Click once: “Check in” with your pre-determined check-in list of people so they know you’re safe. For example, you’ve just finished a run … or made it safely to your car after going to a show downtown with friends.
Click twice: This is a “Yellow Alert.” Send a message to that same list of people that tells them you’re in trouble and need them to call you. This would be a situation where you feel uncomfortable; a phone call can interrupt a situation and give you an excuse to “get away.” This alert sends your location and a live map (to show if you’re moving) to your contacts so they can see where you are, which can be amazing if, for example, you know of a friend that lives near their location where they can get help.
Click three times: This is a “Red Alert.” Your GPS location with a map link will be sent to your contacts, giving them the information they need to send police or medics to you. Hopefully you would not need this, but if you were assaulted or abducted, it could mean the difference between medics knowing where to find you or the police knowing where to start looking for you.
Through the holidays, Revolar is offering a discount of $20, so now is the time to buy. (The regular price is $99.) To me, it seems like a great gift for a daughter, partner, or dear friend. It’s simple to use, and Revolar’s customer assistance team goes the extra mile to make sure you truly “get” how the service works.
I travel for work about eight times a year. Those trips are usually a minimum of three days, so I pack a few sets of running clothes. No matter what, I bring my phone, stick to busy streets, and text my husband before I start and when I return. And now, I always bring my Revolar. As a woman, I’m particularly anxious about being assaulted, especially when I read stats on sexual violence like this report from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Revolar is not a replacement for mindfulness and good judgement when running. But even the best laid plans, so they say … Running with Revolar (and carrying it with you when you’re not running) is more like an insurance plan. Even if you share your route with friends, run during the day, keep your ears headphone-free, and run with friends, things can happen. Revolar can provide an interruption or a shout for help just when you need it.