This is a great idea that might save your life.


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I can't take credit for this. I found it on Gab. It's so simple yet so smart.

If you are ever lost while hiking, get stranded with a broken down car, etc and you notice your cell phone is either low on juice 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 cell 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.


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"WHAT! Loudram's not home...lost in the woods...unable to get to civilization?" Friend One.
"Yes, that's what his voicemail claims." Friend Two.

Seriously, that's a great idea. Also put your ICE (in case of emergency) contact number in the information that displays on your phones lock screen. Anyone can see it that way.

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
Agree, great idea, but after leaving the message STAY PUT.

Only if you're greeting says you're staying put. Whatever you said you're doing in your greeting, do that, unless your situation actually necessitates change.

One can also shoot azimuths or approximate azimuths to recognizable terrain features, landmarks, etc. and put it in a text and cell phone greeting. A search team can then shoot back azimuths and find your exact location if you shot at least two, but preferably 3 or 4.

One can also do something similar by providing the exact times your shadow points to recognizable terrain features, landmarks, etc. Include the date, especially if far north or far south because the day lengths change rapidly. Be aware, in cold weather a battery-operated watch will slow down.