What are the odds that you will be in an emergency situation that could warrant instant notification to family, friends and 911 emergency responders all at once? Let’s hope the odds are low, but some app developers don’t believe in taking chances. There are a few emergency alert apps in the app store, many deal strictly in incoming alerts (code reds, national emergencies and the like), but a few, such as Silent Bodyguard, are made for sending outgoing alerts. A new emergency alert app, eMerge 911 is an emergency alert application that simultaneously calls 911 when activated and sends text messages to people you’ve listed as emergency contacts.
The eMerge 911 app is fairly simple to set up. You register the app using your basic contact info and email address and then designate up to 10 people as emergency contacts. When you designate a contact, they receive a text message informing them that you have designated them as such. Then in the event of an emergency requiring a 911 call from your phone, your contacts will be notified of an emergency by text. That’s the gist of eMerge 911, but let’s break it down. (more...)