Safety Speaker Tip – Emergency Lighting – In Everyone’s Pocket
From all the video posted online from people’s phone cameras we are all aware there are few places in this world where there isn’t a camera or recording device. As a safety speaker, I am aware almost everyone in my audience has a smart phone. Because most people carry a cellular phone they have a piece of emergency equipment they may not have thought about. Many phones with a camera also have a light. In a power failure similar to what most of the east coast experienced during the onslaught of hurricane Matthew, we no longer have to rely on emergency lights in a building. The flashlight on the phone is subject to your phone being charged. You should have enough power to at least get out of a building where you are in danger.
I realized the power of this recently at a concert by the group, “Casting Crowns” in Sacramento, California at the old Memorial Auditorium. At one point during the concert, they asked everyone to take out their phones and turn on the flashlight, which is built in. The result was the darkened room came to light. You could have safely walked anywhere in the auditorium from the light of all those phones. I took the following photo to illustrate what was once a blackened ceiling.
Talk about emergency situations ahead of time and what people might do to keep themselves safe. Discussing in advance the fact that many people have a light with them will allow them to think of it in the midst of an emergency. You can have a great discussion using a flip chart and eliciting ideas from people of what they have on them that would be useful. Also, you can discuss emergency kits and other strategies to deal with potential issues in your region of the world. For instance, in California with the possibility of earthquakes, I have always taught my family to keep the car filled with at least half a tank of gas. In the event of an earthquake, gas stations without power will not be able to sell you gas.
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