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Send your GPS location at the literal touch of a button with Revolar (save $20 now)

Revolar: a wearable safety device that lets you check in or request help with one, two, or three clicks of the button.

Revolar: a wearable safety device that lets you check in or request help with one, two, or three clicks of the button.

I learned about Revolar a few months ago and immediately felt that it was a great way to keep me safe on the run. It's simple: a button that when pushed, can tell your friends that you need help or send your GPS location so they can give them to emergency services, depending on how many times you click. It comes with a keychain holder and a clip holder that can attach to your waistband, bra strap, or shoe; and it's easy to swap the Revolar button from one to the other. When it's on my keys and I'm walking alone, I hold it in my hand so I can easily push the button. When I run it goes on my waistband or in my jacket pocket - both are locations I can reach without needing to look. First, you download the app (which is free), and create a contact list. Then you explain to your contact list what it means when they get a check-in, a yellow alert, or a red alert. You will need to have your cell phone with you as well in order for the Revolar wearable to communicate with your list, but the app can run even when your phone is locked, so it will work as long as the phone is on. Here's how it works (learn more in the video at the bottom of this post):

The Revolar

The Revolar “Yellow Alert” screen confirms it’s notified your contact list and gives you the option to escalate the call.

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.

Learn more and order one for someone you want to keep safe online here. 

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About Kelly Barten (670 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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