The four major cell phone service providers–Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and AT&T — enabled customers to text their emergencies to the local governments in 16 states that are set up for it. (Only Vermont is currently using the technology statewide.) So yes, this basically means that instead of calling 911, you can no text them because nothing says emergency like furiously tapping your thumbs against you phone’s screen.
For now, the FCC says that texting 911 should be limited to the hearing-impaired and people in situations where speaking could be dangerous (think domestic abuse or hostage cases), and photos and video won’t go through. Well, that makes sense, but just like with anything in this world–someone, somewhere is poised to abuse this service.
I can see it now–911’s account getting a flood of sexts, or worse, graphic images of various freaks’ body parts. Maybe folks won’t be that dumb, considering 911 has and will always have caller ID. Try your luck in texting them something inappropriate and I’m sure the police will be at your door in no time.
Would you text 911?
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Protect Yourself: 7 Apps That Can Help Prevent Rape
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5. Circle Of 6
This amazing app won the White House's Apps Against Abuse contest, so you know it's great! Tap the phone icon, for example, and a text goes out to your preset "circle" of six emergency contacts telling them you need a ride home. you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. There's so many great uses! Get the app: http://bit.ly/1cJ1Eha
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Not only does a single tap or shake set off this app's piercing alarm, but it secretly starts recording video of your attacker on your phone so they can be identified later. Panic Guard tracks your location as soon as the alarm is activated and sends your coordinates to your preselected contacts and police, so even if you flee the scene, they can still find you. Get the app: http://bit.ly/1nhcTmH
Kitestring is a new service that aims to make sure people get from point A to point B safely, notifying their emergency contacts if they don't. You tell Kitestring that you're in a dangerous place or situation, & give it a time frame of when to check in on you. If you don't reply back when it checks your status, it'll alert your emergency contacts with a custom message you set up. Get the app: http://bit.ly/1kQnLp0
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This app can send a distress call or emergency message to a specified contact or group in an emergency situation faced by a woman or any other individual in general. Use a "Single" click Distress signal. Get the app: http://bit.ly/1iiHUDv