Saudi Red Crescent launches “Asefni” app to request emergency service

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Saudi Red Crescent paramedics show to the press their emergency equipment, ahead of the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. (File photo: AFP)
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ASAFNI applications is available to download for all smartphones.
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi Red Crescent launches “Asefni” app to request emergency service

JEDDAH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has launched a new application to receive emergency services requests through smart phones in six different languages, with the aim of providing the best emergency services in the Kingdom.
The application, called “Asefni” or “Save Me,” allows users to communicate their distress to an emergency team via a phone call or text message, and are then able to track the status of their communication.


It also provides the emergency teams with the user’s location, as well as information about health facilities within their vicinity, emergency contact numbers for relief organizations, and the option of registering the user’s medical history.
There is a text-message-only option, designed to accommodate hearing impaired and special needs users, through which they can contact an emergency team without having to make any calls.
The Saudi Red Crescent seeks to provide the best emergency services to those in need by ensuring fast response to calls of distress, and increasing the accuracy of users’ locations.
Users are also able to send an urgent distress message in extreme emergencies to members of the Red Crescent and their next of kins through the SMS service.


Sandstorm and rain expected on the weekend

Updated 9 min 38 sec ago
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Sandstorm and rain expected on the weekend

  • Low visibility was forecast on Thursday and Friday for cities in the Riyadh region
  • Sub-zero temperatures are expected

RIYADH: A sandstorm engulfed parts of the Kingdom on Thursday, enveloping the skyline with dust and hampering visibility in some cities in the Eastern Province.

The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection has forecast more such storms and low visibility between Wednesday and Saturday across the Kingdom, as well as light to moderate rain and snowfall to the north, which will lead to a substantial drop in temperatures in places, including Riyadh.

According to forecasts, mercury levels could drop as low as -3 degrees Celsius.

Low visibility was forecast on Thursday and Friday for cities in the Riyadh region, including Al-Kharj, Shaqra, Zulfi, Dawadmi, Afif, Aflaj and Wadi Al-Dawasir.

High speed wind and dust are predicted during the day time.

According to the forecast for Riyadh, especially areas north of the city, mercury levels will drop on Friday and Saturday, while wind speed reached up to 27 km/h in the capital on Thursday.

Residents in the Eastern Province, Makkah, Madinah, Tabuk, Al-Jouf, Hail, Al-Qassim and Najran also experienced dusty weather.

Amid volatile weather conditions, the Civil Defense has advised motorists to slow down due to continued low visibility.

In other news, residents across parts of the Kingdom will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse just before dawn on Monday.

The eclipse will be 90 percent visible in Tabuk, half visible in Madinah, a third visible in Makkah and only marginally visible in Riyadh.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Asked Jeddah about style for km/h, as there were some variations.