Welcome to the July edition of #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest. The last Friday of each month, a group of writers post a ‘feel good’ article on some of the good things going on in the world to deflect from some of the negativity.
For this edition, I want to share a potentially, life-saving app I discovered on Goodnet.org. This app can pinpoint any location in the world and help save lives! The ‘what3words’ app is not only useful for seeking help if you are lost or can’t find a random entrance, even into an event arena, but has many more uses too. You can share an image by adding the 3 words address on any photo you have, pinpoint your exact location for sending SOS message shares, or even just to mark a location which an address alone isn’t specific enough for, such as, for deliveries when you have a non-specific address – or even if you are homeless and live in a tent! You don’t even have to download the app if you don’t have a mobile phone, just go over to what3words.com and you can send a location through an email link.
“The app is the brainchild of the West London company founder Chris Sheldrick who grew up in a rural area according to the BBC, due to the postal delivery problems his family experienced when he was growing up.”
“The app makers were so sure that the app will save lives – and it has – that they made it available free of charge for charities, development agencies, and emergency rescue services. The United Nations integrated the solution into its disaster response tracking system so that medical aid can arrive at the correct shelter in refugee camps.”
From the App:
Use what3words to:
– Help emergency services know exactly where to find you
– Plan exact meet-up locations
– Tell car breakdown services where you are
– Navigate to any destination easily
– Save your favourite memorable spots – a viewpoint, waterfall or proposal location
– Save key locations, from incident reporting to delivery entrances
– Help people find your business or Airbnb
– Guide people to accessible entrances.
Please head over to Goodnet to read the full article, and don’t forget to download the app!
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