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Distress Signal App for Foreign Countries

Distress Signal App for Foreign Countries

A new iPhone/Android app called Distress Signal has been launched as the ideal companion for anyone travelling to foreign countries. Using SMS and GPS services, it makes contacting the emergency services as quick and easy as sending a text message and could be a real life-saver. The app sends an SMS containing the user’s location, name, blood group and any allergies (which are entered on registering the app) so that the right help can be sent.

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It was created by David Nurse, Managing Director of Mesh Trading Ltd, after he fell ill while on holiday in Venice. Fortunately, he was travelling with a friend who was able to get him to a hospital where he was treated for myocarditis – inflammation of the heart due to an infection, but as David had no idea exactly where he was, couldn’t speak Italian and didn’t know the number to call for an ambulance, he could have been in real trouble.

“I realised that millions go abroad each year but wouldn’t know what number to call if they fell ill or were in an accident,” David explains. “Time is of the essence in an emergency, and if you don’t speak the language or know where you are, even if you get the number you might not be able to explain your situation. That’s why I came up with Distress Signal. I realised that we could use the emergency SMS service developed for those with hearing problems to make it quick and easy for anyone to alert the police, ambulance or fire brigade. It means you don’t waste time and get help quickly.”

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In just a few clicks, users can select which service they require and send a text to the control centre asking them to send help. The Distress Signal app is available in all countries in their native language and the SMS is translated for the country you are in when sent to the emergency services.

The app gives users the options to call the emergency services directly, and contains first aid information from the British Red Cross on everything from bites and burns to strokes and CPR. For frequent travellers there is a first aid kit checklist of the things they should aim to carry with them, and the app also includes a torch feature, alert siren and locations of the nearest hospitals and police stations.

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“It’s perfect if you don’t know where you are, don’t speak the language of the country you are in, can’t talk because of an intruder or medical problem, don’t have enough signal for a call, or just don’t have time to make the call, because time is critical!” said David.

The texting feature currently works in the UK, Ireland, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines and Iceland. It will be available across the USA and Europe as each country updates its emergency SMS service. See Distress-signal.com

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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