Top Survival Apps for 2020
Survival Apps for iPhone and Android
- Offline Survival Manual
- SAS Survival Guide App
- Falling Fruit App
- Pl@ntNet Plant Identification
- Fishidy Fishing Maps
- Critter Trax
- The First Aid: American Red Cross
- Knots 3D
- Emergency Radio (Police Scanner)
- U.S. Army Survival Handbook, Revised
- Prepper Colony
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iPhone and Android devices.
Special Air Service, is a unit of the British Army that is responsible for dangerous missions such as counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, direct action, and reconnaissance. It is considered to be one of the best special missions units in the world and has the toughest and most resourceful personnel.
The app’s content comes from former SAS instructor and soldier John Wiseman. Through the app, you will learn how to use the training techniques that are used with SAS soldiers. The app has the complete book with more than 400 pages at your fingertips. The content is divided into nine chapters:
- Sea Coast
- Desert Tropics
- Wild Food
- First Aid
It also includes 16 instructional videos from Wiseman that teach you a variety of survival techniques. Plus, you have illustrations and images to help make the lessons easier to understand. There’s also a survival quiz with more than 100 questions for you to answer so you can see what you have learned from the app.
Moreover, you can use the app to identify edible plants. Each of these plants has detailed descriptions and photos. For preppers, there are survival checklists that you can refer to so you can make sure that you have everything you need in case of an emergency. For instance, the app enumerates the things you would need to include in your first aid or medical kit, like antibiotics, antihistamines, disinfectants, and others.
As a bonus, you can use the app to turn your smartphone into a Morse code signaling device.
The paid version of this app is available on Google Play and the App Store. There is also a free version for both Android and iOS devices.
The free version touches only on the essentials, like teaching you everything you need to survive in the wilderness. Even if you pay nothing, you will still learn how to:
- Build a fire
- Find potable water
- Navigating using only the stars
- Use signals and codes
- Create a survival kit
Aside from these, you still have access to the survival quiz, survival checklists, and the knife skills demonstration by Wiseman.
chefs have started bringing foraged ingredients to their dishes. Plus, there are city dwellers who have fallen in love with foraging.
If you’re interested in giving the art of foraging a try, download the Falling Fruit app, which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The app comes from the Falling Fruit organization, a non-profit that brings together foragers, foresters, and freegans, to come up with a map that identifies food sources around the world. It will lead you to fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and other produce that are growing in the wild and just up for the picking.
And there’s a lot! For instance, in Colorado, the app has identified more than 136,000 different food sources. These include more than 12,000 sources in the Denver Zoo area where you can find European crabapple, chokecherry, Norway maple, and hawthorn, among other things. All of which are edible and delicious.
Using the app, you can find a location near you along with the type of food you can forage there. And if you find a location that’s not on the map, you can add it as well.
medicinal plants around us. Chamomile can help heal wounds, fight inflammation, and aid sleep. Feverfew can help stop migraines and cure arthritis, while goldenseal can help relieve diarrhea and treat skin irritations. There’s also milk thistle that can fight high cholesterol and shrink cancer cells. But some people might not even know these plants are growing in their backyard.
The free Pl@ntNet Plant Identification app helps. If there’s a plant you want to identify, you can just take a photo of it using the app. The app is powered by a huge database of around 28,000 plant species. You will learn about the name of the plant, the flowers that they have, how you can use them, and other interesting properties that they have.
You can find the Pl@ntNet Plant Identification app for iOS and Android phones.
Google Play and the App Store.
reports that 44 people have been injured by grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park since 1979. Worldwide, more than 600 attacks have been recorded. Other animals that are known to attack humans include wild boar, bison, and moose.
Critter Trax teaches you how to identify animal tracks so that you can a close encounter with potentially dangerous animals. The app not only shows you how these animal tracks look like, but also how you could identify their dropping, scats, or pellets.
You can also use this app to find game that you can hunt and eat, including turkey, rabbit, and deer.
Critter Trax has photos of animals and you can access these even without an Internet connection. You can also check what the tracks look like in different settings, such as in mud or snow.
Easy to use and very informative, the Critter Trax is available on Google Play and the App Store.
report found that most Americans are not that confident when it comes to their first aid skills. For example, only 54 percent report that they know how to do CPR. Other findings showed that:
- More than six out of 10 Americans are not sure if they will be able to operate an AED or automated external defibrillator.
- Around 22 percent of Americans do not know how to use a fire extinguisher.
- More than one in every five Americans do not know where to go or what to do when a weather-related emergency strikes
This life-saving app is available for Android devices and the iPhone.
Google Play and the App Store.
App Store or Google Play. You can choose from more than a dozen different languages, including Chinese, English, Japanese, Hebrew, German, French, and Portuguese, among others.
Google Play and App Store.
iPhone and iPad users, the developers claim that they have the most extensive database of live feeds from different agencies. Plus they are adding more frequencies every day. If you’re just curious to see what kind of information you can get from these frequencies, you can check out the top feeds list or the recently added ones.
It’s easy to find the frequency you are looking for. The feeds are listed with full titles, popularity, tags, and the number of listeners, among other information. And if you want to know what’s happening nearby, this mobile app will allow you to search for frequencies that are close to you by using your GPS location.
Imagine being able to listen to the authorities as they do their jobs and learn about what’s happening as soon as it happens. You don’t have to suffer from bureaucracy or wait until it comes out in the news. You can listen in to the conversations into the police departments of New York, Detroit, Nashville, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among many others.
If you are using an Android device, you can download the Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner from Google Play. This app allows you to listen in to more than 7,000 police and fire frequencies, weather radio, and amateur enthusiasts. It helps you find nearby frequencies as well.
However, you should be aware that it might be illegal to download and use a mobile police scanner app. For instance, New York, Minnesota, Florida, Kentucky, and Indiana, prohibits residents from using one without a license from the Federal Communications Commission, or without express permission from local authorities. Find out what laws apply where you are before downloading these apps.
iPhone and iPad users. For Android users, there is a similar e-book if you want to be sure that you have all the survival topics covered. Download the U.S. Army Survival Handbook, Revised on Google Play Books.
New York Times ran an article on preppers and showed that they were more able to handle the widespread shutdown within cities. They have well-stocked pantries that will allow them to ride out the pandemic with fewer worries.
However, keeping track of your inventory can sometimes be a nightmare. Food is particularly a concern because you don’t want to store them only to have them spoil and go rotten. Other preppers often worry that they might not have enough.
The Prepper Colony is a mobile app available on the App Store that makes it easy to monitor your stockpile. You can keep track of food, water, medicine, weapons, and firearms.
The app not only allows you to manage your inventory more efficiently, but it can also give you a summary of your provisions and how many days they’re going to last. You can also get notified if your perishable food and beverage are expiring, so you can use them before they go bad and replenish them. For weapons, the app will notify you if you need to clean or maintain them.