We live in a day and age where we rely on technology – for communication and for information. Keeping your children safe is definitely at the top of the parenting priority list. No parent likes to worry and fear the worst when it comes their little ones, but knowing what to do in the case of an emergency can save lives. So, to save heading straight for panic stations or searching the web when time isn’t on your side, here are some useful apps to keep you in the know wherever your family ventures outdoors.
Victorian Water Safety Guide
The Victorian Water Safety Guide is brought to you by the Play It Safe by the Water campaign which works towards increasing community awareness of water safety. The guide provides safety information for water activities, information about water safety signs, a resuscitation action plan and emergency contacts, locations of public pools and patrolled beaches as well as updates on events and activities.
The Victorian Water Safety Guide is free and is available from iTunes for iPhones and iPads and on Google Play for android users.
Australian Police Child ID Safety
The Australian Police Child ID App helps Australian parents provide information to police in an attempt to locate their children if they go missing. The application allows families to store photographs and vital information about their children on their mobile phone. In the devastating event that a child goes missing, this information can be immediately provided to authorities. The application also includes safety advice and checklists for parents on keeping children safe, information about what to do in the hours immediately after a child goes missing and provides quick and efficient access to emergency contact phone numbers.
The Emergency+ app provides the caller with information about when to call Triple Zero, provides the caller with information about who to call in various non-emergency situations, assists the caller to dial the relevant number and displays the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location that the caller can read out to the emergency operator.
St Johns Ambulance First Aid
The St Johns Ambulance First Aid app presents step-by-step emergency First Aid information to the user with a large clear image for each step.
Higgins Storm Chasing
The Higgins Storm Chasing app is a great one-stop source for all things weather. This app contains all the relevant links needed to stay up to date with warnings, weather fronts affecting your local area – as well as keeping in touch socially with what’s happening in the community by sharing information and photos.
The app contains personally written HSC forecasts and graphics up to 4 days ahead, videos of storm chases and forecasts, photo prints and calendar shop, facebook page direct, photo gallery & live stream chases, geo targeted push notifications of forecasts, warnings, updates and competitions, ability to share your photos or report storms for sharing on Facebook, external App content, BOM warnings for every State in Australia, beach and boating weather, weather links to forecasts , live data and warnings as well as disaster links to emergency and traffic sites.
Red Cross Australia
The Australian Red Cross First Aid app gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Interactive and simple step-by-step advice means it’s never been easier to know first aid.
The “Queensland Police” Policelink app allows the user to contact the Police on Triple Zero for urgent matters and Policelink for all Non Urgent and Enquiries, as well as the Hoon Line. The App also forwards message enquires directly to the Policelink Contact Centre, and assess the Queensland Police Online report services.
The SES app enables the public to log a request for SES emergency assistance instead of phoning and waiting on hold during peak times.
The SunSmart app lets you know when you do and don’t need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year. The app allows the user to personalise it with their natural skin type, height, weight, age, gender and set their location for anywhere in Australia; gives reminders: you can set up a sun protection alert and receive daily reminders for the times of day when UV reaches a level that can damage your skin and eyes, as well as two-hour reminders to re-apply sunscreen; a sunscreen calculator: use the sunscreen calculator to find out how much sunscreen you need to apply, taking account of your size and clothing; a vitamin D tracker: find out if you are getting enough UV exposure for vitamin D; as well as a seven-day weather forecast: check the weather for the week ahead for any location in Australia.
The Beachsafe app will locate and provide information on all 11,882 beaches around the country. The app uses Surf Life Saving Australia’s coastal safety databases to let you know precisely how safe a beach is, what the weather is like, when low and high tide is, when (and if) a beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers or lifeguards, along with full regulatory and hazard information.
The ManDown App sends immediate alerts in case of an emergency or injury. Enter the contact information for your family, friends and colleagues – if you have an emergency, they’ll get notified via text, phone or e-mail. Once the Mandown app is activated, it continuously monitors the phone’s movement. The default setting is that if the phone is motionless for 30 seconds, then a pre-Alarm warning will start. If the phone is not moved within another 30 seconds, then the Full Alarm mode is activated. In the Full Alarm mode the phone sends out a local, audible alarm. The phone will also send out a text, email and phone call to selected recipients. This message will also contain the gps location of the person in distress. The motionless timer can be set, in hourly increments, for up to 24 hours. This feature enables the ManDown app to be used as a Safety Net device.
Other great apps that we’ve found, focus less on safety in the great outdoors but rather how and where you can have fun!
The Brisbane Kids app provides a quick and easy way to access topics within the Brisbane Kids website and connect to their social networking channels. Brisbane Kids is the official guide to child friendly Brisbane – events, activities and things to do.
Playgrounds in Brisbane
The Playgrounds in Brisbane app allows the user to find and view a playground in their local area before arriving to work out whether its features match up with their needs – does the playground have a BBQ? Does the playground have toilet facilities? Is the playground fenced? The Playgrounds in Brisbane app will make organising play dates and visits to the park easier.
For those who like a little more comfort or help with planning their next outdoor adventure, there are a number of apps that can help you make your outdoor adventure a little easier. Whether you’re heading on a relaxing camping trip or a hard core hike, there are apps to suit your needs.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, this dynamic user-generated camping app, specifically designed for Australia, has got you covered. The database is constantly growing and updated, by app users, with the latest information about sites from all across Australia. Listed locations include, caravan parks, camp sites, backpacker hostels, day stops, points of interest and information centres. Each site has a heap of information, including such as swimming and fishing spots, off-road driving, pet rules, Wi-Fi hotspots, prices, toilets, showers and heaps more.
Campee is a community-powered camping app, specifically designed for Australia. Camp sites can be added, edited and shared by all users. The app lets you discover and share some of your favourite campgrounds and caravan parks. Most sites have information about the facilities (toilets, power, fire and pet rules), descriptions and plenty of photos. While offline you can still view site locations, facilities and descriptions; other features require connectivity.
The Campee app is free and is only available from iTunes for iPhones and iPads.
Australian Road Trips
Some would argue the best way to see Australia (or any country) is still the classic road trip, whether it’s on a family holiday along Highway One, to remote outback 4×4 adventures. The Australian Road Trips app features more than 350 routes from across Australia and almost 3000 photos. For each road trip there are recommendations on what to see and eat, where to sleep, and where to camp.
The Australian Road Trips app is available from iTunes for iPhones and iPads ($4.99) and on Google Play for android users ($4.99).