You most likely will not see people using their blue tooth in a grid down situation, but people may still be on their smart phones. Texting functions use a lot less signal and if cellular towers still have power, you may still be able to text just like they were doing right after hurricane Sandy. There is a lot of uses for technology in a disaster situation as long as you take some extra steps in your preps.
Almost everyone holds a miniature super computer in their pocket. Your smart phone could be one of your best friend in an emergency unlike an actual desktop or laptop computer. There are so many features you can use it for. Of course if there is still cellular service you can use it for an unlimited access to info with most web browsers, anything from refugee center locations, contacting emergency services to current weather radars and radio broadcasts. When service does disappear, the applications that do not require data service to operate could be life savers with interactive first aid manuals, color pictures guides to edible plants, or downloaded maps.
When you are downloading all your maps, guides, manuals, and applications, you will need enough memory to store them. The iPhone is not the best platform for storage, relying on iTunes on your home computer and iCloud to back-up and organize the phones storage. Unless you want to safe guard and dedicate power to your home PC which is a whole lot more difficult, I’d look at other options. A lot of Android platform phones have expansion ports for memory cards allowing you the ability to store a large amount of information on multiple cards.
Some of the preloaded apps from the manufacture will come in handy as well. I’m not familiar with all the smart phones available, but apps that come preloaded on iPhones that would help out in off grid situations could include calculator, notes, voice recorder, camera, and music. You could be wondering about the last two I mentioned. From taking pictures of landmarks to find your way back after foraging for food to taking a picture of the original positions of parts under the hood of your car, your phones camera can serve a lot of purposes and save your butt. There really is only one purpose for the music player on the phone in a survival situation and that is as a morale booster. The music that you have on your phone can break the stress and tension and bring you back some resemblance of normalcy in a SHTF scenario.
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Depending on any electrical device during a grid down situation adds a whole new level of preparedness, keeping them charged. You could have every guide book and technical manual created on your tablet or smart phone, but once the battery runs out, so does the usefulness of it. A lot of people have and hopefully carry an emergency charger for their phone. The emergency charger usually gives a cellphone at least one full charge, but once that charger is drained, you need to recharge that too. I recommend a solar charger for your phone and emergency charger, there are a lot of them out there as well. I keep a Goal Zero in my car bag just as a back up, the other nice feature to mine is that it comes with a “AA” battery charger as well. You also should have a durable case with shock absorbing and impact resistant capabilities. You will also want to look at at waterproof containers, unless you spend all your time in the Sahara that is.
Any amount of moisture could make for a horrible day when you need your phone. I recommend having a waterproof box for both your phone and charging unit.
Yes your smart phone could be a the perfect survival library, but two is one, one is none. Never fully rely on any electronic item in a disaster, there are so many variables that could ruin them. Always have as many hard copies as you can, a physical library of info as well as your mobile.
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