Sunday, October 2, 2022


One of the best tips we’ve ever heard. Read this – It could save your life

I recently came across this tip online and thought I should share it with as many people as possible. This is a GREAT tip for when your phone is about to die. NOTE: Changing your voicemail will not work if you do not have cell service, as this states. If you are going somewhere without cell service, update your voicemail beforehand just to be safe.

If you don’t know how to change your voicemail on an iPhone, click here. If you don’t know how to change your voicemail on an Android, click here. 

Please share this tip. The more people that know about this, the better. We like saving lives!



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11 months ago

Many thanks for the link!!!

11 months ago

Ummm, if I still have battery and cell service I’m calling 911. I set my voicemail once when I got my phone. The battery would be dead by the time I googled how to change my voicemail.

11 months ago
Reply to  J J

Zactly! Someone posted this tip on a community website (Nextdoor) and the EMS folks got on and said this was a bad idea. If you are in whatever trouble, call 911 *FIRST*, they’re the folks who are primed to get you help.

Roni Davis
11 months ago

This is not a good idea. If you have any juice left, sending texts to your emergency contact(s) is the best solution.

11 months ago

If you need a cellphone to save you from your lack of skill and knowledge, you should hire a guide. This so called tip won’t save you from yourself.

11 months ago

Always carry a power block with you! Mine is smaller than a pack of cigarettes. Plug your phone in and in a few minutes you have plenty of juice to make a phone call.

11 months ago

You should downloaded an App called “What3Words” to your phone. It divides the world into 3 meter squares and gives each square a unique combination of 3 words. If you don’t know where you are, all you have to provide to someone looking for you are the 3 words listed for your location in the app (which can be done by text message). That person can then put those words into the app on their phone and get directions to your precise location. It’s pretty simple to use and it’s free.

11 months ago

Why would you use up battery charge to change your voicemail message>?Call 911.
And if you have no cell service, how will you change your voicemail?
This is stupid and dangerous advice!!!

Retired Firefighter Tom
11 months ago
Reply to  RickH

Emily said to change the voicemail greeting while you still have cell service.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
11 months ago

Thanks, Tom. It was updated after RickH commented, I believe. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

11 months ago

Sounded like a good idea till the texting came along. Anyhow, thanks for thinking of us, we do appreciate you.

Donald N Wright
11 months ago

When in trouble, text message. Search and rescue can triangulate multiple text messages sent to you from different locations. Please find a clearing to stake down your blue poncho or blue emergency blanket. The Civil Air Patrol’s camera in their single engine aircraft will see it.

11 months ago

Coming from a former Search & Rescue volunteer: if you are lost or stranded, your best option is to stay put! It is much easier for first responders to find a stationary target than a moving one.

Marc Stauffer
11 months ago

I talked to my local SAR team and they do not agree with this. First and foremost you should always let a family member or friend know your travel plans and schedule. Second, a text message to a family member, friend or your local authorities back home will get through when a voice call will not. Fourth, straying away from your camp or vehicle in unfamiliar terrain is a sure fire way to die. Short scouting excursions to check for better cell reception, better shelter, civilization, food or water or firewood that keep your camp or vehicle in sight are ok. Finally, a voicemail change indicating that you are in distress takes precious battery time and may not be heard until it is too late.

Peggy Doulos
11 months ago
Reply to  Marc Stauffer

These are the correct things to do. This article should be rewritten with this information instead.

Bob Palin
11 months ago

This is a very bad idea, if you have service and a low battery send texts to several friends with your location and situation. Voice uses far more power than text, you should take action rather than a passive message that somebody may or may not hear for some time.

11 months ago

Where do you get this nonsense?

11 months ago

You’re that unprepared in life that you don’t have a power cord in your vehicle at all times.

11 months ago

This social media tip is nonsense like most of them. If you have cell service call or text for help.

Shame on you for repeating this.

Tim W
11 months ago

BAD IDEA! I don’t think it is a good idea to advertise on your voicemail that you are stranded somewhere or away from your home. That is an open invitation to thieves to break into your house or, even worse, to find you and do whatever to you while you are in unsafe conditions.

11 months ago
Reply to  Tim W

Only someone who knows you and your number would be calling….. not that threatening when you look at it that way. the random burglar does not know your phone number

11 months ago
Reply to  DENNIS

Maybe not, but how many spam calls do you get a day? Are they people you want knowing you’re not home and won’t be for some time?

11 months ago

Thanks, Emily, for a simple how to change the message too.

Roger V
11 months ago

The item you clipped states “…or has no signal”. That makes this suggestion useless from the start. Yes, you qualified it, but in fact, that is incorrect. It’s does not say it won’t work with no signal. It cannot not work if it has No signal. Too late at that point. Try texting. You might get lucky. Or better yet, carry a satellite based EPIRB like a Garmin InReach or Zoleo. Let’s you summon emergency responders and text with your emergency contacts. This clip has been spreading like wildfire on the internet in recent days. At best, it gives a sense of false security when you need help. At worst, it’s dangerous if you are in real trouble and make critical decisions as a result of thinking help is on the way.

Last edited 11 months ago by Roger V
11 months ago

I believe there are still a lot of 911 call centers that are not equipped to handle incoming texts. I think a good solution would be to have an group contact set up in your contact list labeled “emergency”, which would include a few trusted relatives or friends, as well as “911”. That way, if the message didn’t go thru to 911, it might get thru to others on the group list. To test the setup, send a message that says, “This is a test. Please ignore”.

11 months ago

Everyone should have a Garmin InReach which allows you to send texts to selected individuals using satellite system. No need for cell towers

Roger V
11 months ago
Reply to  Melissa

Agree, or a Zoleo or an ACR.. Lots of companies make good EPIRBs.

Last edited 11 months ago by Roger V
11 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

No. You do not want an EPIRB. those are for ships in distress. You mean PLB, personal locator beacon. That said, if you need that much support for your skillset you should consider upping your skills and scaling back your risk until then.

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