The modern Swiss Army knife: A broken cell phone can save your life
How to use your phone to survive in the wild
CLEVELAND - The list of things our cell phones can do these days is long. But when it comes to getting help in an emergency forget about calling 9-1-1, instant messaging a friend, or updating your status. Did you know your phone, regardless of how ‘smart’ it is, can save your life in a pinch?
“We’re in the woods, we’re lost, and we have our cell phone,” said survival expert Creek Stewart.
However, the one Stewart was carrying took a tumble and the battery was dead.
“The cell phone, as it stands doesn’t work, and is never going to work,” said Stewart.
So, common sense would tell you the phone is no good in a survival situation, but think again.
“Shelter, water, fire, food and rescue,” said Stewart.
All of these core survival necessities we can find inside our cell phone.
“Busting up your cell phone is an absolute last resort, worst case scenario,” said Stewart.
Cell phones don’t come apart easily, but when they do, you can use the mirror inside as an improvised signal mirror. The reflection may be seen by rescuers.
“Two, three miles, absolutely,” said Stewart. “Especially on a bright sunny day.”
Every cell phone also has a speaker. Inside the speaker is a small magnet you can use to magnetize a small wire to make a compass in a still body of water.
“The [small wire] will slowly rotate on its own until it lines itself with the north-south line,” said Stewart.
Your busted cell phone can help you get dinner, and we’re not talking about calling for carry-out. You can actually use small metal pieces inside the phone to create fishing lures.
As for the battery in your phone, it can be short circuited to make a fire. After you catch your fish and cook it with your fire, sharpened pieces from the circuit board can help you eat it.
Thanks to Creek’s survival skills, chances are we’ll never look at our cell phones the same way again.
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