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15 Survival Apps You Need as a Prepper Right Now

Your cell phone isn’t necessarily the first thing that pops into your head when you think of tracking your way out of the wilderness, foraging and hunting in the wild or surviving TEOTWAWKI.

Think again. Even an experienced prepper or outdoor adventurer can use a smart phone to close the gap between catastrophe and survival. What used to cost you hard earned money i.e. GPS, compass, etc. now can be downloaded to your smart phone in less than a minute and in many cases, for free.

After exploring many of the app options out there for the outdoors and surviving different SHTF situations, these apps were most useful to me and therefore am going to pass them on to you with my top 15 favorite survival apps for your smart phone.

sas1. SAS Survival Guide

The SAS Survival Guide app very well could be the best and only app you would ever need while it covers everything from making fires and camps to foraging and surviving even in the most extreme of conditions with thoroughly written and detailed instructions and tutorials. It includes a number of tools such as the text-to-morse encoder and a sun compass. Practice makes perfect. The SAS Survival Guide app includes video, photo galleries and a 100+ question quiz to keep you on your toes with your survival skills. One of the best things about the SAS app is that it requires no internet connection to be used which means I can use this for when I really need it in SHTF situations.

Download SAS Survival Guide for Android here

Download SAS Survival Guide for iOS here

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Download SAS Survival Guide for Windows Phone here

smartcompass2. Smart Compass

An excellent and easy-to-use compass for any survivalist, camper or hiker that doesn’t want to constantly gaze down at his compass. The Smart Compass app allows you to intuitively follow with easy with its augmented reality display. All you have to do is hold your smart phone up to the horizon while the real-time video from your camera is overlaid with a compass heading to give you a landmark to walk to without having to constantly re-check your orientation.

Download Smart Compass for Android here

wild edible3. Wild Edibles App

For that time with SHTF, the zombies arrive and you have no food or resources. Wild Edibles app will provide information on plants you locate in your area and their capability to provide for you as a source of food with over 200 wild plant’s descriptions, photos and more. You can filter by region, season and plant attributes. It is also compiled with an interface designed to show you how to harvest and cook the plants while foraging with instructions and over 100 different recipes from the app’s edibles cookbook.

Download Wild Edibles for iOS here
Download Wild Edibles for Android here

First Aid - American Red Cross4. First Aid by American Red Cross App

Still certified in first aid? Need to brush-up or to learn some of the basic skills? The First Aid by American Red Cross app is perfectly structured in a manner that your first aid skills can be easily learned and executed if an emergency situation were to ever arise. It includes example videos as well as step-by-step instructions for many emergency (pool drownings, choking, heart attacks) and survival situations. Check out the prepper beta by clicking the ‘prepare’ icon in the app.

Download First Aid by American Red Cross for iOS here
Download First Aid by American Red Cross for Android here

Knots 3D5. Knots 3D

If you haven’t already started learning your basic survival knots(put link to previous knots article here), you can begin now or refine and practice your skills with the Knots 3D app. This app will teach you how to make any kind of knot with step-by-step 3D instructions. Learn about which knots are good for alternate situations as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

Download Knots 3D for iOS here
Download Knots 3D for Android here

Google Drive6. Google Drive

What are you without a copy of your passport, ID, social security card, escape routes and important documents? Keep everything backed up and safe with a document safekeeping app like Google Drive. You can keep the hard copies safe and tucked away, but as well have access to everything safely and securely to use at any point in time with Google Drive.

Download Google Drive for iOS here
Download Google Drive for Android here

WeatherBug7. Weatherbug

This app will keep you up to date in real-time for your local weather. Weatherbug an essential app for power outages due to natural disasters and more. It’s complete with push notification alerts, real-time data and interactive maps.

Download Weatherbug for iOS here
Download Weatherbug for Android here

Scanner Radio

8. Emergency Radio (Police Scanner) App – EdgeRift, Inc

A perfect app for civil unrest or catastrophe with mass disorder and confusion. The Emergency Radio app is an award-winning police scanner app which offers the most extensive database of live police, EMS, fire, air traffic, train, NOAA weather, coast guard, HAM radio and even more frequencies. The ‘Nearby’ button on the app is used to find frequencies near your current location using GPS. Tune in to anything from local frequencies to the LAPD or FDNY and more.

Download Emergency Radio (Police Scanner) for iOS here
You can download a similar Scanner Radio by Gordon Edwards here for Android

MotionX GPS9. MotionX GPS

Named by about.com to be one of the best outdoor apps, MotionX GPS allows you to download topographical maps worldwide. This is an excellent tool which saves you from having to rely on cell connectivity and service to access a map, especially when you need it most. MotionX also allows you to track your trek so that if you were to ever get lost in the woods or outdoors, you’ll be able to see on the app where you came from and re-route back to your basecamp or previous location.

Download MotionX GPS for iOS here
Navigon is an excellent alternative for Android and can be download here

BootPrint - Pocket Survival10. BootPrint Pocket Survival

This handy app will record the exact location your last signal was picked up with your phone. Perfect for any kind of situation where you might need service, the BootPrint Pocket Survival app will provide you the capability to call home or help. It uses your phones built in compass to guide you the way back so that you don’t have to mess with maps.

Download BootPrint Pocket Survival for iOS her

US Army Survival Guide11. Army Survival Guide

This app comes straight out of the army’s manuals which includes things like avoiding enemy captivity and fighting off rabid animals, however, the Army Survival Guide app is also extremely useful for other situations as it shows you survival techniques such as constructing a makeshift shelter in terrible conditions, killing and dressing your next game kill, making your own soap and more.

Download Army Survival Guide for iOS here
Download Army Survival Guide for Android here

MyNature Animal Tracks12. MyNature Animal Tracks

There are a number of tracking apps that can be extremely helpful when trying to identify tracks and types of animals that are in your current area of location. MyNature Animal Tracks app is by far the most comprehensive animal tracking app out there. It’s compiled with a database for front and hind animal feet, track/gait patterns, scat identification, animal calls, range maps and more.

Download MyNature Animal Tracks for iOS here

Ultimate Survival13. Ultimate Survival Manual App

This app not only comes with Google Maps GPS built into it, but as well holds a weather lookup feature as well as a ton of beta throughout its survival guide for any survival situation you could possibly think of. Its all-weather conditions survival guide gives you the info and skills on how to survive in any environment whether it be a desert, heavy-forested area, wintery conditions and more.

Download the Ultimate Survival Manual for iOS here

Prepper App by Bitvis UG14. Prepper App by Bitvis UG

This is an excellent tool for any prepper or survivalist to use for tracking and viewing the progress of your preps with food storage and more. Here you can enter  and categorize your food stockpile including amount, shelf life, location, etc. and will show you suggestions regarding the nutritional values of your stockpile once completed. The Prepper app will then alert you when that food is about to expire.

Download the Prepper App for iOS here

Bug Out Bag Survival Guide15. Bug Out Bag Checklist App

For first time bug out bag preppers or those looking to refine/recheck their current system, the Bug Out Bag Checklist app is a perfect tool. The application will start by guiding you through the process of putting together your bug out bag while keeping inventory and expiration dates of your bug out bag’s contents. The Bug Out Bag Checklist app will then alert you when an item is expiring or is needing to be replaced. This excellent tool and survival app will provide information on anything from medical supplies, shelters, food, clothing, hunting, communications and more.

Download the Bug Out Bag Checklist App for iOS here
Download the Bug Out Bag Checklist App for Android here

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16. FEMA’s App

This free app comes from FEMA itself and has lots of useful features. You can even use your phone to “report a disaster” as they call it. The only worry I have is whether or not they will track you post-collapse. Being found after it hits may or may not be what you want, depending on the circumsances.

Get FEMA app for iOS

Get FEMA app for Android

 

These apps will guarantee that your bug out bag, knots, skills and more are prepped, up-to-date and ready to fully sustain you during a major catastrophe or TEOTWAWKI. You’ll now be able to have all these necessary tools and resources all at the touch of your fingertips.

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About Anna Stevie

Anna Stevie
Stevie grew up in the woods of Oregon eventually ending up in the heart of the Alaska wilderness. An avid adventurer, she spends her time traveling the states and beyond to explore and understand other cultures and documenting through journalism.

5 comments

  1. In a MAJOR emergency survival situation is it likely that you would be able to use your phone? If everything goes down there won’t be any communication systems.
    We need to be self reliant –21st century gadgetry won’t be much use if there is a global crisis or emergency. It is vital for personal survival to be able to go back to the old ways and survive like our forefathers did.
    Don’t become reliant on modern gadgets. They WILL let you down.

    • You do not need the communication grid for using all the other functions of your smartphone. And if you are prepared, then you are also able to reload the batteries of your smartphone. Then you can still use the GPS sensor in your phone. You still can read all the eBooks. You can still use the Apps which store their informations on your phone (eg. Knots 3D or MyHoard), …

      And after all, I guarantee you: The communication grid WILL NOT be down for ever!!! So face it. We won’t live in caves any more even after a MAJOR emergency survival situation. So use your 21st century gadgets where they are useful.

      • Geraldine Gregory

        Yeah, you are right with what you say, Conran, so ,sorry for critical remarks. I stand corrected. Guess I am just too old and self reliant and,probably sadly,fed up with everyone’s reliance on techy stuff 24/7. Bring back the 19th century! !
        Thanks for correcting me,and telling me a thing or two I didn’t know.

  2. Very interesting piece. I am, however, quite saddened by the fact that too many of the apps were for iphone only. A lot of possibilities were lost there for me and all other android users. Two stars.

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