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10 reasons to carry a cell

Here are ten good reasons why you should own and carry a cell phone.

Weather and Acts of Nature

Many of us live in regions of the country where a sudden earthquake or tornado could happen without warning. Then there are the other events, such as hurricanes, fires, blizzards, ice storms, flooding, landslides, or a prolonged power outage, that may require a quick evacuation or move to a shelter. A cell phone is important to either get help or let others know your location and level of safety.

Travel Safety

In retirement, we may travel more – by car, RV, ship, train, plane or bus. It’s a good idea to let a family member or friend know where you are, where you are going next, and when you expect to arrive. While you are away, you can designate a friend or family member to contact you if there is a problem with your home, pet, friends or family.

Traffic Problems

No matter how well we plan, there can be traffic jams that cause us to be late for appointment, dinner reservation, or a party. A cell phone is handy to have to alert your destination of your new time of arrival.

Accidents Happen

When we least expect it, accidents happen. Most are minor, but as we age, even the minor ones can have major results. A simple fall on a slippery surface may not be just an embarrassment, but require a call for help, especially if no one sees you fall. An auto accident, empty gas tank, or flat tire always seems to happen in the middle of a bad weather. At those times, a cell phone is invaluable to summon police or a tow truck.

Good Samaritan

We have all been in situations when we wished the police were nearby. With a cell phone you ccould call police to report a drunk driver, get help for a lost child, the sighting of smoke coming from an unusual source, or the occurance of an accident. If you carry a cell phone, you can be of aid to others to summon assistance for others.

Staying in Touch

A phone makes you accessible when people want to reach you. You may think this couldn’t apply to you or would be an inconveninece, but surely you have a close friend or dear family member, perhaps a grandchild, with whom you would want to talk if you knew they needed to be reassured by hearing your voice or hear your advice and life wisdom in a pinch.

Finding Your Way If Lost

This can happen to any of us: we’re at an intersection without a map – is our destination a left or a right turn? With no one around to ask, a quick call to our destination will get us on our way.

Check a Schedule

After being told to return in an hour to pick up your prescription or car, you suddenly realize that the hour has stretched into two or longer. A cell phone is a handy thing to have to call in to check on the schedule and adjust our activities to fill the time productively.

911

THE most important reason to have a cell phone is to have one with you in the event of an emergency. Soon all phones will have location-based technology that will dispatch help to you quickly when you dial 911 without you having to know your exact address.

In Case of Emergency (ICE)

Program your cell phone with one or two phone numbers that will serve as your “In Case of Emergency” numbers. ICE numbers are a powerful aid to police or emergency personnel who may need to reach your doctor or a relative. In the event that you are in an accident or having a medical emergency and are non-responsive, the emergency personnel can use your cell to locate and dial your ICE contacts. To make this possible, use ICE-1, ICE-2, etc as the name of the emergency numbers to be called – emergency personnel don’t necessarily need to know their name or relationship to you. These ICE contacts may be critical in helping emergency personnel access enough medical information or treatment details about you to save your life.

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