How to turn your phone into an emergency device

Turning your phone into an emergency device

It may sound like a cliché, but you never know what’s going to happen, and accidents always happen when you least expect it.

Thanks to advances in technology, we’ve become accustomed to having phones as a way of communicating when we need help. Smartphones provide us with so much in one device. But what happens when you don’t have any phone or Wi-Fi signal?

With most things in life, all it takes is a bit of organisation. After all, as the saying goes: by failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.

Whether you spend your winters skiing, love to go out hiking at the weekend, or just want to feel a bit safer driving home in the darker evenings, these gadgets and apps can help turn your smartphone in an emergency device:


For the keen skiers and hikers amongst us, goTenna will help you keep in contact with your group, even if you don’t have signal.

The US-based company has created a tool that enables users to turn their smartphone into an off-grid communication tool. By pairing goTenna with your smartphone with Bluetooth, you can send messages and share and save locations.

The only catch is that everyone in your group will need this tech in order for you to communicate with each other.

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

There are numerous ICE apps out there for both iOS and Android. These apps allow you to choose who you’d like to be contacted in case of emergency.

Some will send out an SMS message to your chosen emergency contacts, as well as including medical information, such as the medication you’re on, for the emergency services to access.

First aid by British Red Cross

As we said, being prepared is one of the best tools in an emergency. Increase your first aid knowledge by downloading the First aid by British Red Cross app, available for both iOS and Android.

The app provides step-by-step advice, interactive quizzes and videos to ensure you know what to do in an emergency. What’s more, all the information is hosted within the app itself so users can access the information without an internet connection.

Emergency by British Red Cross

To get the latest information on where you are, as well as your loved ones, download the Emergency app by the British Red Cross.

It provides push notifications, advice on how to deal with emergencies, such as a fire or flooding, and provides a toolkit that allows you to check your current location, turn your phone into a torch, an alarm and a means of telling people you’re safe.

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