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Apps to monitor emergency radio bands

| Updated Jun 20, 2023

If you’ve ever been on the road and watched a bunch of emergency vehicles go speeding by and wondered where they’re headed, it might be easier to find out than you think.

That’s because a number of apps are available that allow you to easily and legally listen in on emergency chatter happening all around you.

As we travel in our RVs,  being able to know what's going in around us can be a daunting task. That's why these apps can be so handy. Besides police, fire and emergency calls, the forest service and various conservation, natural resource and wildfire-fighting agencies can also be monitored in some places.

Here are three such apps:

Broadcastify is among the more popular emergency radio apps, featuring more than 5,700 police, fire, ambulance, aviation, rail, marine, and even amateur radio streams. Search by name and location, and create a list of favorites. You can also sign up for alerts for major incidents. The app is free for iOS and Android with premium versions available for a cost.

5-0 Radio Police Scanner allows you to listen to feeds in the background so you can still use other apps on your device. You can also search by county or city, save favorites, access feeds while on a computer, and more. The app is free for iOS with a premium version available for a few more bucks.

Android users will want to check out the Police Scanner 5-0 app. The app delivers more than 5,000 police, fire, rescue and other radio feeds to your device. Find channels close to your location based on GPS or cellular triangulation. You can save your favorites and listen in the background. The app is free for Android.

Here's a video I did for my PC Mike segment that airs nationwide in NBC-TV stations:

Mike Wendland

Published on 2018-03-26

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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