Cell Phone Alerts Prompt Quick Action in Emergencies
Your cell phone's lifeline capabilities extend beyond dialing 9-1-1.
Advances in technology now enable your cell phone to receive alerts in emergency situations. In June, the Fire District introduced the PulsePoint lifesaving mobile app in partnership with our local dispatch agency, CONFIRE. The PulsePoint mobile app alerts CPR-trained citizens to someone nearby in sudden cardiac arrest. The app features complete 9-1-1 system integration and is available in Rancho Cucamonga and most of San Bernardino County. It helps cardiac arrest victims get immediate care from nearby qualified residents while Paramedics are en route. Bystanders can also find a nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED) through its companion app, PulsePoint AED.
Having trained individuals notified and capable of rendering aid means more cardiac arrest victims will have a better chance of survival. The Rancho Cucamonga Fire District encourages everyone to download the free PulsePoint app and learn CPR. You never know when you might be in the right place at the right time to help someone.
In addition to the life-saving CPR/AED functionality, the app shares real-time updates on Fire District responses such as structure fires, traffic collisions and rescues. PulsePoint will not share calls for medical assistance, whether at a public place or private residence, to protect one’s privacy.
Emergency alerts pushed directly to your cell phone can also provide you with timely warnings that may require you to take action, especially if you are in an area with imminent danger. An estimated 95 percent of Americans own cell phones, yet less than 50 percent of households have a landline, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So how can you ensure you are alerted in emergency situations in enough time to react and evacuate safely if needed? San Bernardino County law enforcement and fire departments use the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) to send high-speed mass notifications via telephone and text messages. The notifications are sent to areas in eminent danger where critical information must be communicated for public safety, such as the need for evacuation. Landline phones are automatically added to the database, but residents must sign-up to receive notifications via text message or Voice Over Internet phone numbers (VOIP). The Fire District encourages you to sign up today at https://bit.ly/2NkQfcc.