Communication is vital for survival whether you are hiking, hunting, camping, or riding in the backcountry. There are times when the mobile network is weak and communication is hindered. People may get hurt down the road, or you may be living in a remote area and there could be a power outage or a sudden medical emergency at home. In a real emergency, being able to contact someone for help is really crucial.
Survival preparation is not limited to storing enough food and medical supplies for emergencies. Having an efficient Off-Grid communication system that works under any condition is also an important part of the preparation for survival. In this article, I will show you how to turn your mobile phone into an Off-Grid communication device that works efficiently even when there is no power supply, mobile network or Wi-Fi.
What do you need?
Of course, you need a mobile phone, both Android or iOS will work. Besides, you will need a GoFindMe GPS tracker. It is a GPS tracking and communication device that works without cell service or monthly fee. You can pair it with your phone via Bluetooth and then you can use your phone to send voice or text messages without network coverage.
More about GoFindMe
The GoFindMe GPS tracker looks like a big USB stick that can also be attached to a strap, packpack, or collar of a pet. It works without a SIM card or cellular connection and you can expect up to 8 km of communication range with the antenna extended. It also supports Mesh mode, so the communication range can be dramatically expanded if there are more people using this device.
The GoFindMe GPS Tracker battery should run for 72 hours with a single charge. The device will have an offline map, an off-network chat option (voice + message) and will not require a monthly subscription. It will also define a safe area for children and will have an SOS button for quick help.
How can it help you?
Outdoor activities are entertaining whether with friends or family. However, not everyone advances at the same pace and a group can separate. A personal GPS tracker can help you in such a situation to locate all the people on a map and know where they are precisely and you avoid moments of anxiety.
The same is true if you bring your pet. You can spend a lot of time knowing where your dog has gone. While a simple GPS tracker around his neck will help you find your pet’s position at any time.
It is not only for outdoor activities that a GPS tracker is very useful. Think for example of your child going to school alone and as a parent, you cannot help but think if he is well. In such a situation, a GPS tracker can reassure you and offer you peace of mind.
There are GPS trackers incorporating the geofencing function that allows you to define a safe zone for children. Safe Zones are geographical boundaries that you can select from an application that will alert you when children cross the zone boundary.