I want to draw my Australian friends to an app called “Emergency +”, available for your smart device (Apple, Android and Windows).
The scenario is simple. You see something terrible: a fire; a car crash; a natural disaster. The standard response is simple: You should dial 000 (the 911 equivalent in Australia).
One of the first things you are asked is usually:
“What is your location? What are you?”
Now that’s easy if you are at home…. but what if you are on the road, or at a store, or walking the dog?
The idea is to eliminate confusion over your location.
First you open the App and see this:
Select the map and determine your location:
Then dial 000 using the App (you will get a pop-up like this):
It will start a phone call, at which point you should switch to speaker mode (hands free) and jump back to the app. You now have your address and your exact location (to a number of meters) for you to share with the responder on the phone.
Details of the app are here:
Look in your smart device app store for an app with this icon:
I urge you to install this app and also encourage your friends to do so too.
Sit down with your family and install it on everyone’s phone. Do it tonight.
It might save someones life.