The news out of Las Vegas, Nevada is heartbreaking. A gunman opened fire during a country music festival with a crowd of 22,000 people late Sunday night, October 1. At least 59 were killed and more than 500 people were injured.
The terrifying shooting took place from two 32nd-floor windows in the Mandalay Bay hotel. The gunman was armed with at least 10 rifles and fired into the crowd for several minutes, creating chaos. Several fans were trampled by the fleeing crowd as police searched for the shooter.
Police identified the gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who lived in a retirement community in Nevada. He ended up killing himself as police entered the room he was in.
God forbid if you ever find yourself in a terrifying situation like this you need to know what to do. There's one step on your phone that could actually help save your life. Share this article with friends and family so they can stay safe as well.
One step that can save your life
Do you know there's an app pre-loaded on your phone that could save your life and the lives of everyone you love?
I made sure my husband Barry, my son Ian and my mother immediately updated their information on this app. You should tell your family about it, too.
It's the Health app on your iPhone. You may know that you can use it to set fitness goals and track your steps and the flights you've climbed, and more. (Note: Android users, keep reading to add emergency information to your phone.)
But be sure to also use its Medical ID. This is where you store information that your doctor needs to know, especially in emergencies. If you have any health ailments or you're allergic to any medications that emergency responders need to know, you can store it on your Medical ID.
You can list out the medications you're currently taking. You can input your medical history, weight, height, blood type and more.
Plus, this is the best part.
Do you ever worry about this? Who will notify your family if you're rushed to the hospital or you're in an accident? On Medical ID you can put in the names of your emergency contacts, their phone numbers, and special instructions to call them right away.
All this information can save critical minutes in an emergency.
Here's how to use Apple's Medical ID
Tap on Medical ID >> Edit. Then, and this is really important, turn on Show When Locked. That'll ensure that first responders can see your medical information even when your iPhone screen is locked.
To make an emergency call or to see your Medical ID: Wake up your phone by swiping left to right >> tap Emergency >> make emergency call or tap Medical ID to see the medical information you have stored.
For Android users
Unlike iPhones, many companies make Android phones, so solutions vary by manufacturer. Don't worry, though. We've got a few solutions that should help you input medical information and emergency contacts on your phone.
- Under Settings, look for an Emergency Contact-type feature. It may be under My Information. If so, fill in your medical information and emergency contact numbers.
- To add an Emergency Contact to your phone: Settings >> Lock Screen >> check mark Owner Info, if you see that >> Tap the small icon to the right of Owner Info >> type in your emergency contacts' names and phone numbers. This information will scroll across your lock screen even when it is locked.
- Download an app like ICE: In Case of Emergency in the Google Play store ($3.99 one-time charge). It lists information that medical responders need, such as people to call, your doctor's phone number, your medical conditions, allergies, medications and more. It also displays an emergency access button on your lock screen.
If these steps don't work with your Android, check your user manual. Don't forget to click the share button on the left side of this article to post it on Facebook.
Speaking of your medical records, this app can help you keep track of them
Your doctor has your complete medical history, but that doesn't help you much when you're trying to remember what shots and procedures you've had. This app will help you keep track of your medical history by linking directly to your health care provider's servers.