I watch a lot of Law and Order: SVU. When I say a lot I mean I’ve seen every episode (15 seasons!!!). Needless to say I get a little paranoid now. But I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’ve found a few apps that make me feel a lot safer and I recommend all of you, especially the ladies, try them out!
The first is Life 360. If your family is solely on iPhones you probably don’t need this one because you can use the Find My Friends app. I haven’t used that app and I’m not sure if it’s as robust as Life 360. Since Eric uses an Android phone this app works great for us! We used it when we were out of town separately and wanted to keep up with each other without having to nag with phone calls. When Eric was in Las Vegas and also in New Orleans for bachelor parties the last thing I wanted was to bug him the whole time to check in with me! But of course my Law and Order fueled paranoia wanted me to see if he was alright. This app will track your location and show a timeline of where you’ve been for the last 12 hours. So I could easily look and see that Eric made it back to his hotel after a night of fun 🙂 He did the same thing when we took a girls trip to Miami. You may think this is a little bit much but imagine using it for your kids. My coworker has the app and gets a notification when her kids get home from school each day. It’s a great way to keep up with the people you care about.
The other app I use pretty much daily is called Safe Trek. You setup a profile with your basic information then set a 4 digit pass code. After that you can use it anytime you feel unsafe. I use it when I walk home by myself from the train station. You launch the app and hold your finger on the button until you get home or feel safe again. If you remove your finger you have 10 seconds to enter your 4 digit pass code. If for some reason you don’t enter within the 10 seconds it automatically contacts 911 for you and has your personal information and location. How cool is that!?
Eric the Safety Engineer/Eagle Scout wanted me to mention several safety apps that you probably have no use for but I’d be remiss if I ignored him 😉 He mentioned Wisner from The National Library of Medicine which assists first responders in hazardous material incidents, ERG 2012 that is the Emergency Response Guidebook and provides first responders with a go-to resource to help deal with hazmat accidents, and Survivalpedia that’s full of Army and Military survival handbooks and field manuals. FUN!
I hope you will download and try these apps out. If you know someone who could use them please share this post! Have a great and SAFE day! 🙂