FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IN WAKE OF KIDNAPPINGS, UNITED HATZALAH RELEASES NEW EMERGENCY ALERT APP
WITH ONE SWIPE, USERS DISPATCH GPS COORDINATES TO UNITED HATZALAH, WITH A NOTICE TO FAMILY MEMBERS THAT THEY’RE IN DANGER
JERUSALEM – Following the tragic kidnapping of three Israeli teens, United Hatzalah, Israel’s fastest emergency medical response service, has outfitted its LifeCompass technology to create “SOS,” an emergency alert app which allows users to immediately dispatch a distress call and their precise location to United Hatzalah and the Israeli police.
United Hatzalah’s dispatch centers already utilize the Irving and Cherna Moskowitz LifeCompass technology commissioned from the Israeli company NowForce to map out and respond to emergencies. This GPS-oriented technology optimizes the response time by ensuring that medic volunteers closest to the emergency receive the mobile-alerts and are then dispatched. In the wake of the kidnappings, United Hatzalah and NowForce have accelerated the launch of a public version called “SOS” to give victims of an emergency a quick and easy way to call for help.
With a swipe on the smartphone, a call goes out simultaneously to the police and to United Hatzalah’s 24/7 dispatch center. United Hatzalah receives the phone’s GPS coordinates and alert the police of the exact location. In addition to tracking the user via the smartphone, the system contacts any family or friends that are pre-programmed into the system during registration. United Hatzalah dispatchers continue to monitor the emergency until it is cleared.
In the last year alone, the Israeli police has thwarted dozens of attempted kidnappings. The recent incident has highlighted the need for additional tools and technologies to avert such tragedies.
“Our main mission at United Hatzalah is to get to medical emergencies within two minutes all over the country,” says United Hatzalah’s president and founder Eli Beer. “With the recent kidnappings, we feel obliged to share our knowledge and technology to provide that extra layer of protection for the people of Israel.”
The app is designed to function as an emergency safety and security alert system and is not meant to replace direct verbal communication with police, fire or medical emergency dispatchers.
The app is available on sos.nowforce.com in English and Hebrew.
United Hatzalah is Israel’s first and largest fully-volunteer emergency rapid response service. With a fleet of over 300 ambucycles, United Hatzalah’s 2,300 volunteers respond to nearby emergencies from mobile-alerts and are able to arrive first on site to administer urgent care within minutes from the initial call of distress – bridging the gap between emergency and ambulance arrival. United Hatzalah is a fully non-profit organization that relies solely on the generous gifts of supporters worldwide; all emergency medical treatment is administered by fully trained volunteers that do not charge for their life saving service. For more information watch United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer’s TED talk or visit www.IsraelRescue.org.
For more information or to arrange an interview contact Orit Arfa at Steinreich Communications: 052-339-6666