In a real emergency, all you need is three numbers – 911. But, if you have a sinking feeling that something bad is about to go down, or if you need an immediate place to turn to for a wide range of emergency services, 5 Star Urgent Response might be what you need. Initializing the app will immediately connect you to trained Certified Response Agents, who will acts as dispatchers for a whole host of services.
The service uses GPS information to pinpoint your location, if emergency personnel need to be sent to where you are. The dispatchers can also put you in contact with 911, designated nurses, or your friends and family via conference call in crisis situations.
You can also create a personal profile, which is protected by a PIN number. Within that profile, you can enter medical information and emergency contact information, which is only released to emergency responders in case of an actual crisis situation. The use of your personal profile by the app is guaranteed as HIPAA compliant.
5 Star Urgent Response is a little expensive. The app costs $14.99 to download, which covers the first month of service. After that, the service costs $14.99 per month. Seems to be on the pricey side, but if you live in a high-risk neighborhood, it could well end up being the tool that saves your life. At the very least, having it at your disposal can’t hurt.