Using Cell Phone for Emergency Communications

Emergency Communications

cell phones and chargers

We are all spoiled by the fact that we carry a small communication device in our pockets, the cell phone.  When I was young, these were still dreams in the science fiction movies.  Today I carry one with me everywhere and probably depend on it to much.  I am still not quite up to date; I haven’t gone to a smartphone yet, but maybe one of these days. During many different situations cell phones, work well for emergency communications.

If it is an EMP attack or a situation in which the government shuts down the cell phone system occurs you will have to go with your backup plan.  However, in the mean time, the cell phone is very handy and almost everyone has one.

A few years back we had a major wildland fire in our area that destroyed over 60 homes.  Several members of our church live in the area and we wanted to check on them.  But the phone system was jammed.  We discovered that even when the lines were jammed, texts were going through.  We were able to reach everyone successfully by using texting.

emergency communications

The USB ports in the Hybridelight

One of the problems with cell phone is that they need to be charged.  So how do you charge one in an emergency?  I carry a Charge Worx Power Bank in my kit. This allows me one extra charge in an emergency.  Now this works well with my old phone, but it may not provide enough power for some of the newer smart phones.  However, there are a variety of different size power banks that will meet your needs.  I ordered an extra one from Amazon today that provides 6000 amh of power and will charge smartphones and tablets.

Many of these devices can be charged from a Goal Zero or equivalent solar panel in an emergency.  The new solar powered flashlight from Hybridlight has a connection so that you can charge your phone from it and still have 2 ½ hours of light left.  I have one of these flashlights and love it.  I can recommend them.

Cell phones may be your best solution for emergency communications in many types of emergencies.  Get a backup power source for yours.  They are small, easy to use and very inexpensive.


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4 Responses to Using Cell Phone for Emergency Communications

  1. Ed Harris says:

    I use the Nebo 6227 PAL Flashlight Power Bank Rechargeable USB, which combined a pocket-sized LED flashlight with power bank to recharge your cell phone. It comes with a USB adapter for most phones.

  2. Doug says:

    Serval project ( is developing an app for Android phones that allows them to use a peer to peer plus mesh network to enable communication when the cellular towers are down. Check it out!

  3. Marco says:

    Using a Beartooth radio communication adaptor for your smartphone or download the Bluetooth chat app can make your device useful in a place where there’s no signal…

  4. South Bay Safety Guy says:

    You can also get adapters that will let you recharge your cellphones from just about any 12V battery, such as the one in your car. For maximum flexibility get one adapter that connects the phone to a cigarette lighter plug, plus a separate adapter that connects a cigarette lighter socket to a pair of alligator clamps that can attach directly to battery terminals. If you have older phones with different charging plugs, you may need a separate adapter for each one.

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