Emergency Phone Calls.

Have you ever had to make one? Do you know the drill? One of the first things you’ll have to provide is the location of the emergency.

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I’m not talking about calling these guys.

Several years ago, I was in Queensland on my honeymoon. Walking back to our hotel on day, I watch a person in a car come flying around a corner. They went up the curb and crashed into a light pole. A split second later, they floored it in reverse and hit another pole before zooming into traffic without even looking.

I don’t know what the hurry was, but it was scary. We thought they’d probably end up killing someone, so I pulled out my phone and immediately dialed Triple Zero. The operator’s first question had me slightly stumped- my location. I had only the vaguest idea and had to waste time finding a street sign.

Another time, we were headed to the local shopping centre near home. It was a hot summer day and I was in an entirely familiar area. We drove down a main road and stopped in traffic. I noticed the median strip (which was full of dry grass) was smoking. As I watched, flames shot up and the rest of the grass started catching. I rang Triple Zero and looked wildly for a street sign. I knew where I was but not the name of the road. We got there in the end but precious minutes were lost figuring it all out.

Mobile Phones.

Last week, my friend Lauren from The Thud made a video about putting your emergency information into your iPhone:

Totally excellent advice! Mobile phones are something almost all of us have. Even kids spent a good chunk of their time glued to their screens.

So, I thought I’d do a little Community Service Announcement, since we all have phones. There’s an app you can download for free that could save your life or the life of another person. It could help emergency services get to where they are needed faster.

Emergency Plus.

It’s called the Emergency Plus app. And it’s already helped people in emergency situations. Just a few weeks ago, it enabled a 12 year old girl to get for help after her grandmother fell 10 metres down into a rock pool at Halls Falls. And that’s just one example.

Screen shot from Emergency Plus app

Screen shot from the app.

Once you download it, you allow it to access your location. From the app, you can actually access the street address of where you are. It also provides you with GPS coordinates- super handy if you’re somewhere rural or maybe lost in the bush. Not only does the app help you determine your location, it contains information on other help lines. From the Police Assistance Line and National Security Hotline to Poisons information- all together in one handy app!

Get the Emergency Plus App:

What are you waiting for? Download it now!

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iPhone users go here.

Android users go here.

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Am I a Neighbour Snob?

I know that  some people mourn the way we used to live. Remember when we knew all our neighbours so well? People miss the ease of making friends based on proximity. Relationships rooted in cheery waves and coffee invites. The comfort in knowing a neighbour will water the plants and check the post while you’re away. Every house with a “Neighbourhood Watch” sticker on the front gate and the implication that everyone keeps an eye out for each other. That whole close community vibe.

Personally, I’m not big on socialising with neighbours. I don’t mind a wave or nod but that’s about it. I’m not terribly shy but I do value my space and privacy. In the past, I’ve wondered if I should make more of an effort to get to know my neighbours. Am I a bit of a neighbour-snob? I’m not the only one in my household. Why are we so reluctant to get to know the people that live around us? The experiences we’ve had recently have only reinforced our feelings.

neighbours- scott and charlene

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When I was 14, I forgot to buy my boyfriend a Valentine’s Day present. So I did the only thing I could think of and told his mate to tell him he was dropped. Everyone who told me that was a little harsh got a lecture about how it was “just a Hallmark holiday, anyway!”. I stand by that bit of the story, though. In hindsight, the “Tell him he’s dropped” probably was a slightly dramatic way to handle the situation. As a teen, I was maybe a little melodramatic. Maybe.
I haven’t had the pleasure of too many godawful Valentine’s Day gifts, thankfully. A few cards so soppy the envelope was starting to disintegrate, though. And my share, of course, of the useless, clichéd and tacky.

Nothing says “I think we’re soulmates” like a $2 chocolate from Target. Source.

Cynicism aside, Valentine’s Day is a nice idea. Ignore the commercialism, materialism and sense of forced romance. It’s a good excuse to tell someone that you love them and maybe spoil them a little. And guess what- you CAN do it without the useless crap currently on display in every shop! In case you’re wondering, this is the stuff I mean:

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Sometimes, life throws more at us that anyone could be expected to cope with. I know it’s happened to me; I look back now and wonder how exactly I got past it all. 

Kate Shelby went through one of the worst times imaginable; her son’s cancer. Imagine having to go through that on your own. This is her story of where she drew the strength to not only get through an extremely difficult time, but how she regained her sense of self and changed her outlook later on.

Have you met Kate Shelby, from Australian Mum? She’s a blog writer, mother and lover of superheroes in tights. Kate is raising 3 children in Brisbane, QLD. She writes to tell her story and to allow other people to tell theirs. And today, she’s here to tell one of hers.

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Kate Shelby. Source: Supplied

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