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eMERGE 911 app review: an iPhone emergency notification app

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Introduction

eMERGE 911 is an iPhone app that enables the user to have easy access to help should they need it. All they have to do is set it up for their personal information, set emergency contacts, and they're ready to go.

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eMERGE 911

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Set it and Forget it Until You Need It

This is truly a set it and forget it kind of app. eMERGE 911 has you set up your personal information, add a few contacts to be messaged, and then you're ready to go. At that point, if you're in an emergency situation such as a car accident, you open the app, hit 911, and your contacts are messaged that you're in an emergency, they are sent your location, and 911 is dialed after a short delay. The delay is important because you may get in trouble for calling when not a true emergency.

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The screen is set up so that there are four main buttons. The largest and most obvious is the 911 button, and then below are personal information, emergency contacts, and features. Under the features you can read the instructions such as the five-second delay before the 911 call, that the app can't be of as much use without the GPS turned on, and so on. I also appreciate that the personal information is kept safe to update by a password so your child, again, cannot change this on you.

How it Stacks Up

I have tried several apps in what is considered the ICE or in case of emergency category. This is a concern I always have as I am often home alone with my kids and need them to have the important information at hand if need be. eMERGE 911 is a good app for someone who is either younger, such as a preteen through university-aged young adult, or older such as a retired single person. There is only one user option, but the app notifies the emergency contacts of your location as well as your current need. This is helpful, but can also cause undue panic if your teen initiates the app accidentally and does not disable and you're left trying to contact them while they're calling 911.

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For parents, it does not have a multiple user option. I use iEmergency Pro for my family as it has unlimited profiles and includes more detailed personal information. It does not have the GPS and auto text though, so this is a different kind of app. It's more for reference at the hospital than notifying. Either way, if you are looking for an ICE app, one of these will fit your needs.

eMERGE 911

Free

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free
  • Alerts your contacts as well as 911
  • Sends text to your contacts including a GPS location
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Freaks out contacts if you're not in an emergency

Final Thoughts

eMERGE 911 is an iPhone app that helps you to notify your emergency contacts should there be an emergency. Set your personal information, set your contacts, and enable your GPS, and you will be set to be safe. All you'll have to do is press the 911 button and your contacts will be notified that you are in an emergency, know your location, and 911 will be called if you don't disable it within five seconds. This is an excellent tool for high school, college, and university students, or retired people now living alone.

 

eMERGE 911

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