Online Scanner: Police-Fire-Emergency

May 3, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


A prepper mindset of situational awareness not only encompasses your immediate surroundings, but extends outward beyond your visual perimeter – or at least it should. A police scanner is one source tool for situational awareness which may be of value during certain emergency situations.

There are ‘hardware’ scanners and there are online scanners (software), the latter of which are convenient and often ‘free’ services which you can run on your PC or your smart-phone as an app. Here are a few online scanner choices which I’ve come across…

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Online Scanner for PC or Laptop

The most popular online scanner which will run from your internet browser on your PC or laptop seems to be

Here’s their link which displays a map of the United States, enabling you to select your state and then your county – which in turn displays a list of available online scanner feeds.

Here are their top online scanner feeds at any given time:
Top Online Scanner Feeds


Online Scanner For Apple or Android

The most popular online scanner as an ‘app’ for portable Apple or Android products, is ‘5-0 Police Scanner’.

From your own portable device or smart-phone you can search for and download the app.
5-0 Police Scanner for Apple
5-0 Police Scanner for Android

Often with these free online scanners, the reason they are free is because of the ads that they place alongside or integrate with the app. Some of these apps provide an update to eliminate these ads (for a fee) – if that is an issue for you…


Recommendations and Favorites

There are multiple ways to stay informed during an emergency situation (ordinary AM-radio, TV broadcast, emergency alert radio, hardware scanners, other communication devices), however having an online scanner app on your existing smart-phone or PC will provide quick access to police-fire and other emergency transmissions – to give you a ‘heads-up’ as to what is happening – potentially giving you a head start with your emergency plan.

Let us know of your own favorite online scanner app or recommendation: