Emergency information at your fingertips

Bossies Community Justice (BCJ) recently launched its own free user-friendly app for the whole community.

The app was designed and created for the organisation by Christiaan van der Merwe, Lowveld Hospital’s IT specialist.

Van der Merwe explained that it was not to compete with security companies. “It is free and easy to use by the community.”

He said it is not an alarm system or panic button. “Bossies is about information and support and this app will have contact information at your fingertips.”

It can be downloaded from Google Playstore and displays the contact numbers for BCJ’s Albert Gryvenstein and Danie Theron.

This contact information can be accessed without having data on your phone. Gryvenstein said when somebody contacts them via the app, a geographical location is sent to their phones.

“This helps us find someone in need of assistance, especially on farms and plots,” he said. “When people register for the app, we get their contact details and know who they are.”

He urges people to send more info through, as a location alone does not inform them about the nature of an emergency.

The app displays a list of emergency numbers for police, the fire department and various emergency services. It also offers a display of various doctors and specialists in the area.

The page further provides the latest local news. “This informs people about protests or other action in places or if major storms are expected.”

Van der Merwe added that the app was a team effort in terms of design and development. “It took about three to four months to develop and we will still add more features.”

Tereasa Dias

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