9 apps to help you find people during disasters

These apps could help reduce panic and aid first responders to where someone might be located.

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Apps to the rescue

There is nothing more nerve wracking than not knowing where someone important to you is during a disaster. The emergence of Twitter has provided an avenue of sorts for people to find out if someone has made it out alive. But if it is ever to the point in which loved ones, or employees in your organization, have not yet been found, these apps could help emergency personnel locate them.

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Red Panic Button

By ULTIMATE COMMUNICATION SOFTWARE

$2.99

You are required to set a panic number or mail address and the phone will send a message, which contains your address and location. It uses GPS/Network (where available on iPhone and iPad 3G) to determine your location or Wifi (on the iPod touch and iPad Wifi)

According to a few reviews, make sure to check with the company on any extra costs associated with upgrades or customizations.

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VisionLink OEM Shelter

By VisionLink

Free

Maybe you are frantically looking everywhere for your lost loved one. This app will help you locate the disaster shelters in your area. You can view open shelters by state and also find the latest disaster information via the Red Cross Disaster Online Newsroom.

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Disaster Alert (Pacific Disaster Center's World Disaster Alerts)

By Pacific Disaster Center

Free

Disaster Alert provides mobile access to multi-hazard monitoring of and early warning for natural disasters around the globe. The reviews in iTunes were glowing for this app.

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National Library of Medicine

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Free

ReUnite provides ability to upload missing and found person information for family reunification during and after disasters. It provides structured information to the National Library of Medicine's People Locator service.

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SirenGPS

SirenGPS

Free

SirenGPS connects everyone in a community to first responders and allows first responders to communicate with each other, all on a single platform. It allows first responders to determine the precise location of 911 callers.

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Life 360

Life 360

Free

While Life 360 is portrayed as more of a way for families to keep in touch through their busy lifestyles, it also has the ability to connect someone who might be trapped and needs help.

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ICE: In Case of Emergency

ICE: In Case of Emergency

$3.99

Stores important information for first responders and hospital staff to use in case of an emergency involving you:

 

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Guardly Mobile Safety Apps

Guardly

Free

By launching Guardly’s safety app, it will transmit real-time GPS location and indoor location within buildings (for select enterprise customers), and provide two-way communication with private security, 911 authorities and safety groups.