New App Turns Mobile Phone into Personal Safety Device - Humboldt State Now

New App Turns Mobile Phone into Personal Safety Device

Humboldt State students can take safety into their hands with the new Rave Guardian app, a free piece of software that enables a smartphone to boost personal safety.

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The Rave Guardian app gives users quick access to emergency responders. It’s like being near an emergency blue light at all times.

The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play stores, lets users send automatic alerts to friends and family in case of an emergency, report anonymous tips, call 911, and more. When a user creates a free account, he or she is automatically added to the Humboldt State network, making it simple to access the app’s features.

By downloading Rave Guardian on an Android or iOS device, users can invite friends and family to join their networks as “Guardians.”

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Users who download the free Rave Guardian app are automatically added to HSU’s safety network.

“Once you have established who you want to be your Guardians, you can request one or more of them to virtually walk with you on or off campus. It’s like being near an emergency blue light at all times,” says Willie Bence, HSU coordinator for Emergency Management Services, referring to the blue-lit emergency phones around campus.

“We’re excited to offer a service like this that works on students’ smartphones. Students can always reach out to friends and family or 911 and automatically send vital information with the push of a button. And that will go a long way toward enhancing the safety of our students,” says University Police Lt. Melissa Hansen.

How the Guardian app works

First, download and set up an account. The Rave Guardian App can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play stores. Users can add their name, campus address, medical notes and other pertinent information in case of emergency.

Secondly, begin adding contacts to join your “Guardian network.” Invite family, friends, or others to be your Guardian, and communicate with them within the app as needed.

The app has several features, including:
Panic Button
Direct immediate connection to University Police with GPS location and personal profile information.

Tip Texting
Enables anonymous crime tip reporting through text and images.

Personal Guardians & Safety Timer
Students can identify University Police, friends, roommates, and family as “Guardians” when setting their Rave Guardian Safety Timer. During a timer session, Guardians and University Police can check the status of the student. If the Safety Timer is not deactivated before it expires, University Police are automatically provided with the user’s Rave Guardian profile to proactively identify and check in on the individual. Other Guardians will also have access to important details such as her phone’s location on a map and contact information.

Safety Profile
Student-created Safety Profiles contain information such as residence details and medical conditions. When a student requires assistance—on or off campus—student Safety Profiles are displayed to University Police and Smart911 enabled 911 centers nationwide.

Direct 911 Access
The app also allows for easy emergency communication. In an emergency situation, one button in the app directly connects the user to University Police dispatch or 911.

Anonymous Tips
If you see something, you can now say something anonymously with the help of the app’s ‘Send Anonymous Tips’ feature.

To learn more about the Rave Guardian app, go to raveguardian.com.

Other Ways to Stay Connected

HSU offers a number of ways for the campus community to be alerted in case of an emergency.

In the case of an emergency, information will be posted on the HSU home page. It will also be available by calling 826-INFO (4636) and tuning into KHSU 90.5 FM.

Additionally, when an incident arises that affects the entire campus, users can receive emergency alerts via text messages by entering a cell phone number into HSU Alert in myHumboldt.

For more information about HSU emergency conditions, click here.