Are you concerned about tornadoes, hurricanes, house fires, car accidents, and other disasters? Well, there’s a free App on the Barnes and Noble Nook for that. The Emergency App from Sivedom brings together useful information and practical lighting signals in one convenient App for the Barnes & Noble Nook Color tablet. When you start the application, it presents you with simple menu with fourteen choices. Each is designated with a broad rectangle that would be easy to find and press in an emergency situation.
It’s hard to imagine using the Nook tablet as a signaling device. But, every year we read miraculous stories of lost hikers, snowbound tourists, and trapped car accident victims who survive for days or weeks until they are found by searchers. Having a signaling device to act as a beacon for rescuers would definitely be helpful in such a circumstance. The first Emergency App has a nightlight to use as flashlight. It can also flash a morse code SOS, or a flashing light. If you are stuck somewhere where you can’t be seen. The Emergency App also has a sound alarm which plays a siren or other alarm sound. Each feature can be started and sropped easily.
The Emergency App also brings together contact telephone numbers that are crucial for a family communications plan. You can record the names and telephone numbers of emergency contacts and mark which ones are critical. It’s very simple and anyone can use it. However, as I entered several vital contacts, I found myself wishing that I could enter multiple phone numbers and an e-mail address for each contacts.
In a medical emergency, its helpful to have information about allergies, medical conditions, prescriptions, and primary care physicians available to first responders and emergency room doctors. The Emergency App allows you to store this information in one convenient location. I found it nice to be able to store my prescriptions and my spouse’s medication allergies in one convenient app. Again, I would add additional fields in order to better organize the imformation. However, the App is designed so that anyone can enter information conveniently.
If an emergency occurs in an area with a wireless hotspot, the Nook app has a section featuring links to useful websites like FEMA, the American Red Cross, and a first aid website. These links can be helpful in an emergency and you can add more links to sites with helpful emergency information. I would suggest adding links to your insurance companies, state emergency management agency and finally local police and fire departments.
Of course, being prepared before an emergency is always a good idea. That’s why The Emergency App provides convenient checklists for an emergency car kit, a 72-hour supply kit, and a well-stocked first aid kit. You can check off the things you have and check off additional items as you get them. However, there are some obvious omissions on the car kit checklist and it would be nice to be able to add new items to the list. For example, I would add a set of jumper cables, a can of fix a flat, a roll of duct tape, and a set of warning reflectors to the emergency car kit.
The app contains two guides one for house fires and one for car accidents.They contain basic information that migh be provided by an insurance company. I almost wondered if the software companies lawyers were holding them back from making any recommendations that might result in a future lawsuit.
Overall, I think this app is valuable and convenient. More importantly, it gets people thinking about disaster preparedness. It’s certainly worth the download and free is the right price. However. I hope The Emergency App continues to evolve and offers a more robust feature set in the future.