A personal emergency alarm is an excellent way to help you feel safe when in a vulnerable situation and quickly alert others if in danger, but with so many alarm systems on the market to choose from, it’s hard to know which one is right for you.
In this guide, we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know about personal alarms to help you decide which type will best suit your needs.
Personal emergency alarms are a form of life safety monitoring technology which allow you to notify your close contacts when you’re in a potentially vulnerable situation or quickly raise a distress signal if you ever find yourself in an emergency where you need help or assistance.
They usually allow you to nominate who you would like to be notified when the alarm is activated, whether that includes a list of trusted contacts, a professional security provider who will take action in line with your instructions, or both.
The most popular safety alarms for individuals tend to be app-based systems, largely because they’re discreet, convenient, easy to use and offer excellent communication, tracking and monitoring functionality.
As most people never leave their home without their phone, their emergency alarm will generally be with them wherever they go and will be easily accessible if they ever need to use it.
App-based safety alarms are often able to:
It is however important to note that many app-based systems can only be configured to notify a pre-selected list of trusted contacts in an emergency, which can present issues if your contacts are unavailable or don’t have their phone on them.
If you need more reliable support, opt for an app with live monitoring from a professional security provider, which will ensure a distress call never goes unnoticed.
It can be hard to know what to look for when choosing a personal alarm. To make it a little easier, here are some valuable features you might want to look for when deciding which system is right for you:
A reliable map system that tracks your movement and records your journey while providing real-time updates to your emergency contacts.
Activates a live audio and video feed when the alarm is activated allowing your contacts to hear and see what’s happening in real-time, while also taking recordings which can be used as evidence.
The ability to pre-set a timer before entering a potentially dangerous situation which will alert your contacts and/or security provider if not disarmed before the scheduled time.
Round-the-clock monitoring from a professional security provider who can dispatch police or emergency services to your location.
Automatically detects sudden changes in speed, impact or non-movement.
Smart and simple functionality that makes it easy to activate the alarm in an emergency.
Sends regular, discrete signals when tracking is activated to provide reassurance that tracking mode is active and working.
The ability to choose whether you want to activate an attention-grabbing siren with flashing lights when under duress, or if you want the alarm to remain silent and discrete.
The ability to nominate individuals or groups of trusted contacts that will be notified whenever you start a journey, also allowing them to view your current location.
The ability to publish live updates to your Facebook or Twitter feed for maximum exposure if desired.
At Calamity, we’ve developed the FEARLESS personal safety app which provides a superior level of protection for whenever you might be in danger.
Including all the features and functionality mentioned above, the app is connected to our state of the art monitoring facility where our team of trained security experts will always be available to help you when you need it most.
With the ability to quickly activate the alarm by simply shaking the phone, pressing the volume up key or using the slider (if activated), we will immediately initiate a response in line with your agreed alarm handling and escalation process.