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Don't Waste Your Money: Best emergency apps for your phone

(Toledo News Now) -

If you were injured in a car wreck, crime, or attack, like the recent bombing in Boston, would rescuers know how to reach your loved ones? More and more cell phone owners are putting emergency contacts into their phone, but it shouldn't stop there.

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, it was cell phones that got people in touch with loved ones.

Now, with most of us on smart phones, there are apps that can help in the event you are ever involved in an accident or emergency. Here are some top-rated emergency apps you may want to consider for your phone.

Emergency Contact App
Smart-ICE 4 family, with "ICE" standing for "in case of emergency."

This $2.99 app for iPhones does not just list family members, as most ICE lists do, it also shows any medical conditions and allergies you have, doctors' names, as well as preferred hospitals.

Unfortunately, it is not yet available for Android devices.

First Aid Apps

Another essential is a first aid app. You can pay up to $20 for one, or check out two highly-rated, free apps, good for iPhones or Androids.

The Red Cross has a great app called First Aid by American Red Cross.

An alternate first aid app is called i-Triage

Survival Apps

For $5.99, you can buy the SAS survival guide. It shows you how to survive in all sorts of outdoor situations and natural disasters. You can download the SAS iPhone version, and SAS Android version on Google Play.

If that's too expensive, consider the cheaper Survival Pocket Ref app for iPhones, just 99 cents at the iTunes store.

Lost In The Wilderness App

Finally, if cell towers go down or you are lost in the wilderness away from towers, a great app to have is called Spot Connect. It lets you text and e-mail via communications satellites in the sky, with no cell service needed. The service costs $10 a month. That's small change, however, if you are going to be out in the mountains hiking, and may not be able to get a cell signal.

Even if you don't want to download a full app, be sure to add an ICE number to your contact list in case of an emergency. That way paramedics can reach your loved ones and you don't waste your money.

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