Safe­ture scouts out trav­el­ing risks

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - — 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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