Los Angeles Times

Safeture scouts out traveling risks

- — Jen Leo

Do you worry about safety when traveling for work or pleasure? Here’s an app with a team of guardian angels that work to keep you in the know about security and health risks. Name: Safeture What it does: The global safety app gives travelers real-time alerts about flight delays, fires, floods and other natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, political protests and terrorist acts such as bombings and shootings that would cause them to change their destinatio­n or reroute their travel plans.

Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In Google Play, requires 4.0.3 and up.

Cost: From $3.99 for two weeks of service to $21.99 for one year.

What’s hot: Timeliness. The app has features that enable travelers to track their positions and share them with friends and family. There are country-specific overviews of safety and security issues as well as medical advice, travel informatio­n from Lonely Planet and TripAdviso­r, embassy locations, emergency contact numbers and click-to-call buttons. Safeture is made by Global Warning System, which has developed a website (riosafety2­016.com) for those traveling to Brazil for the Olympics. It also is offering Safeture free to the first 10,000 travelers in Rio who download or activate the app during the Games.

What’s not: If you are an individual traveler, don’t bother downloadin­g the Safeture Pro version. Although “Pro” usually means a more advanced or ad-free version of the app, in this case the app requires an enterprise or business subscripti­on.

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