Minnesota Area "Emergency Help Me" System

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Get_Bent, May 8, 2011.

  1. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Been here awhile

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    Our fellow rider Safetybob had an annoying experience the other day.

    A blow out forced him to the side of 694 where he was stuck for several hours looking for someone to lend a hand. It seems as though the AMA and road side assistance were a bunch of jackasses. See him for the complete story...

    In my short time with you all I have come to know you as an almost obnoxiously helpful bunch of people who, had we known at the time, would come to a fellow rider's aid. Perhaps offer a pick-up truck, call a motorcycle shop for them, come give someone a gallon of gas, look up a phone number. Anything like that helps.

    So, I am working on the first incarnation of a mailing list to help facilitate a speedy and wide spread call for help.

    At this stage I'm deliberately keeping things as simple as possible. There is no need to create additional accounts, we all have enough of those already. If this works well and there's a need to make things a little more locked down, expanded, or otherwise more technological we can do that.

    How it will work:

    1) Get into trouble.
    2) Send an email from your phone, coffee shop, or whatever to advhelp@getbent.net telling the list, "Where you are, what you need, and a phone number to reach you or a significant other.
    3) Wait

    What happens after you hit send:

    1) The email hits the list server and is broadcast to all you helpful, kind, and considerate people who volunteer to add whatever email address you like to it.
    2) The first person who is able to help emails the list back advhelp@getbent.net and says something like, "I'm on it, stay tuned" When a problem starts, let everyone else know someone is on the case.
    3) It's at this point the helper is helping out the troubled party. If further discussion or resources and needed from the list, use it and put out a call.

    At the end of the day use other resources/sites to find out how it all went, demand pictures and humors anecdotes related to whatever happened. Basically, go about your day satisfied that you are a hell of a good person and a damn fine stand-up individual for being part of this system in the first place.


    NEAT! How can I be a part of this fantastic thing?!?
    Why that's easy, PM me the email address you want to make a part of the list.

    Naturally, when you don't want to play anymore, tell me and your name will be removed.

    Question: Do I have to be part of list to use it? Answer, no use it if you need it.

    As mentioned above, if the need arises I'll make it more complex, make joining and leaving auto-magical, make the list expandable to numerous regions, install one of those hideous CAPTCHA things.
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  2. rallyhound

    rallyhound Macho stud guy

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    Pm sent.


    It's not always possible to sent email from the scene of distress so i'm giving the email address to several people I can call who may have computer access and could post a message for me.
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  3. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Been here awhile

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    Yup, think of it all as just another tool or option when you need it
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  4. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Check with the mod about keeping this up top. Since it's an emergency tree maybe they will. On our Alaska thread our emergency tree is perpetually posted near the top. Good luck - it's a well needed service...well, when you need it.
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  5. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Been here awhile

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    I'll look into that.

    I'll conduct a test when we hit 15 responders on the site. We are well on our way!
    :clap
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  6. safetybob

    safetybob Been here awhile

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    Mike e mail sent.

    Bob
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  7. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Been here awhile

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    Added.

    We are just about at 15 helpful individuals.
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  8. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    PM coming then.
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  9. *Gravy*

    *Gravy* Jedi Loser

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    HHHHHEEEEELLLLPPPPPP!!!!!
    I'm down to only 6 beers - someone get over here stat!

    FAQ-:D
    I can't send or receive e-mail on my phone, does that mean I can't participate?
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  10. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Been here awhile

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    At the moment yes.

    I am looking into a text messaging SMS component to all of this as well as a facebook or simliar submission thingy.

    Currently we are doing this as cheaply, simply and rudimentary as possible.

    However, you could always join the 21st century and get a phone that does handle email. :evil
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  11. *Gravy*

    *Gravy* Jedi Loser

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    21st century is overrated
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  12. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I'm not willing to spend the extra money. I email to text all the time, but I can't receive email on the phone.
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  13. Horatio0163

    Horatio0163 Been here awhile

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    Your phone provider probably has a way to do it. For example with T-Mobile you can receive (as an SMS) an email send to {your-ten-digit-phone-number}@tmomail.net

    I'm sure other companies do it, too.
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  14. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Been here awhile

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    You are correct, forgot about that.

    Try that out Gravy, see if you can send yourself a mail message.
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  15. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Good motorbikes though. :clap
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  16. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Been here awhile

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    You are right it is, I'm really looking forward to the 25th
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  17. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    *gasp*

    Wilma Deering!

    :raabia
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  18. *Gravy*

    *Gravy* Jedi Loser

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    Dude we grew up with the Jetsons - we're supposed to be using flying cars by now - I'm very disappointed in what the 21st century has to offer.
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  19. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    I've been out with you when you're on your bike, and both wheels are rarely on the ground. It flies.

    So quit yer whining.:wink:
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  20. Powershouse

    Powershouse Flower Sniffer

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