A useful tip for emergencies

@JudyEv (264280)
Rockingham, Australia
January 14, 2022 11:48pm CST
This tip came up on Vince’s Facebook page and I thought it worth passing on. If you are ever lost while hiking, get stranded with a broken-down car, etc, and you notice your mobile phone is either low on battery or has no signal, here is a tip that very well may save your life. Change the voicemail on your phone to a message that gives your approximate location, the time, the date, your situation (lost, out of gas, car broken down, injured, etc) and any special instructions such as you are staying with the car, you are walking toward a town, etc. The best part of this is that even if your mobile phone dies or stops working, voicemail still works, so anyone calling your phone looking for you will hear the message and know where to find you or where to send help. I don’t know enough about mobiles to know if the information is correct. Does voicemail still work if your phone dies? I don’t know. But it all sounds a good idea to me. The photo is of typical Australian 'bush’.
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@DaddyEvil (68570)
• United States
15 Jan
Yes, that is a useful tip... Voicemail is stored on your server, not on your phone, so it continues to deliver your message whether your phone is still powered or not.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Thanks for the information. That's good to know that it would work. I think it is a great idea.
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@DaddyEvil (68570)
• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv You're very welcome. I agree.
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@BarBaraPrz (34786)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Jan
But if the phone is out of power, how are you going to reprogram the voice mail?
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• United States
15 Jan
This is absolutely true and a great idea for an emergency situation. It should be shared everywhere
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
I think so too. Such a simple thing really but it could save a life.
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• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv It could. I hadn't thought of it before I saw your post. Such a great idea!
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15 Jan
Thank you for the useful tip!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
It makes a lot of sense to me.
@cacay1 (67127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
15 Jan
Yes, that's correct the caller can hear the voice mail despite the other party's mobile phone is off. That's a very good tip and the alert saves someone. I better program my mobile phone voice mail. Thanks for sharing this, it's very informative.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
You would only need to do it in an emergency. Thanks for the info.
@NoorNoor (2163)
• India
15 Jan
I think I need to check it out and I love the photo.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Others have said it would work so that's good. I'm not very good with mobile phones.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
15 Jan
Good information!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Thanks. I thought so too.
@DocAndersen (55526)
• United States
15 Jan
as an avid phone technologies, yes it works when the phone is off.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
So that's good to know. I think it is a great tip - and so simple really.
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@DocAndersen (55526)
• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv it really is, there is also a series of tools you can use, but it will send out a broadcast text of your current location. that uses the GPS coordinates rather than your projected estimation of where you are!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
@DocAndersen We sometimes watch the police helicopter (on the computer) tracking someone and they hide among trees but they can be seen by the helicopter because of the heat of their body so it's not long before police on the ground catch up with them.
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@LindaOHio (82421)
• United States
15 Jan
I don't know enough about mobile phones to change the message even! ... but it's a good tip.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
I don't use my mobile at all if I can help it. I keep saying I must learn more about it.
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@LindaOHio (82421)
• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv Me too. My husband has a basic flip phone too; but his new one has a camera. We haven't even tried to learn how to operate that.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Jan
@LindaOHio I have Vince's old one but he has forgotten a lot about it and has nearly as much trouble operating it as I have.
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@Juliaacv (61609)
• Canada
15 Jan
That is a really great idea.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
I thought so too. And certainly too good not to share.
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@Juliaacv (61609)
• Canada
15 Jan
@JudyEv It should be communicated to all of our loved ones.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
@Juliaacv Hopefully some on here will share it to others.
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@dgobucks226 (28960)
22 Jan
Now that's a useful bit of information, thanks!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Jan
Haha - I love raccoons. I read a book about them once. It was very interesting. They are quite intelligent.
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@dgobucks226 (28960)
21h
@JudyEv Yes, and sneaky scavengers for food.
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@just4him (261422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jan
Yes, it does. That's a good tip.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
It's sort of a simple thing but I wouldn't have thought of it.
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@just4him (261422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jan
@JudyEv I wouldn't have either.
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@nela13 (48005)
• Portugal
16 Jan
That is an awesome tip, thank you. I will pass it to my family and friends.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
That's good. Such a simple thing in a way but it could save a life or at least a lot of inconvenience.
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@nela13 (48005)
• Portugal
20 Jan
@JudyEv true and it is so simple to do.
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@RubyHawk (50088)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 Jan
I don’t know but it would be worth trying.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Apparently it would work so that's good to know.
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@RubyHawk (50088)
• Atlanta, Georgia
16 Jan
@JudyEv It is good news. It could save many lives.
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@LeaPea2417 (32767)
• Toccoa, Georgia
15 Jan
That's a great idea. I never thought about it before.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
It's a simple idea in a way but could be life-saving.
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@LeaPea2417 (32767)
• Toccoa, Georgia
16 Jan
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@bagarad (14370)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan
That is one very useful hint. Maybe it's time to set up voicemail on my phone. I've never done it yet.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
I don't have it either. I rarely do anything with my phone.
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@bagarad (14370)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Jan
@JudyEv I guess I'm not the only one, then.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
15 Jan
This a good idea and I hope it has ever worked for someone. I'll try it too someday. I won't forget this. Thanks for sharing
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
Now that you know about it, should you ever need to, you would probably remember it.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
16 Jan
@JudyEv Yes I will. I will share the tip with friends too
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• United States
15 Jan
That's a great tip and not something I ever would have thought about doing. You just never know when you might get stranded
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
It's simple really. So simple you wonder why you haven't thought of it before.
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• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv this was a big help for us here. Thanks for sharing
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@sinari (3298)
• Indonesia
15 Jan
These are very good tips for emergencies. Thank you for sharing.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
You're welcome. I thought it was a very good idea.
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@sinari (3298)
• Indonesia
16 Jan
@JudyEv Yes, I totally agree with you. That's a really great idea.
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@Shiva49 (23573)
• Singapore
17 Jan
That can be a lifesaving tip as we never know when we may need it. Thanks.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
18 Jan
It's such a sensible simple idea but could be very important.
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@Genipher (5433)
• United States
17 Jan
This only works if one wants to be found.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Jan
True but probably 99% want to be found. Or maybe not! And some probably get found despite their best efforts.