Call 911 The App Helps Smartphone Owners Prepare for Emergencies

Available now for free iOS download, with Android version to follow, new app makes it easier to provide preset or real-time location information to 911 operators, Handy Apps reports

911 operators nationwide handle an average of about 240 million emergency calls each year, according to the National Emergency Number Association. With the latest "Review of Nationwide 911 Data Collection" from revealing that 80 percent of all such calls are now placed using mobile phones, pinning down a location has become a lot more difficult than in the past.

A new 911 app for iPhone from Handy Apps, LLC is helping to make its users, their loved ones, and the general public safer. With an Android version to be released soon, the 911 app makes it easier to provide preset or real-time location data either by voice or by Text-to-911, where supported. When an emergency arises and first responders must know where they are needed, those who text or call 911 using "Call 911 The App" can be sure of making every moment count.

"No one wants to have to call 911, but being able to communicate quickly and clearly when the need arises can save lives," said Call 911 The App creator Becky Cantrell. "Unfortunately, many 911 callers find themselves struggling even to tell an operator where they are at the moment -- we experienced this when our son suffered a life-threatening medical emergency and our babysitter couldn't remember our address when she was on the phone with 911. Our new app was designed to make sure that no one ever needs to confront this dangerous problem. Whether by making it easy to read preset location data out loud or facilitating the sending of real-time GPS info by text, Call 911 The App aims to make life safer and more secure for us all."

The National Emergency Number Association reports that, as of January 2017, there were 5,874 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) nationwide, with each of these entities being responsible for fielding 911 emergency calls in particular areas. Whereas 911 operators formerly could rely on relatively permanent associations between land-line-based incoming phone numbers and particular physical addresses, the astronomical growth in usage of mobile devices has made this much less common.

Call 911 The App was created to ensure that smartphone owners would never have to struggle with providing location information to emergency operators. Users can set up detailed address entries for home, work, and other common destinations or enable real-time GPS location reporting. For PSAPs that support SMS messaging, Call 911 The App can then text that information when needed. When contacting a 911 operator by voice, Call 911 The App users can simply read off preset or real-time location information when prompted, instead of needing to fight under difficult circumstances to provide an accurate address on the spot.

Call 911 The App is available now for free for iOS devices from Apple's iTunes App Store. A version for Android devices is under development and will be released on the Google Play Store in the near future.

About Handy Apps, LLC:
As the creator of the popular Call 911 The App, Handy Apps, LLC is dedicated to making the lives of smartphone owners easier, safer, and more enjoyable. App developed by BrainyApps of Miami, Florida.

Contact Info:
Name: Becky Cantrell
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Organization: Handy Apps, LLC
Address: Santa Barbara, California
Phone: 805-570-9174

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