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.