‘What3Words’ an app to find you

There have been quite a few mentions in the press and on the tv about an app that will allow you to be found if you are lost, injured or in trouble and we have been contacted by the App to let you know how to use the app.

Simply speaking if you have this app on your mobile it will allow you to tell the emergency services where you are by giving them just 3 words.  Each unique set of words is linked to a precise location and by giving that the emergency services can come direct to you – even if its at the bottom of a cliff or very remote.  This is what they sent:

“Hi Francis,

I hope that you and your community are safe and well. 

I wanted to get in touch as you might have recently seen what3words in the news or some adverts on Channel 4. Over 80% of services in the UK now use what3words, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to encourage your community to download the what3words app on their phones in case they need to call 999. 

You can find a full list of those services that accept what3words here: https://what3words.com/news/emergency/three-words-for-a-faster-emergency-response. Your community could also use what3words to report incidents with organisations like National Grid, Network Rail and the Environmental Agency: https://what3words.com/report-incident-locations-efficiently.

The app is totally free to download and use, you can download it on iOS or Android here. I’ve attached a PDF here with some images and videos you could use for a social post or newsletter if interested!

I’m here to help if you have any questions or need support!



Molly Macgregor


Find your what3words address on map.what3words.com

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