Post # 1
I just relaized that Siri won’t dial 911! I carry my iPhone with me while running for safety and for GPS tracking via the RunKeeper app. I just assumed I could use Siri to dial 911 if I needed to, but then while trying to prove a point to DH, I tried it.
I worry that in an emergency I wouldn’t be able to dial 911 fast enough. Especially in winter when I wear gloves. (A pair of touch screen-friendly gloves are on my X-Mas list though.)
My phone is strapped to my arm when I run and right now I would have to take my glove off, hit the unlock/home button to light the screen, swipe to unlock, hit the home button, hit the phone icon, hit the dial pad icon, dial 911, and hit call. If someone grabbed me I likely wouldn’t be able to make it through all of those steps in time.
Is there a way to make Siri call 911? Or could I program the non-911 emergency number into my phone as a contact so that Siri will dial it if someone did try to grab me? And what about if I am at my in-laws, since their town doesn’t have a local police department. It is either state police or county sherifs. Will the police departments get mad if I am calling the local number instead of 911? And will the local numbers get me through to someone who could respond as quickly as calling 911 would?
I want to be prepared since I usually run alone, and during winter my only choice is to run while it’s dark. I usually run between 5 and 7, but the darkness adds to my concern. There are several places I have noticed where someone could hide and grab someone running by, since the loop I usually take is popular for runners.
Post # 3
Could you program 911 in as a contact under emergency and just say “siri call emergency”?
Post # 4
Do you have a passcode on your phone? If you add the passcode, when you go to turn the screen on, it automatically shows a button for “emergency call.”
Otherwise, I’d suggest using springlet.com – if you go there using your phone, you can create a speed dial icon for 911 or the other emergency numbers.
Post # 5
I’m not sure how I would be able to swip unlock, hold down the home button so it activates Siri, or unstrap my phone to hold it up to my ear, and get her to call 911 if I were being grabbed.
But anyway, to answer your question. Siri can not call 911, but as the commercial would say there’s an app for that. Just search call 911 in your app store. It’s free.
Post # 6
@Fantastagirl: From what I have tried, there is no way for the iPhone to dial 911 without actually dialing the numbers on the keypad. I’ve tried adding 911 as a number for a contact but Siri won’t call it.
@preppybear: I don’t usually have a passcode set, but I did try it. I don’t know that it saves that many steps to have it worthwhile for the passcode. When I run, I usually turn my screen on a few times to check my pace or to pause my workout for a few seconds at particularly long stoplights, so the passcode would be a big hassle.
I am going to check out springlet.com though.
Post # 7
@yellowshoe: Siri will work even when the phone is locked. So I wouldn’t need to see the screen or take my glove off. And my armband has a marker where the home button is, so I can push it by feel. Ideally I would be able to push the button and say loudly “call 911”. My phone sits high on my upper arm, but I also have headphones with a mic.
I keep the volume just so I can barely hear it, and only run with one headphone in and the other one wound around my cord keeper. If I’m concerned about an area or something I see, I’ll take the headphones out altogether so I can hear more clearly. I’ve only felt the need to do it a few times, but I really try to be very aware of what is going on around me while running, both for safety and so I’m not that a$$ hole who cuts someone off because they don’t hear a bike or a faster running coming up.
Post # 8
I don’t have any tips for getting your phone to dial 911 through Siri but wanted to suggest possibly running with pepper spray. I live in a small town that I generally feel very safe running in but because two women were recently attacked here, carrying the pepper spray makes me feel safer.
It may drive you crazy to carry something while you run but I have a small one that is designed to be attached to a key chain and it is very lightweight. I hardly even notice it anymore when I run.
Post # 9
@wyogirlie: I was thinking about pepper spray as well. In my area I haven’t heard anything in the last year about a runner getting attacked, but we have a college and large university in my small city, and there were several attacks near the beginning of the academic year. And pepper spray would make be feel better when I encounter a mean dog. Usually I can just yell and step toward them and they will stop or go back, but it sure as heck gets my heart pumping when a dog comes out into the road barking or growling at me. Too many people let their dogs out to roam free. Not a big deal if they don’t bother people going by, but it’s not okay when they bark, growl, and go off their property.
Post # 10
The pepper spray makes me feel better about dogs, too. In the area where I often run most people let their dogs roam free while walking with them (or driving behind them) and the ones that are not under voice control by their owners always scare me. I usually just start walking until they stop chasing me but I’m glad to have the spray as a back up.