Co-founder Gail Schenbaum lived every parent’s nightmare after receiving one middle-of-the-night phone call. Her college-age daughter, at school far from home, had been involved in an accident at her dorm. A child’s medical emergency is scary in any circumstance. And as Schenbaum learned that night, being unable to reach anyone or get vital information only makes it worse. Umergency’s mission is preventing the other 4.5 million U.S. families with children in college — nearly 1 in 4 college-age kids will experience a serious injury or illness — from navigating the experience alone and ill-equipped. Campus safety is the number-one concern for parents, students and schools. Frequent headlines remind us of increasing campus gun violence, sexual assault and substance-related deaths, making fear and anxiety the new normal for families. Yet they remain unprepared, seeking peace of mind through practical, proactive solutions. Umergency delivers. Our app connects students and parents to each other and to vital information and services in an emergency, when every moment counts. Customized features like local emergency services, on-campus resources, trusted contacts, urgent alert beacons, built-in access to national crisis hotlines and the ability to upload insurance forms and medical consents securely make this a first-of-its-kind digital tool. Umergency empowers families to enjoy the college years, with less worry about the “what ifs.”
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