CTIA-The Wireless Association published a pre-vacation checklist that very well may save your life. I've thought of doing these on my phone for the most part, but never thought to program my son's phone. Here's the safety list they provided:
1) Input all emergency wireless numbers into your wireless device. It's important to know how to store and access wireless phone numbers you might need in an emergency. Make sure you have numbers of your family members, friends, medical professionals, and any other emergency contacts.
2) Learn How to Text Message. When disasters strike and communication networks might be challenged, text messages often travel through wireless networks faster than voice calls.
3) Activate Your Video, Picture Messaging, Voice Activation, and GPS Functions. Mapping destinations, locating emergency services, pinpointing locations, and capturing photos are just some of the numerous ways your wireless phone can increase safety. Acquaint yourself with all of the great safety features on your wireless device.
4) Double-Check for Reliable Batteries and Battery Charging Equipment. Check your batteries to ensure they're in fine working order, and don't forget to take a charger and a car charger with you. It's always a good idea to have a back-up power source in case you need it!
5) Utilize Locks and Passwords On Your Device. Make it a priority to protect your personal information should your wireless device fall into the wrong hands.
The CTIA is an international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.