Sondra had just finished buckling her infant son into his car seat when she got a notification from her Torch app. Her eyes opened wide as she read the alert; there was an active shooter near the Mall of the Americas. She quickly unbuckled the baby and walked back inside the house.
Sondra texted her friends “Meet up at the mall CANCELED. There’s a shooter! Don’t go!”
The responses came back immediately.
“Is everybody ok?”
“SAFE in the parking lot. Sending pics to Torch now. XOXO”
Sondra kept her phone out for updates from Torch for the rest of the afternoon.
Two way communication in an emergency.
Torch is an innovative app that helps keep communities safe through two-way communication. If users see something dangerous or suspicious, they can report it anonymously through photos, videos, or text. In return, they can get alerts regarding dangerous situations taking place near them.
This two-way communication can save lives in multiple ways: it gets detailed information to authorities who are then in a better position to address the situation, and it gets information out to members of the community, who can then take steps to protect themselves and those around them.
What’s more, people caught in an emergency situation can reply to alerts with messages and their GPS location in order to request assistance if it is needed. Rather than leaving authorities wondering whether there are people stranded after a major storm or hiding from a shooter, people can reach out with exact details of their whereabouts and their needs.
Stay up-to-date in any type of emergency situation.
Torch isn’t just useful for reporting and staying away from crime. It can be also used in situations like:
- Amber alerts (child abduction)
- Silver alerts (missing people, especially elders)
- BOLO Alerts
- Crisis situations
- Active shooters
- Bomb threats
- Road closures
- Severe weather
- Natural disasters
South Florida, with its miles of coastline, proximity to international borders, tourist attractions, and periodic hurricanes, has more than its share of potentially dangerous situations. Boating accidents and abductions, rip currents and runaways, all of these are reasons people might go unexpectedly missing. And while Miami’s reputation for drugs and violence has improved greatly since the 1980s, there is still crime to be found. Keeping abreast of the latest news isn’t just reassuring, it’s potentially lifesaving.
Torch can help provide peace of mind.
People will often share information about emergency situations on social media, but it’s scattered and inconsistent. Someone’s been shot … but where? A child has gone missing … but when? It’s not safe at the school right now … but why? This kind of half information, half rumor only serves to inflame worries that were already there, which can lead to full-on panic. Finding a reliable source of information is huge, but who has time to weed through all the undependable sources when there’s an emergency going on?
When disaster strikes, your decisions are only as good as the information that goes into making them. When you download Torch, you have a source of trustworthy updates that are no further away than your fingertips. Keep yourself safe while making your community a safer place too. Are you ready to protect yourself and others? Learn how it works.