Efficient Use of Your Cell Phone During an Emergency
Technology being what it is today, we rely so much on the use of our cell phones and electronic devices. They are such a big part of our lives that we may not often stop to think what we would do in an emergency if we didn’t have the use of our mobile phones.
Whether you happen to be sitting at home when an emergency occurs, or enjoying a family camping trip, it is always a good idea to be fully prepared by keeping our phones as fully charged as possible. Keeping a spare charger handy is great if you have power, but it will be of no value to you if your electricity is out. A car phone charger may also help, but you will want to be careful not to drain your car battery while trying to charge up your phone.
There are many things we can do to ensure we get the most out of our phone battery so we have the ability to stay connected during an emergency. Telstra Exchange Technology had some great points on how to conserve power. Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
- Use text messaging, social media, or email. It doesn’t use as much bandwidth as phone calls.
- Turn your phone to airplane mode to save power for just when you need it.
- Keep phone calls brief.
- Close apps you aren’t using and decrease your phones brightness.
- Keep a prepaid cell phone in your emergency kit (with spare batteries).
There are also some amazing devices you can have handy in an emergency situation. Total Prepare has many radio flashlights that have the ability to charge your electronic devices as well. Check out the options here.
Being able to communicate in a time of need is crucial if we are in danger, want to make sure our loved ones are safe, or if we need to evacuate and get to our meeting place. In the event that you need to stay in contact with someone during an emergency, you will sure be grateful that you have conserved your phone battery and that you have an easy way to keep it charged.