You're visiting a friend out of state with your cockapoo Curly, and your pound-size chocolate bar has gone missing. Curly has a chocolate mustache and is not looking altogether well. Panic! It's OK, go ahead. Because a new app called Press Panic provides an emergency-vet-finding, one-button app.
Dr. John Porter of Kirkman Road Veterinary Clinic in Orlando, Florida, came up with the idea for Press Panic because so many vacationers in his town bring their pets along, but dont know where to go when their furry friend gets sick.
It also works for people! If you have a serious emergency, it's best to call 911. But if you need to find an ER and the situation allows you to forgo a potentially expensive ambulance ride, Press Panic will find the closest facility.
It's available on iPhone and Android; for people hospitals, the app is free; add the vet information and pay a one-time $2.00 fee. After pinpointing your location with GPS, it scans a private database of 30,000 hospitals and vets around the country and spits out the ones closest to you. It covers all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.
"Every single hospital has detailed latitude and longitude coordinates which triangulate around users' exact GPS location. One press gives you a list of hospitals, addresses, a quick-call option and a quick-directions option," Press Panic developer Austin Allen told me.
Even if you're at a park just a few miles off your regular stomping grounds, the app could shave minutes off your trip to the closest ER—and that could save lives. [PressPanic]