It’s a regular Saturday night trying to get down to Hollywood from the Valley, and as anyone in Los Angeles knows, taking an Uber is really the only way to go. It’s way more convenient, especially since the parking down there is basically non-existent, and what twenty-something has the money to make it rain at the valet stand every weekend? Not I! Ubers are great, but coming home in the late hours of the night can sometimes give you a sketchy vibe if you’re riding alone. Instead of obsessively checking Google maps every two seconds and constantly texting your friends about your route, just let one app do all that work for you. It’s called BlueLight. Remember those giant blue light portals placed sporadically around your college campus that you can use to dial campus police or security in case of emergency? Now there’s an app for that.
The app is so simple and easy to use, basically you register, identify some people as your emergency contacts (I’ve put in my boyfriend, roommate and parents) and boom you’re ready to roll! The app pulls up your GPS location and gives you a couple options – there’s a “Request Help” button, which when pressed will connect you to the closest emergency services, whether that’s 911, your campus security or even Ski Patrol on ski resorts.
There’s also a feature called “On My Way” which I have loved using. This button lets you share your location with your emergency contacts (use while you’re on a road trip, in an Uber, walking to the gym at night, on the way to meet your Tinder date, etc.) and will send your contact to a web page showing your location as you travel. Once you get where you’re going, the location sharing will turn off and notify your contact that you have officially arrived. When I was explaining this to my Dad he said, “Oh, so it’s like a public version of ‘Find My iPhone’” which is what he had been using up until now to track my drive from school in Elon back to my house in Cary.
With phones slowly but surely becoming the only things we need to carry around with us, (who needs a wallet when you have Apple Pay?) it only makes sense that you should be able to have your own personal safety companion at your fingertips 24/7. And yes, you are completely capable of dialing 911 all by yourself, but did you know that it’s harder for emergency services to track your location from a cell phone and most times they can’t get a pinpoint reading of your location? Dialing 911 really works best from a landline and who has those anymore? Even my grandparents got rid of theirs and operate solely on their iPhones. When you request help through BlueLight, your closest address appears on your phone screen so you can easily give it to the dispatcher without having to look around.
Growing into the adult world and moving to unfamiliar places like Los Angeles or NYC can get a little overwhelming at times. Yes, I’m out here taking the world by storm but I come from a town so small it’s technically a “town” and not a “city” so moving to the second largest city in America is a bit of a shock at times, just from the sheer amount of people alone. It definitely gives me and my parents, all the way across the country, a sense of peace knowing that help is just one button away if I ever need it. Go ahead and put yourself at ease too and download the app! It’s available on iOS and Android so there’s really no excuse not to have it. Make sure to suggest your current university or alma mater as the next campus to receive BlueLight’s services – check out a list of all the universities it currently covers here!
Thank you to BlueLight and Her Campus Media for partnering on this post!