Dependence on communication/emergency alerting systems is no substitute for adequate pre-planning, good bush and navigation skills, appropriate fitness and sound leadership. A bushwalking trip should be based on the participant's skill and experience and a party of sufficient size and strength for the particular venture. These are the basic requirements for safety and enjoyment of the planned bush activity. Such parties should be safe and not require external assistance in all but the most
Let someone know before you go
ALWAYS leave a plan and party details with a trusted relation/friend with instructions if you have not contacted them by the due time. Use the free Trip Intentions Online or the Victoria Police Trip Intentions Form.
Mobile phones for communications in the bush
Mobile phones can often be used for communications in the bush and other remote areas. It is recommended that parties carry at least one mobile phone.
All mobiles are not equal. Do some research to determine which mobile phone will be the best for the places you are likely to use it.
Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)
Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) can be carried and used to issue a distress alert via satellite and overhead aircraft in the event an emergency occurs in the field.
Bushwalking Victoria recommends PLBs for bushwalking and other trips into remote areas, noting that they:
- Can save lives, although they may not be completely reliable in all circumstances
- Are a last resort in cases of grave and immediate risk to life – not a first resort
- Are not a substitute for sound leadership and party strength
- Help to minimise search and rescue efforts and costs
- Should be registered with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to assist the search and rescue response
For more comprehensive information on this topic follow this link http://www.bsar.org/Remote-area-communications