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Bugle: Plan for the Unexpected

As human beings we strive to be active and healthy. Whether we are joggers, hikers, runners, blind daters, club hoppers, or dog walkers, we sometimes need a safety net when things do not go quite the way we expected. When we go out, we should always ensure that someone knows where we are going in case something goes wrong.

So what do we do when we need a safety net but cannot call for help? An app called Bugle is here to provide some backup.

Bugle is a notification service app that will alert your emergency contacts when you do not check in on time, even if you do not have your phone. You can use the app when you are going out for a night on the town or simply going jogging around the neighborhood.

According to the makers of the app, It’s a way to make sure someone knows to look for you in case something unexpected happens. Lots of services let you send a notification when you get somewhere, but Bugle sends a notification to your loved ones when you don’t check in as expected. Going for a hike? Use Bugle to make sure someone will know if you don’t make it home safe. Blind date tonight? Bugle provides a safety net that you define. Bugle is different: it’s private, it’s safe, and it’s completely free. More fun. Less worry.”

To get started with the app, simply enter some details about your chosen activity. Next, you will need to select who you want to be your emergency contacts in case the activity does not go as planned. Once you enter your emergency contacts, simply select a time that you should be finished with your activity. Finally, check back in with the app when you complete your activity.

If you do not check back in on time, the app will automatically send an alert to your emergency contacts. Bugle will send them information about where you went even if you left your phone at home, lost your phone, or dropped your phone. If you forget to check in but are not actually in trouble, you can simply check into the app as soon as possible. “Checking in late will send additional messages to your contacts letting them know that you are safe and that you do not require assistance,” according to the website.

The app was “built with input from search and rescue professionals, guides, outdoor instructors, and enthusiasts like you to ensure that it does what it’s supposed to – help improve your safety when you’re out having fun.”

Bugle is free and available for download on iOS devices.  

Featured Image by Marco Verch on Flickr
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