My Emergency App has a great idea. It takes the emergency numbers for 911, your local fire, police, hospital, poison control, etc. and stores them in one convenient location. Each category has its own icon so you open up the app, quickly find what you need, give it a tap and the number is there at your fingertips. There are also icons for your personal emergency contacts and you can enter in information for those people. The app will store the information and should you need it you’ll find it there later. Now this is all very convenient but where the app comes in very handy is that it pulls in other local emergency numbers based on your geographical location. You’ll find the information for urgent care centers, pet hospitals, dentists, locksmiths, tow services and more. All of this information is stored in this one app so if you find yourself in any type of emergency situation it’s conceivable the answer could very well be in the My Emergency App.
The question arises as to how the contacts are selected to appear in the app. On the My Emergency App website it’s explained that local businesses must have a score of four stars or higher on Yelp or Google Places in order to be listed in the app. They must also not have any unresolved negative reports on the Better Business Bureau. Local businesses can apply to be listed in the app but they must meet those criteria. The “service provider” page on the website explains this information as well as the types of emergency phone numbers that can be found in the app. In some locations not every category will have a phone number, especially now as the app is just beginning. As the word spreads I’m certain the list of providers will grow.
Using the app is straightforward. You really do just tap on an icon to pull up your list of numbers. If you want to add in a number it’s a simple process of entering the name and phone number. The one thing that bothered me about the app was the phone number format. I kept entering them in like this 1 (555) 555-5555 but received the message this was an invalid phone number. Right now you have to enter the number in an 11 digit format like this 5555555555, no spaces. Personally, I would prefer to see the phone number with parenthesis and dashes rather than run together in one long string of digits.
I really do like the idea of My Emergency App and think it will be a very handy tool once the app begins to fill up with more service providers. Having everything you could possibly need in an emergency right at your fingertips can be a comforting thought.
Price when Reviewed: $1.99
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.