‘Emergency +’ was developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners. The mobile phone app uses a phone’s GPS functionality so callers can provide emergency call-takers with their location information as determined by their smart phone. ‘Emergency+’ also includes SES and Police Assistance Line numbers as options, so non-emergency calls are made to the most appropriate number.
Please note that while this app will use any phone network in an emergency it doesn’t work without an active phone network. So while this is not a replacement for a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) it does provide you with an excellent emergency location device for the times that you aren’t carrying a dedicated beacon and are close to civilisation.
The latest version of this app also uses ‘what3words’ in addition to latitude and longitude which will narrow down your location to a unique 3 square meter location by using three words unique to that particular spot.
The app can be downloaded from: