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.

Emergency plus

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!

emergency plus app- let's do this

iPhone users go here.

Android users go here.

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  • Yasmine Perkins

    I downloaded this last week- I don’t know why it isn’t advertised!
    Can I also add, set up your medical ID if you have an iPhone. Working in emergency services I have used this many time for unconscious patients- it’s great.

  • Onto it! Thanks for the heads up Amy x

  • Ingrid – fabulous and fun life

    I did a First Aid Refresher course at Red Cross this week and they recommended this app too!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Oh that is good- glad they’re spreading the word!

  • Will be downloading the app pronto! Thanks for the valuable information. We used to live on a busy intersection and I had to call emergency services a number of times to report accidents (interestingly, the tow trucks often beat them to the scene!). Luckily, I knew where I was!

    • Excellent 🙂 Yes, I think towies used to listen in on the radio but most police channels are encrypted now

  • Kathy Marris

    Great idea! You never know when you may need to use this. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo Tracey

    This is such a good idea. A friend told me about it the other week & it went in one ear & out the other – yet I’ve had to call emergency in the last few months for that friend, so really should have downloaded it on the spot. To hear about it again so soon is the reminder. #TeamLovinLife

    • Takes only a few seconds to do

      • Jo Tracey

        I did it as soon as I typed my comment the other day. All done.

  • writeofthemiddle

    Fantastic information from yourself and Lauren – thank you!! I’ll be downloading that app and also entering my medical/emergency info into my iPhone’s Health app. I never knew! #TeamLovinLife

    • Good- I hope you never need it- but if you do, it’ll be there!

  • It sounds like such a smart app!

  • LydiaCLee

    Have never heard of this – thanks!

  • It is great to have Apps that serve several purposes. I’ve been culling my apps recently as phone phone’s memory has been full and I’ve had extraneous stuff on there!

    • I do that periodically too- see ya, candy crush! 😀

  • Brilliant public service announcement. I need to install this on my (elderly) parent’s phones too.

  • Sounds like a great app. I guess my biggest question about it, for remote areas, are you still able to get the map info if you’re in an area that has no proper service and only allows for SOS calls from your phone? If it does that’s brilliant, if not then someone needs to get on that stat!

    • I’m not sure- good question! I’d imagine it might give some indication though maybe not as accurately due to the distance between towers etc? Will look into it!

  • Magda J Mitchell

    Great idea! I had no idea this existed. Downloading now x

  • Great advice. Will get onto this!
    #teamlovinlife