People around the U.S. rely on POM to provide peace of mind and an additional layer of security in their lives. We reached out to Risa Fischman, a Speech-Language Pathologist and avid runner, to share a little about herself and her experience using POM.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist who works primarily with the preschool age and some early intervention. I live in Manhattan and am an avid runner, reader, and overall active person.
What does personal safety mean to you? Personal safety means taking preventative action to stay safe. That means being aware of my surroundings as well as being prepared with a plan of action in case of an emergency.
Why did you decide to purchase a POM? My dad actually was a part of the early stages and first few years of sales starting in May 2015. As soon as I heard about it, I wanted it for my early morning runs. Once it went beyond college campuses this August, I immediately bought it to help me feel safe during my runs.
How does carrying the POM make you feel? I feel safe knowing I have it just in case.
When do you typically carry the POM? I carry the POM on my early morning runs. I also work in an area that is not so great, so I always have the POM in my pocket during my walk from the subway to the school.
What is your favorite feature to use? Why? I feel very fortunate that I haven’t had to use the POM yet. I like that there is the possibility of the fake call. I also like when I test it and can see how well the GPS works.
Where do you keep your POM? It’s on my keychain! On runs, I keep it in a key pocket on my waist and on my way to work it’s in my jacket pocket.
How likely are you to recommend POM to a friend or family member? (1-10, 1 being least likely, 10 being highly likely) 10. I’ve recommended it to so many people.
Who do you think should know about or use the POM? I’ve actually contacted some of my running emails that I subscribe to. I think every runner should have one as well as anyone who lives alone. I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t benefit from having one.
Are you ready to increase your peace of mind and add an extra layer of security to your life? Get the POM now.
Meet our newest POM partner, Tracey Hawkins! “Tracey, the Safety Lady” is an entrepreneur, real estate agent and safety expert that travels around the country educating people and companies about personal security, home security and auto safety on the road. We sat down with Tracey to learn more about her and why she chose to partner with POM.
Can you tell us about yourself?
I have spent over 24 years traveling the country teaching people to live and work safely. As a former real estate agent, I also specialize in real estate and home health safety training. I write professionally for the National Association of REALTORS(R). I appear on live TV and share innovative safety and security products.
Why is safety important to you and how did you become “Tracey, the Safety Lady”?
I wanted to start a business that helps people and one that not a lot of people can do. As a content creator, I write articles about safety and create classes and programs that teach agents how to work safely – from screening, to open houses, to using social media safely. I am a safety product guru and always looking for innovative, effective products.
Why did you partner with POM?
In my position, I am often approached to sell products to agents. I vet them carefully and not many pass my test. POM did! The company has a solid track record, excellent customer service and most importantly, the product works! It does what it says it will do. I like the reliability since people count on it to possibly save their lives.
When we attend your safety seminar, what should we expect?
I teach real estate agents how to make more money working safely, by adding value to the relationships with the consumers: sellers, buyers and FSBOs. I created takeaways for them to use in their marketing. I have a workshop where I teach brokers, managers and owners how to not get sued. They learn how to protect their office, its contents, the people inside and they get an office safety policy handbook to help reduce their liability.
During your safety seminars, what do you tell people about POM?
When speaking, I get the opportunity to explain what people should look for in a safety app/device. I discuss how the POM has many features that agents need: it allows you to call for help and have law enforcement show up. There is a key locator, text a friend and a walking escort feature which means you will never be alone.
What’s your favorite POM feature?
I absolutely love the 24/7 live command center assistance feature. This sets it apart from many apps that rely on sending distress signals to an emergency contact list of people who may not be alert and aware. The live voice on the other end is professional and responsive.
When do you normally use POM?
I have my POM on my key ring, so it always goes wherever I go. I don’t have to worry about not being able to find it. It is always on standby.
How does POM improve your sense of personal safety?
I travel quite a bit and cannot always take my pepper spray everywhere, but the POM goes everywhere! When out at night, I feel comforted that I have a way to get help if I feel that I am in danger. It truly offers peace of mind.
Do you have any other safety tips for people to improve their personal safety?
I advise everyone to utilize the number on safety tool that all animals in nature possess, but humans typically ignore, their gut, intuition, 6th sense and instinct. This built-in survival mechanism is hardly ever wrong and can save a life. It needs to be listened to and respected.
You can learn more about Tracey and her seminars on her website.
Want to spread peace of mind to those around you? Become a POM partner by reaching out to us here.
Our co-founder Lukas Lampe appeared on Jean Shin’s Mobile Interactions Now podcast. Jean’s podcast interviews technology leaders about building mobile experiences and sharing their first-hand experience on how to make them work.
Lukas discussed the story about how POM started, describes POMs current and future growth and the technology that enables POM to be a small, discrete personal safety device for students, realtors, nurses and anyone who may experience uncomfortable situations in their lives.
Listen here to the podcast.
Download the transcripts of Lukas on the Mobile Interactions Now Podcast: Part 1 & Part 2.
Earlier this month, Crains New York reported on POM’s partnership with Visiting Nurse Services Westchester. Headed by CEO Timothy Leddy, VNS Westchester was the very first home health service to use our device. The pilot program we implemented there led VNS Westchester to make the POM available to its entire field-based staff (more than 200 individuals). In addition, the company is currently working on offering it as an employee benefit to non-field-based workers and family members. We’re incredibly proud of the work we’re doing together with VNS Westchester, and can’t wait for this new chapter to unfold.
Click through the Crains link to read the full story or get the pdf here.
With the POM, it’s easy to connect to safety–three taps and help is on the way. But where does that help come from? For campuses, it’s typically that institution’s security team. If you’re a POM Personal user, however, we’re proud to share that we’ve partnered with Rapid Response, an industry-leading 24/7 emergency dispatch center.
Rapid Response has a 25-year track record of excellence and employs over 550 professionals in their self-sustaining, high-network security facilities in Syracuse, NY and Corona, CA. The company is the recipient of numerous awards, including the TMA Central Station of the Year, which cited its three-pronged “people, training, and technology approach.” Its technology and growth were also recently recognized by the New York State Governor’s Office.
For POM, the company acts as a 24/7 emergency call center. This means that when a POM user triple taps their device, a Rapid Response dispatcher receives the call and can talk to you directly through the POM.
The dispatcher will not only be able to see your location and profile information, but they can also track your movements to help ensure the right help gets to exactly where you are in real time. If you’re able to speak to the dispatcher, you can specify what help you need (police, ambulance, or firefighters). If you’re in a situation where you can’t talk freely, a police dispatch will be sent. In this way, peace of mind is truly something anyone can put in their pocket.