The 10 Best Free Survival Apps

As always, Survival Nation recommends a healthy and improving “analog” or human skill set for survival. Use these 10 great survival apps, chronicled by Survival Institute, to augment and refine your skills and to make your life easier.

You probably view a lot of survivalist websites, but when was the last time you checked an APP store to see what they offer for us survivalists? So after evaluating Survival APP after Survival APP after Survival APP on both my iPad and Google Nexus I have put together a list of the top 10 Survival APPs available for us. Some are predictable, and some just might be thought provoking.

1. SAS Survival Guide App – Must have!

Award-winning Survival APP created by former special air service soldier and instructor John Wiseman. The Survival APP features videos, photo galleries, his bestselling book (over 400 pages), checklists, sun compass, a 100+ question quiz and much more. No internet connection is required in order to use this APP. This means the APP will take up a lot of space when downloaded but can be used anywhere at any time.

From the developers:
The SAS Survival Guide could be the only survival app you’ll ever need. It has a huge amount of well-written info on everything from making camps and fires to foraging and coping in extreme conditions. And as well as all the guides and tutorials, there’s a bunch of useful tools including a text-to-Morse encoder. An imminent update will add the SAS Urban Survival Guide to the package.

2. First Aid By American Red Cross App

When was the last time you brushed up on basic first aid? This APP is structured in a manner that it can be used in emergency situations. It even has example videos in addition to the step-by-step instructions. This is a must download for everyone. There is even a ‘prepare’ icon that seems to be designed with preppers in mind. This APP is excellent for brushing up on your skills just in case an emergency situation ever arises.

From the developers:
Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.

3. Smart Compass App
Spyglass is the most similar for Apple –

A compass is a must for any trek in the wilderness, and a smartphone compass can do things that a traditional model couldn’t dream of. Smart Compass has an augmented reality display which makes it incredibly intuitive to follow. When you hold your phone or tablet up to the horizon, a real-time video from the camera is overlaid with a compass heading. This enables you to set off in the direction of a landmark without having to constantly re-check your orientation. It’s simple, very effective, and free.

4. Google Earth App

It works just like the PC version except you have GPS which checks your location and can help you get out of binds. Zoom out of your current location and look for the nearest road to head to, look for the nearest sources of water, or developed trails – this APP does it all.

From the developers:
Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level.

5. Emergency Radio (Police Scanner) App – EdgeRift, Inc.
Scanner Radio by Gordon Edwards is the most similar for Android –

This APP can be very useful in a situation where there is civil unrest or mass confusion. I love the ‘Nearby’ button to find frequencies near your current location using GPS. Whether it is a SHTF situation or trying to get out of NOLA, this APP is highly recommended.

From the developers:
Emergency Radio Free is the original award-winning police scanner app offering the most extensive database of live police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, train, NOAA weather, coast guard, HAM radio, and other frequencies. Tune in to everything from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to the New York Fire Department (FDNY).

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