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Emergency apps and online tools

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Looking for tools and apps to help you deal with or prepare for an emergency? We've compiled a list of resources to help you when you need assistance.

Preparation for bushfires

Fires Near Me NSW


NSW Rural Fire Service information on current bush fires and other incidents across NSW, as well as warnings about fires which may affect where you live.

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Fires Near Me Australia


Also developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service, this app provides national information on current bush fires and other incidents, as well as warnings about fires which may affect where you live.

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Get Prepared


Get Prepared was developed by the Australian Red Cross, and helps you connect with your key support people, create an emergency plan and create checklists to follow in the case of an emergency.

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AirRater


This app helps people with asthma, hay fever and other lung conditions to better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. It allows people to prepare and plan travel activities taking into account air quality in the area. The AirRater app was originally funded by Sense-T with support from the Australian Government. Current funding is from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.

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Live Traffic

Live Traffic New South Wales


Live updates from Roads and Maritime Services to help you find the most accessible routes and avoid traffic incidents. In an emergency this app can provide vital information about the safest routes to take.

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Vic Traffic


This, the official traffic app of VicRoads Victoria, provides information about traffic incidents and alerts.

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QLDTraffic


QLDTraffic is the official source of live traffic and travel information from the Queensland Government. It lets you check traffic conditions and plan your journey before you drive.

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ACT Traffic


The ACT Traffic app uses the Bluetooth beacon network to receive information on delays at locations approaching the incidents.

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Add Insight - South Australia


Created by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, this app highlights sections of road that are currently experiencing delays which are higher than normal.

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In an emergency

Emergency+


The Emergency+ app uses a smarthphone's GPS functionality to help a triple zero (000) caller provide the critical location details needed to mobilise emergency services. The app was developed by Australia's emergency services and their government and industry partners.

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St John First Responder


Pinpointing your exact location can become difficult in an emergency situation. The St John First Responder App sends your GPS coordinates to the operator when you call triple 000 for an ambulance. It can also link in qualified first aiders to deliver critical first aid to patients in need.

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First Aid - St John's Ambulance


This app includes 13 of the most common and critical conditions that may require immediate lifesaving first aid. It features step-by-step emergency first aid information with large clear images for each step.

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Online tools

  • Fires Near Me - online version
    NSW Rural Fire Service information on current bush fires and other incidents across NSW, as well as warnings about fires that may affect where you live.
  • Live Traffic NSW - online version
    Live updates from Roads and Maritime Services to help you find the most accessible routes and avoid traffic incidents. In an emergency this app can provide vital information about the safest routes to take.

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Last reviewed: August 2020


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