POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 2:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:23am
United States — With summer approaching, most consumers are finalizing their warm weather travel and activity plans. But one accident or ailment could derail everything, which is why many consumers are hunting for apps that might come in handy in the case of an emergency this summer.
App developer Jim Bender, President and CEO of the Ping4 safety alerts app, has identified the three free apps below that could save your life by warning you of severe weather and other emergency situations nearby, providing critical medical care information, and even by displaying emergency contact and blood type information in case you are injured and unable to communicate. With more than 1 million apps on the market today, these are the true “must haves” for consumers when it comes to staying healthy and safe at home and on the road.
Ping4 – Immediate information is often the difference between life and death. Ping4 is the only app to put lifesaving information in your hands instantly by notifying you of dangers and emergencies based on your location, including severe weather like tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. The rich-media alerts can “wake up” phones that are in sleep mode and depending on the severity of the event, can even override phone mutes to provide an audio alert. What’s more, Ping4 has also developed a unique battery-preservation ability that utilizes GPS satellite and cell phone tower network triangulation to protect smartphone batteries from excessive drain due to enabled localization and GPS services.
Free, available for iOS and Android. http://ping4.com/ 
iTriage – Created by two ER doctors, iTriage helps you figure out what medical condition you may have and where to seek treatment. Search symptoms, learn about potential causes, and be directed to the most appropriate nearby facility or doctor, from iTriage’s library of thousands of medical symptoms, diseases, procedures and medications, and their directory of hospitals, urgent care facilities, pharmacies, physicians, outpatient clinics, and community health centers.
Free, available for iOS and Android. http://www.itriagehealth.com/ 
ICE 4 TRAVEL Lite – This app lets travelers display their emergency contact information as a wallpaper in seven different languages. In case of emergency, people will be able to see your details even if your phone is locked. These details include emergency contacts, personal details including blood group, height, weight, etc., and single touch translation of the entire content without Internet connection to Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese.
Free, available for iOS. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ice-4-travel-lite/id370591470?mt=8