How it Works:

ALERT 9-1-1:  Use this function in the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency to notify emergency services of your exact location and that you need assistance.

Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled.  The Emergency Response Center notifies the appropriate emergency responders based on your location and personal information which may include local police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, our country's embassy or consulate, or other emergency response or search and rescue teams as well as notifying your emergency contact person's) about the receipt of a distress signal.

Important Note:

Even if SPOT cannot acquire its location from the GPS network it will still attempt to send a distress signal without exact location to the Emergency Response Center, which will still notify your contacts of the signal and continue to monitor the network for further messages.

SPOT is designed for maximum reliability.  Spot performs a self-diagnostic test each time it is powered on.  Additionally, Spot strongly recommends that you send and verify an OK/Check message each time before use.  This allows you to evaluate your entire messaging system, from the operational condition of the messenger to the readiness of those you've chosen to notify of your messages.


SPOT has a separate power button to ensure long battery life and to help avoid sending messages accidentally.  To turn SPOT on, press the ON/OFF button.  You must then wait an additional 2 seconds before activating any SPOT function. When power is on, the indicator light will blink once every 3 seconds. This is also helpful for making SPOT more visible in the dark.  To turn SPOT off, press and hold the ON/OFF button for 3 seconds.

SPOT sends your GPS coordinates to a GEOS Emergency Response Center every 5 minutes, allowing you to keep moving if necessary.  Emergency responders are then updated with your last known location.

Because it uses 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere.  All it needs is a clear view of the sky.

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