The following is a list of 10 must-have apps for preppers. These aren’t necessarily the top 10 apps, as we wanted to list a variety of different apps with different functions, and not 5 survival guide apps. It gets boring that way. Ideally, you should only need one of those. This list is meant to be diverse, so that it would not be superfluous to download all 10 of these apps, as they all serve different functions.

  1. Bug Out Bag Survival Guide - Do you not know what to put in your bug out bag when packing? Do you want to keep track of what’s in your bugout bag? This app, offers a comprehensive bug out bag checklist, calendar reminders to renew or replace items, and allows you to easily keep track of what you have and what you still need. The app will help you decide on the perfect survival gear to keep you alive during an emergency. Android, IOS

  2. Disaster Readiness [HD] - This must-have app was seen on CNN and USA Today. It will help you and your family be prepared when disaster strikes. The app has information on all kinds of emergencies, including terrorism, fire, wildfire, thunderstorms, floods, flash floods, tsunamis, landslides, winter storms, tornados, hurricanes, cyclones, heat waves, earthquakes, chemical emergencies, and nuclear blasts. It has other features such as information on purifying water, disaster aftermath information, and more. Andoid, IOS

  3. High-Powered Flashlight - Having a high-intensity flashlight available at all times is a must for preppers. If there’s a power outage, odds are it will be difficult to find your flashlight in the dark. Having a flashlight on your phone is the obvious solution. This app has a strobe mode with 10 different frequencies, a built-in SOS signal, and an elegant user interface. It features a compass as well. Android, IOS

  4. First Aid - American Red Cross - If someone happens to get hurt during a crisis, knowing first aid definitely comes in handy. This app includes an enormous amount of useful information, such as step-by-step instructions through everyday first aid scenarios, videos and animations, safety tips, interactive quizzes, and more. It is even fully integrated with 911 so you can make the call directly from the app. It won’t be a problem if your internet fails, because all of the content is preloaded. Android, IOS

  5. iTriage-Health,Symptom,Doctor - If you need more in depth info than #4, this app is for you. This app was created by 2 ER doctors and gives you access to a huge healthcare and medical database. The information is clear, concise, and useful. The app can even help you find the nearest hospital, mental health clinic, emergency room, pharmacy, physician, community health center, and much more. You can also save your personal health care facilities, health conditions, doctors, etc. with the touch of a button. Android, IOS

  6. Medicinal Herbs - Let's suppose all natural is the route you want to take. This app is the one for you. It gives you the best information on traditional herbs and botanicals used in alternative and complementary medicine. It contains information on more than 100 medicinally useful herbs and allows you to manage your favorites. Android, IOS

  7. Radioactivity Counter - No joke, this app will detect radiation. It uses the camera sensor to do so, like a geiger mueller counter. You just need a black tape to cover the lenses. Make sure to use this one safely, as the type of radiation picked up can be detrimental to the user’s health, and may damage the device. Android, IOS

  8. WeatherBug - By downloading this app, you will be getting the weather from the largest professional-grade weather network in the world. You will have the ability to check the national allergy forecast, as well as track any weather condition. The app has forecasts for over 2.6 million locations, with live weather and traffic cameras available. You can set alerts for yourself and choose to receive all National Weather Service watches and warnings. Android, IOS

  9. Wild Edibles - Learn what you can and cannot eat with this useful app for interacting with nature. Add your own notes and learn to identify, cultivate, and prepare over 200 plants. If you love to forage then this app is for you. It is suitable for beginners and experts alike and is great as a quick reference. Android, IOS

  10. ViewRanger GPS - Trails & Maps - This one is for the "traveler", the "hiker", the "navigator." Use this app which is trusted by over 200 search and rescue teams. You can create and follow your own trails or hike through ones which have been published by guide book publishers, outdoor brands, and tourism agencies. You do not need an internet connection to navigate with this app, just your phone’s GPS. You can record your adventure, share your location, and synchronize across your devices. For $19.99 you can get access to all of the premium features. Android, IOS

Barak Bacharach, SkySaver Content Manager