Emergency+ smartphone app could save your life

POLICE from the Richmond LAC are reminding parents and children about a free smartphone application that could save their lives if they are lost.

Developed by Australia's Triple Zero Awareness Working Group, the Emergency+ application for both Apple and and android operating system displays the GPS coordinates of the phone's location so that the caller can read out their exact location to an emergency operator.

The Emergency+app is now available on Android, iOS and Windows.  Photo Contributed
The Emergency+app is now available on Android, iOS and Windows. Photo Contributed Contributed

App locates people

Richmond LAC Inspector Nicole Bruce said she knew of a number of rescues across NSW involving missing persons where the Emergency+ application helped locate people.

On Monday night, Insp Bruce said four teenagers lost in bushland near Canberra used the Emergency+ application so authorities could quickly locate them.

"The Emergency+ app has been used many times to locate missing persons in NSW," she said.

"It's very effective and police highly recommend it."

Download is free

Insp Bruce said the application was available to the public and can downloaded for free.

"Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn used the Emergency+ app when it first came out in the Blue Mountains to locate missing persons," she said.

"We advocate the use of the Emergency+ app strongly to parents and teenagers."

Coverage downfall

The only downfall of the application is that it doesn't work if there is no mobile phone reception in an area.

People should not rely on any smartphone app as their only way of requesting emergency assistance.

In an emergency it is always best to call Triple Zero (000) direct.

To download the application visit http://www.triplezero.gov.au/Pages/EmergencySmartphoneApp.aspx



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