The Free Emergency App That All Australian Cyclists Should Have

Cycling towards Feathertop Wines near Bright | Josie Withers
Cycling towards Feathertop Wines near Bright | Josie Withers

The Free Emergency App That All Australian Cyclists Should Have

This app could save your life.
 
Stop everything and download the free Emergency Plus app. It's an official app from the Australian government that allows you to quickly call the Triple Zero (000) hotline, SES (132 500) hotline, or Police (131 444) hotline. 
 
Unlike simply calling these numbers from your phone, this app provides the exact latitude and longitude of your location so that emergency services can quickly contact you. It also works in areas where there is limited mobile coverage, which is a fairly common occurrence in regional Australia, particularly if your mobile provider is generally focused on the bigger cities. This is incredibly important for Australian cyclists on multi-day trips in case of an emergency.
 
 
 
Emergency Plus App
 
The app also includes other helpful features such as:
 
  • How to perform emergency CPR (from the Royal Life Saving people)
  • Poisons information hotline
  • Fire alerts
  • Life line
  • Health direct
  • Crime stoppers
  • National security hotline
 
 

From the Emergency Plus app's information page:

 

Save the app that could save your life – Emergency Plus.

In an emergency, time and location accuracy are critical. By downloading the ‘Emergency +’ app, you’ll equip yourself with a powerful tool that will help you call Triple Zero (000) quickly, and allow you to accurately communicate your location to emergency call-takers.

‘Emergency +’ is a national app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their government industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. Emergency + also includes SES and Police Assistance Line numbers as options, so non-emergency calls are made to the most appropriate number.

When calling Triple Zero (000), remember to stay focused, stay relevant and stay on the line. Before you call ask yourself:

* Is someone seriously injured or in need of urgent medical help?

* Is your life or property being threatened?

* Have you just witnessed a serious accident or crime?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, call Triple Zero (000). Triple Zero (000) calls are free.

The app uses a mobile phone’s GPS functionality and what3words, so callers can provide emergency call-takers with their location information as determined by their smart phone.

With what3words available within the Emergency+ app, Triple Zero (000) callers can confirm their exact location quickly and accurately.

what3words has divided the world into 3m squares and given each one a unique three word identifier. Addressing using what3words works offline - ideal when you have no data coverage or are in a remote location.

 
Don't forget to share this advice with a friend!
 
  

 

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