This App Is A Panic Button for Animal and People Emergencies

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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.

Illustration for article titled This App Is A Panic Button for Animal and People Emergencies

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]


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I've never understood why you can't have an app or unique series of gestures (like maybe hold both volume buttons and shake rapidly) to dial 911 in an emergency situation.

One thing that always bothered me a little is that if I'm hanging upside-down in a car with blood running over my eyes with my phone on the ceiling, I may not be coherent enough to launch the phone app, switch over to the number pad dial, and press 9-1-1 without any mistakes or extra numbers (921 argh delete delete 81 *gasp* dammit delete delete 9 ...).

On a phone with tactile buttons, I could at least feel the right buttons to press if I'm blinded by my own dangling viscera. With a touchscreen I don't know that I could even successfully unlock it. I don't think voice control or Siri allow 911 calls either.