SNT: Use What3Words in an emergency

The Lawley and Overdale Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) has released guidance on how to use What3Words to alert responders to your location during an emergency.

The following is a press release from the SNT:

In an emergency, can you tell us exactly where you are? Street addresses aren’t accurate enough to specify precise locations, such as building entrances, and don’t exist for parks and many rural areas.

This makes it hard to find places and prevents people from describing exactly where help is needed in an emergency. Around the world, emergency services are using what3words to find and help people in need.


What3Words is a free app designed so people can easily relay location information without the hassle of having to find GPS coordinates or longwinded instructions such as “across the field with the burnt oak tree near the pond”.

Instead every 3m square in the UK has been assigned a three word address which can be given to emergency service call handlers.

The app is free to use and can be downloaded from your mobile devices app store.

You can also access What3Words via the website.


Posted in News, Safer Neighbourhood Team.