget about our pets. There are too many scenarios where veterinarians might be unavailable. This information in this app has saved many animals’ lives. Links: No longer available.
18. Pocket First Aid & CPR
Whether you’re at home or on the road, the American Heart Association’s Pocket First Aid & CPR app is at your fingertips with concise, clear instructions to care for you and your loved ones. Links: No longer available.
19. Practical Preppers
Created by Scott Hunt, expert adviser on the show Doomsday Preppers. Over 200 prepping videos, interactive checklists, and other tools. Links: No longer available.
20. Prep & Pantry
Excellent way to keep track of your food and other pantry items’ locations, quantities, and expiration dates. It even includes a bar code scanner to make it easier. Update: This app is no longer available.
21. Radioactivity Counter
Believe it or not, this will turn your phone into a geiger mueller Counter. The only extra hardware you need is black tape to cover the lens. Links: Apple iTunes.
22. SAS Survival Guide
23. Scanner Radio
With this you can listen to live audio from over 5,000 police scanners. It even lets you sort the scanners by distance from your location. Links: Google Play.
24. Spy Glass / Smart Compass
Much more than just a compass. When you hold your phone up, the compass overlays real-time video. This way you can head in the direction of a landmark without constantly re-checking your compass. Links: Apple iTunes, Google Play.
25. St John Ambulance First Aid
Find out what to do in common medical emergencies. Up to date first aid advice and protocols with illustrations and audio instructions. Links: No longer available.
26. Survival Guide
27. Ultimate Survival Manual
Based on the U.S Army Field Manual 3-05.70. This app will show you how to get through almost any survival scenario. Links: Apple iTunes.
28. ViewRanger GPS
Find your GPS mapped location even when the Internet is unavailable. With thousands of route guides and trails at your fingers, you will be able to find the best route. Links: Google Play.
30. Wild Edibles
Helps you forage for food in the wild. Includes pictures and descriptions of over 150 edibles along with warnings of poisonous plants that look similar to edible ones. Links: Apple iTunes, Google Play.