PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You’ve heard of panic rooms, but what about a panic button for your cell phone?

Amnesty International has introduced a Panic Button application that turns your cell phone into a secret alarm when trouble arises.

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The Panic Button, only available to Android users, works by selecting three contacts you trust who are able to act quickly in an emergency. The button then sends a message to the chosen contacts when activated.

However, the app does not guarantee a response from your trusted companions, so the company suggests users talk to the chosen contacts first to ensure there is a plan in place in case of an emergency.

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The company says, “Panic Button is a useful tool to alert your network quickly and discretely in an emergency. It is not a fail-safe security tool.”

The app sends an emergency SMS to your three chosen contacts, along with a map link with GPS coordinates when activated. But again, it is important to keep in mind it is only effective when the contacts are in a position to act.

For more information on Panic Button, click here.

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