May 14, 2012

5 iPhone Apps to Help You Survive the Mayan Apocalypse


Depending on your beliefs, the end of the Mayan calendar that is upon us could mean absolutely nothing to you or it could be driving your day-to-day plans over the next six months. However, a recent poll suggests that a surprising 1 in 7 people surveyed around the world believe that December 21, 2012 will indeed mark the end of days, while 1 in 10 people admit they are at least somewhat concerned about it.

To make matters even more complicated (and perhaps add a bit of relief for some), in the past week, new reports have been coincidently circulating regarding a newfound ongoing calendar that shows the world actually isn’t going to end at all (phew!).

Whether you do or don’t believe in the Mayan calendar, or don’t plan on taking your chances either way, here is a list of the top five ways your iPhone can save your life if/when the Mayan calendar comes to an end later this year.

OK so picture this: the date is December 22, 2012 and instead of worrying about the last minute Christmas shopping you’ve yet to complete, the world around you has been destroyed by snow, floods and fire (work with me here). It’s time to pull it together Will Smith style and pretend you are a member of the Lost cast that magically survived on an island for six ridiculous seasons. Lucky for you, the only electronic you managed to save was your trusty iPhone and by some chance of miracle it still works. Download these 5 apps before all the cell towers go down to ensure your best possible chance at survival.

Waze. After getting over the realization that you have indeed survived the initial impact of the disaster, you are surely going to want to know where you are and better yet, how to get to your next destination. There are a number of GPS apps out there for the iPhone, but Waze integrates a social aspect that helps to separate it from the rest. Aside from providing turn-by-turn directions, Waze provides a platform for users in the same vicinity to communicate regarding delays and other obstacles to be aware of in your travels that could provide handy when trying to navigate the ruins left by the apocalypse.

Pocket First Aid & CPR Guide. Along your way, you never know what physical challenges are in store for you. The Pocket First Aid & CPR act provided by the American Heart Association offers the latest emergency information from the AHA including step by step first aid procedures, first aid checklists and a portal to access all of your medical information in one place.

Bear Gryllls- Bear Essentials. This next app is a sure bet to staying alive as it was created by the host of the Man vs. Wild show on the Discovery Channel. Bear Essentials provides everything from how to snare a wild animal for dinner to how to set up the best shelter and where to find water.

Wild Edibles- if you read the Hunger Games, but are having a hard time remembering anything other than the poisonous berries that threatened the lives of the star-crossed lovers, its time to channel your inner Katniss with the help of Wild Edibles. This app will be helpful in differentiating between which plants are safe enough to keep you living and detrimental to one’s health in the event of a disaster.

Life360. The final app to ensure your survival in the event of our world’s end supports the buddy system. In order to build the strongest team guaranteed to keep you breathing, Life360 allows you to create a private network in which you can communicate with those involved. Using this app, individual users can check the status of if the rest of their crew is okay, where they are located, and most importantly the app offers a panic alert feature that allows groups to immediately send out alerts in the event of an emergency. In the past, Life360 has proved beneficial in instances like earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis.  

Now, no one can be sure what will happen later this year on December 21, but one thing we do know is regardless of what happens, keep a close eye on your iPhone as it could be the determining factor to your survival.




Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli



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