Emergency SOS Set-Up for YOUR Smartphone


Did you know that your student’s smart phone has software pre-loaded or available for download that allows first responders and medical personnel to find out critical healthcare information in the event that your student is incapacitated or otherwise unable to provide that information?  It also has a feature that allows you to enter emergency contacts that will be notified via text when the SOS feature has been utilized.

It is important that whenever possible, to use the phone of the person in need of help when notifying first responders via the Emergency SOS system. This not only activates the 911 system, it also identifies real-time location of the caller, and notifies the emergency contacts of that individual.

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Set up the Emergency SOS feature on your smart phone.

How to Set Up Quick Emergency SOS on iPhone:
  1. Open your phone’s Health app and tap your profile picture.
  2. Select Medical ID in the next menu.
  3. Tap edit, and then scroll down to your Emergency Contacts section.
  4. Tap the add button to select a contact, and you can indicate their relationship to you. 
  5. Tap Done to save changes.

    Activating SOS Emergency (iPhone):
    Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears. Drag the Emergency Call slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds.

    *If you’re outside the range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, the iPhone 14 is able to connect you via satellite to get you the help that you need.



    Apple is expanding and simplifying its location sharing via Messages. The new feature, called Check-In, is for letting a loved one know you made it to your destination safely. Whether you’re walking home after dark or going for an early morning run, you can start a Check-In with a family member or friend and as soon as you arrive home, it will automatically let your friend know. But if something unexpected happens, it can recognize that you’re not near your destination and check in with you. If you don’t respond, Check In can automatically share your current location, the route you took, your iPhone’s battery level, and cell service status.

    How to Set Up Quick Emergency SOS on Andriod:
    1. Pull down your notification bar and open “Settings”
    2. Scroll down and select “Safety and emergency”
    3. Select “Send SOS messages”
    4. Toggle it on and choose your emergency contacts (who will receive the message)
    5. Choose if you want the SOS to be triggered by pressing the side button 3 or 4 times.

    Activating SOS Emergency (Android):  SOS to be triggered by pressing the side button 3 or 4 times (determined during set-up of the SOS feature).  

    HIPPA and HCPOA Forms

    Ensure HIPPA and HCPOA forms are complete and easy to access. Most of us have encountered HIPPA, but for the uninitiated, HIPPA stands for the Health
    Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This law was passed in 1996 and was written to, among other things, allow individuals to decide who has access to protected healthcare information. A HIPPA release form allows physicians to share information and medical records with those listed on the form, typically parents or guardians. HCPOA stands for Heath Care Power of Attorney. This document allows your student to outline their medical wishes and appoint another person to make sure those wishes are enforced in the event that he or she is unable to make their own health care decisions.



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