Reaching out for help in case of emergency requires that we call 911, an option that doesn’t work for deaf and hard of hearing. Even though there are some states that recently introduced texting/SMS service to 911, it is not available everywhere. This is where Rescu could be helpful for the deaf and HoH community.
Rescu, a non verbal communication based service, just launched an app with emergency service around the US, partnering with government first response agencies. Unlike 911, the request is made through the app with a couple of clicks and does not require talking to a dispatcher. As soon as the request is submitted, help is dispatched. Not only does it send help, it also notifies contacts set up in the app so they know you are in an emergency situation. Another important feature is that Rescu works from anywhere. Even if you are traveling and someone at home needs help, you can ask for assistance through the app from your current location. This is something that caregivers of disabled adults who live by themselves may want to look into.
Rescu has its own private dispatch center that meets stringent regulations and has partnered with over 30,000 city and county emergency agencies across the US to dispatch ambulance, fire and police with a touch of a button. Rescu is certified by Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety certification company.
Rescu is a subscription based service that costs $7/month or $59/year. Currently, Rescu is available only in the US.
Watch the video below to see how Rescu works. Does your country have a similar service? Let us know in the comments below!