Nearly all cell phones have a camera built into them now. A key part of an emergency situation is communication and documentation. Obviously any camera can help document a situation, but with a camera phone you can significantly speed up the communication process by immediately sending those pictures to the people that need to see them.
- Injury photos to the doctor.
- Damage documentation for insurance.
- “Here’s the landmark I’m near.”
- Record medicines or food brand needs.
- Remember parking spot locations.
- Document your cleanup efforts.
- Document your repair or cleanup expenditures.
- Crime scene evidence.
- Photo reaction plan for the reading disabled.
- Report suspicious activity.
If you have an iPhone you can also be prepared for nearly any first aid emergency by having ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach installed on your phone. Much more than a first aid and CPR guide, the ResQr software family is first aid and CPR apps for mobile and computer platforms that coach, and support you through an emergency first aid event in real time, as it happens. Check out the entire family at the ResQr site!
You can find a list of 50 uses for your camera phone in Disaster Prep 101 by Paul Purcell.