Change Your Voicemail (MM #3872)

The Mason Minute


The NASA minute. With Kevin mason, if you've been online anytime in the last few days, you've probably seen the stories on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, even TikTok, telling you that if you're lost somewhere out on a hike, you should change your voicemail to give your coordinates just in case your battery goes dead and it'll help you be found. Of course, that's misinformation. A Colorado search and rescue team has responded to this viral social media post and says, don't do that at all. If you're lost somewhere in the back country, you're probably not going to have cell phone service anyway. So you're not going to be able to change your voicemail message. What you should do is try to text 9-1-1, texting uses less battery life as well as a better chance of getting that to go through via the cell when you're in a non service area. If you're out and about and you are doing some hiking and somewhere and get lost or get stranded or something happens, use text messages, turn off all your other apps and keep your cell phone warm to conserve battery life. It's kind of scary to think about these things, but with what's been going on in our world over the course of the last few years. It's always good to be safe better than sorry.

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