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Old 12-15-2016, 09:23 PM   #1
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I've Fallen and...and

Traveling more, and not getting any younger. It's time to get real and recognize that I need a GPS tracker with an emergency call button. Nothing bad has ever happened to me, but I travel alone, and am going farther afield... so I need that ounce of prevention. If I know I'll be out of cell range I will set up scheduled times to find a land line and call my sister but I don't want her to have to always be on guard duty.

Anyone have experience with the various providers... or perhaps even an app for the cell?


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Old 12-15-2016, 09:26 PM   #2
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If it doesn't feel like an inappropriate breech of your privacy, you could allow your sister to track your phone or tablet by the "find my I phone" feature. This can't say I'm OK or I need help, but it can let her know you are where she expected you to be. And no cost.


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Old 12-15-2016, 09:33 PM   #3
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What tow vehicle do you have? Chevy/gMC have Onstar, which will connect you to help or directional services, and there are some other providers, I believe.

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Old 12-15-2016, 09:44 PM   #4
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OnStar is a good option.

Here's a Google search for "personal safety apps"

Good luck!
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Old 12-15-2016, 10:02 PM   #5
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On Star was going to be my recommendation as well. My wife does not and cannot drive and she feels totally safe with it while we are travelling.
Funny story. I accidentally hit the emergency call button. When it was answered I immediately pushed the button again thinking I had turned it off. I then went into a meeting. On the way out there was an RCMP officer waiting to ask if I was OK. Embarrassed, I explained what happened and we had a chuckle about it.
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:04 PM   #6
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But will onstar do any good if I'm not in the truck. BTW IT DIDN'T work at all when I had the wreck 3 years ago. In the recent hurricane I had to go outside to open the valve on my 2nd propane tank. Power was out and i needed to keep the fridge running. We wereon the fringe of the storm with 40 to 50 mph gusys. A bit hairy gettimg back inside,
especially getting the door closed, if i had fallen i would have needed a panic button.

A man 10 years younger than I am recently fell outside his moho and no one heard him yelling or pounding on the side for over an hour. Hypothermic by the time a work camper spotted him. Made me think.t
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:39 PM   #7
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I haven't used one personally, but I know several serious mountain climbers and sailors who use these to keep in contact and to call for help:Spot Messenger (
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:49 PM   #8
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And it's on sale, 1/2 off. You do have to buy a service plan, about $165 per year.
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Old 12-16-2016, 12:03 AM   #9
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I climb and hike the mountains of Colorado. I have used both the findme spot above, and the Delorme Inreach.

Both are satellite and allow tracking and message sending. So if you have it on tracking mode, then your sister can see where you are whenever she wants.

The spot has three preprogrammed buttons that you can use to send messages, such as I'm okay, need help, or 911. The I reach allows you to customize messages, or with a smartphone app it allows you to text just like on a phone.

I switched to the inreach as I liked to be able to have a text conversation with my wife instead of just sending a preprogrammed note.

I am not sure of the costs for spot, but you can check the web link. The inreach costs me $26 per month, and allows about 40 texts for free. You can also suspend the service if you aren't using it.

Both units also have the emergency 911 button, when you hit that, it sends your GPS location and SEarch and rescue is notified and will eventually come to your aid.

note, depending on remoteness, it can take a long time. I was on a 14er halfway up, someone had broken their ankle, we used the spot to call 911, it took more than 6 hours for a team to arrive and help the person. This was remote.

The other thing I like about the delorme is that when you hit 911, you can actually text and let them know specifics etc. a two way conversation and be coached by medical,support if needed.

When I go on camping trips remote with my young children, we keep it on track mode, and the wife (who stays at home often) can log into the web and see where we are and what we have been doing. Good piece of mind for her.....

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Old 12-17-2016, 03:14 PM   #10
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Old 12-17-2016, 04:12 PM   #11
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I ride motorcycles in very remote areas. I bought a "Spot Tracker". It works great for me. I just have the basic service, but I can message my wife that I'm fine, or that I'm done for the day. It sends her my coordinates every time I message her. It also has two other messages. One, that I need mechanical help, and the last one is a 911 call. It goes out to authorities and designated individuals. I had to use the last mode when I buddy crashed his bike and we were well out of any cell tower range. It worked perfectly. If you want to pay more, it has a tracking feature that can let one person, or the general public know where you are any any given moment. I guess there might be other ones out there now. I've not had a reason to switch. It's a small unit. The batteries last a long time, and I've never heard of it being out of range.
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Old 12-17-2016, 04:40 PM   #12
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Maybe you need to go someplace with a better climate and warmer....southern Calif...if you fall down at least you won't freeze to death..Lol..
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Old 12-17-2016, 05:30 PM   #13
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Paula, we use iLife 360, which is an app for iPhone. There are several choices and options, as far as what it can do for you.
I am sure there is a similar app for Android, though I don't have access to the play store.
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Old 12-17-2016, 05:34 PM   #14
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We got one for my dad at Walmart (as recommended by our Amedisys care provider). It cost about $30 to buy the device and $15 per month for the service. It connected through the Verizon wireless system. You press the button and an agent responds through a speaker in the device.

We liked that it connected through Verizon so that it would work wherever he went.

I can't remember the name of the device / service. We were happy with the results. Walmart probably still carries it.


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