SOS Beacon is an emergency app that helps get you appropriate help fast in an emergency situation. In a participating jurisdiction, having SOS Beacon installed on your phone will assist 9-1-1 dispatchers in receiving your precise location when you call or text 9-1-1.
SOS Beacon helps solve the challenge that 9-1-1 often cannot precisely locate mobile 9-1-1 calls. Here’s how to set it up:
- Download the app onto your device
- Open the app and grant permission to location, texting, and calling (we need these permissions to send your location to dispatchers when you call or text 9-1-1 in an emergency)
- Accept the terms of service
- Exit the app
With SOS Beacon installed on your phone, emergency dispatchers in participating jurisdictions can access your location securely through the Next Generation 9-1-1 Clearinghouse. The data from this app never replaces the information sent to 9-1-1 from your mobile provider for dispatch purposes - it is displayed as supplemental data to aid call takers in understanding the context of your call.
Did you know that 9-1-1 isn’t always the emergency number? SOS Beacon provides a directory of emergency numbers for over 250 countries and jurisdictions worldwide, so you never have to worry about getting help when you need it.