No matter where we are in the world, we’re always faced with the potential for an emergency to occur. If you’re a globetrotter, Emergency Phone Numbers is an iPhone app that you must download for your device. Developed by Thomas Gulli, this fantastic utility will help you find your location and emergency phone numbers no matter where you are in the world.
Normally you’d know the phone number for emergency services when you’re in your home country or territory, but what if an emergency arises when you’re traveling abroad? Time spent searching for a phone number is time wasted, and Emergency Phone Numbers aims to make it incredibly easy to get in touch with help as quickly as possible.
Naturally you’d want an app that’s both easy to use and full of helpful information. Emergency Phone Numbers covers both bases very well and I love the fact that the app gets straight to the point without bombarding you with unnecessary menus and features. The main screen includes all of the information you need, such as your location and the phone numbers for police, medical, and fire crews.
Emergency Phone Numbers even allows you to dial emergency services within the app and displays your location while you’re on the phone with help so you know exactly where you are. This is an extra feature that’s surprisingly simple, but incredibly helpful if you’re in a foreign place.
One of my favorite things about Emergency Phone Numbers is that it’s much more than just an iPhone app with contact numbers. You can opt to enable the Notification Center widget, which allows you to contact emergency services even quicker. The app also includes support for Apple Watch.
For those who want a visual view of where they are, Emergency Phone Numbers includes a map feature that pinpoints your location so you can tell exactly where you are without having to use an external map app such as Apple Maps.
As always, keep in mind that these emergency numbers are to be used for true emergencies only. You also have to be mindful of the fact that not all emergency calls abroad are free. The developers also state that numbers may be incorrect, but hopefully this isn’t the case if an emergency happens and you need to use the app.
I do wish there was a way for the developers to make sure the database of emergency numbers remains up-to-date at all times, primarily because people could be relying on the app in a life or death situation and they need to have current and accurate information.
Overall, Emergency Phone Numbers is a very handy iPhone app that’s perfect for travelers who want peace of mind. I highly recommend giving the app a try, even if it’s just to familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers while abroad.
Emergency Phone Numbers requires iOS 8.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
A small administrative fee was paid by the developer for publication of this review, which did not influence the reviewer’s opinion