Smartphone app benefits both first responders and those in need
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- As we continue battling this pandemic, a Redmond man and his family have created an app they say will benefit you in case of an emergency.
Dennis Doherty and his wife have a background as emergency responders.
They've created The Emergency App.
It allows you to provide emergency contacts and medical information to first responders in the wake of an emergency, and it gives you the ability to leave voice messages when reaching out to them.
The Emergency App has two buttons, the "I Need Help" button and the "I'm Okay" button. The "I'm Okay" button helps you send messages if you ever find yourself with disabled communication during an emergency.
"Now it's not a replacement for 911, and it was never meant to be a replacement for 911," Doherty said. "It is for when those guys show up. So for an emergency, call 911, and then you can press your Emergency App."
The app is being offered for free right now to help those in need.
It's available for iPhones, but is in process of being approved for Android users to download.