The other day I was taking Roofus for a walk when a guy I did not recognize pulled up next to me in his car and started talking to me. He wasn’t asking directions – just trying to chat and I immediately got that “this isn’t right” feeling. I can’t put my finger on anything he did that I would say was inappropriate, but the hair on the back of my neck was standing up and I trusted my gut enough to reroute the rest of my walk to stick to the part of my neighborhood where I knew there were more people home during the day.
I had my cell phone with me, but would I have really known how to use it to keep me safe? Ironically, I had downloaded React Mobile earlier in the week for the purposes of this review. (This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and React Mobile. All opinions are my own.) React Mobile is a free app that has several tools you can use in an emergency situation.
Follow Me is the built in GPS feature. You add certain friends and/or family to your contacts list within the app and they are able to see you movements in real rime when Follow Me is activated. It’s a casual way to let them know where you are without raising too many alarms. It’s a great option for anytime you are thinking “Does anyone know where I am if something happened to me?” You set the Follow Me to stay active for a certain amount of time, then it is done. The nice thing is that your contacts do not need to have the app installed to see this feature.
Send SOS is another option. When you activate this option, the app sends a message to your contacts letting them know that you need help. It also enables you to dial 911 with just the touch of one button. Should the worst happen, and you are abducted, you can trigger a silent SOS message including your GPS coordinated to go to your pre-selected contacts via email and text without your abductor even knowing. You can even have your plea for help posted on your social networks if you so choose.
See React Mobile in action in this short video: