A mother’s worry is never ending. Growing up I remember my Mom being a worrier. Call me when you get to your friends house! Call me when you get home! Although at times it was annoying, I know she was worrying out of the goodness of her heart. I didn’t fully understand this lesson until I became a mother myself. The first time I left my son alone with a stranger (i.e babysitter), I fully understood the vulnerability that you experience letting your child out of your sight. My kids are all under the age of 7, so I haven’t dealt with their independence yet, but I can only imagine the fear to be tenfold.
I also learned, that a Mother’s worry doesn’t end when their child becomes an adult. As a postal worker, I drive in rural areas, alone and in bad weather, to deliver mail. Whether rain or shine, or snowy weather the mail will be delivered! I remember last year when we were hit with a horrible snow storm. My mom constantly worried about my location and my safety. We used an android app so she could track my location, but it drained our batteries and froze often increasing my mom’s fear rather than alleviating it.
When I was introduced to React Mobile, I was intrigued. React Mobile is a safety application for the iPhone and Androids that alerts our family, friends and even the police in the event of an emergency. The app was created after the Co-Founder, Robb Monkman was held at gunpoint during a home invasion in college. Wanting to turn this terrifying experience into something positive, he helped to creat a tool that could be used to silently and discreetly alert help if someone should be in a similar situation.
The application was very set up and use. With simplistic prompts, you can be armed and ready within a matter of minutes. Simply download the app from your phone’s appropriate store, Itunes or GooglePlay. Once it has uploaded on your phone, you create an account using Facebook or your email, add your emergency contacts and the app is ready to use. I love how easy it was to set up. With the contact feature, I was able to import my important contact information from my phone to the app without having to reenter them into the phone.Within seconds your smartphone is transformed from a regular smartphone into a powerful lifeline.
The app has a “Follow Me” feature, that let’s your contacts track your whereabouts in real-time. You click the “follow me| button and your contacts are emailed or text messaged a link to a map showing your exact whereabouts. You have the option of being tracked for 30 minutes, 1 hour or two hours. When you get to your destination, you click “I’m safe” and another email/text message is sent to your contacts letting them know you have reached your destination. This is great when I’m delivering mail in bad weather, my mom can watch my location and if I’m stuck in snow or need assistance she knows the exact GPS location to my whereabouts.
Getting help in an emergency is as simple as pressing the SOS shield on the app. This immediately sends out a panic alert to your emergency contacts via text message and email, which can optionally be posted to Facebook and Twitter. Exact GPS locations are provide so your contacts know where you are. Once the SOS alert is activated, you’re automatically prompted to dial 911. Imagine the freedom a women has knowing that she can walk down a street and be a simple click away from help if she is afraid.
WARNING: This app launches immediately! When I was setting up the app and “testing” it out, when I got a frantic call from my Mom asking if I was alright. Although I had activated the shield and deactivated within seconds of each other (i.e. upon realizing my mistake), my emergency contacts received an email/text message stating I needed help! Its nice to know that it works instantly, even if you are interrupted. I love this app and definitely feel safer driving alone, knowing that help is only a click of a button away.
Download React Mobile to your smartphone today!