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Rex Gatchalian urges Valenzuela residents to download ‘Alert Button’ app for quick rescue

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Ahead of Typhoon Ompong’s onslaught, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian urged residents of the city on Thursday to download an app that will let them request emergency services at the press of a button.

The Valenzuela City Alert Button app allows smartphone users to report accidents and crimes to the Valenzuela City Allied Local Evacuation and Emergency Response Teams (ALERT) Center.

Through the app, residents can request for help from authorities regarding crime, fire or a medical emergency.

Once pressed, the alert button in the app will inform authorities of the emergency through a distress message containing the resident’s location as indicated in the smartphone.

It will also send a text message to the resident’s designated emergency contacts with his or her location.

The ALERT Center can receive messages in as fast as one minute from the time it was sent.

The Valenzuela City Alert Button App is available for free download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.