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Rooted in man’s consciousness is the notion of survival. Indeed, this has been the central principal of existence ever since man first came on the scene hundreds of thousands of years ago. But while the caveman’s primary concerns were animal attacks and harsh elements, modern survival takes on a whole new meaning.

Indeed, natural disasters still occur regularly, but knowledge has given man the tools he needs to thrive in various emergency scenarios. And technology builds on this knowledge, providing man with another tool in the tool belt in which to survive a disaster. Even Dan Woolley, a survivor of the Haiti earthquake, credits mobile survival apps with helping to save his life.

So with that in mind, here are some of the top survival apps currently on the market.

Survival Apps

Army Survival Guide — $1.99

The U.S. Army does two things well: combat and survival. Therefore it is wise to heed their advice regarding the latter. This can be done quickly and efficiently via this digital survival manual right from the U.S. Army. And this field manual covers it all. It offers info on how to start multiple types of fires, creating shelters, how to identify medicinal and edible plants and much, much more. It offers survival tips for almost any environment, including the desert, forest, tropics and ocean.

American Heart Association’s Pocket First Aid and CPR — $1.99

This is one of the mobile apps that Dan Woolley credits with helping to keep him alive while trapped underneath rubble in Haiti. This app offers offline functionality, which means users can access its data when out of signal range. It provides a host of instructions for various processes, including CPR, breaks, bruises, bites, seizures and more. It even offers tips on what to do in the even of diabetic emergencies. One other useful feature is that it stores the user’s medical info for easy access by any rescue personnel once they arrive on the scene.

SAS Survival Guide – free (lite version), $6.99 (premium)

Britain’s Special Air Service knows a thing or two about survival because they are the country’s most elite fighting forces. Another field-manual app, this option offers everything from photo galleries to how to survive in extreme climates. It even comes with a Morse Code signaling device and sun compass.

GoToAID – free (lite version) $4.99 (premium)

One of the most comprehensive survival apps around, GoToAID offers audio narration of step-by-step instructions on hundreds of topics. These topics are broken down into 10 categories which makes searching for a certain subject a breeze. The app covers everything from CPR and first aid to bee stings and tornado emergencies. The app also allows the user to send their GPS coordinates to up to three different people.

Bear Grylls: Bear Essentials — $6.99

This is the other app John Woolley credits with helping to save his life. Created by Man vs. Wild’s Bear Grylls, the host himself shares survival tips gleaned from service in the British Special Forces as well as his multiple expeditions into some of the most inhospitable places on the planet. The app covers everything from how to trap wild animals to how to build a fire and find water.

With these survival apps locked and loaded, there are few things mother nature can throw at the average smartphone user that he or she won’t be prepared for. And just like in the case of John Woolley, one or two of these apps just might help save a life someday.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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