Our smartphone is one of the vital things that shouldn’t miss from our pockets if the world would come to an end . Be it a natural disaster, a nuclear catastrophe, alien invasion or biblical punishment, our smartphone could make the difference for us.
Let’s see how a smartphone can help us in case of a disaster:
1 . It will help us communicate, that is of course the basic feature of any phone. If the mobile networks and antennas manage to stay active in the event of a disaster then we can use it to call the authorities or any other persons who can provide us medicine, water and food. We should be careful, however, how we save the smartphone battery.
2 . A second way in which our smartphone can help us survive the end of the world or any other disaster is the possibility to connect to the internet. Assuming that part of the servers and communications are still intact we can find out vital information about the problems we may have, the advice given by authorities, as well as live information given by friends or other people. We can also find out about the unaffected areas, eviction plans, and places where we can get the help we need or find out about other dangers that we may be subjected to.
3 . Gps navigation
Let’s assume that communications are down , except the artificial satellites . Our smartphone will still be useful after a disaster has occurred.
Most phones have an integrated GPS feature. Thus we can search for the nearest hospitals, drugstores or police stations which can come to our rescue. The smartphone can act as a dedicated navigator and will guide us to safer places improving our chances of survival. If at the same time we can communicate with the authorities than we could easily provide them with coordinates or our exact location and ensure our timely rescue.
We aren’t done yet. Our smartphone can be useful in other ways as well if we survive the end of the world.
4. I’m sure most of you already have a useful app installed: flashlight app. Such an app which turns our device into a flashlight is more than necessary in the nights after a disaster or even during the day if we are looking for supplies in poorly lit buildings or other spaces due to the damage to the electricity system.
5 . In extreme cases when we need heat and cannot start a fire, the smartphone battery will become our best friend. By touching the batteries contacts we will generate the necessary sparks to light a fire which at the same time will signal the rescuers and lead them to our whereabouts.
Pay special attention to using this method as the battery may explode. But I assume that in the event of a disaster this will be our last concern.
Conclusion? As we have previously shown the smartphone may be considered as one of the utmost useful gadgets that could ensure our survival if a disaster such as the end of the world should occur and not only. What we should bear in mind (as well as smartphone manufacturers) is the autonomy of the battery on which its usage as a rescue device relies, so try to choose high capacity batteries or even purchase an external battery. Have you got any other ideas about ways in which a smartphone can be used as a survival device?