Sunday, 25 August 2013

Give your position away

If you can determine your position, it's important to ensure that you know how to describe it. This is best illustrated with latitude and longitude, the most internationally recognised coordinate system used on all sea and air charts as well as most GPSes and mobile phones. Many instruments display position in different format and if you say it wrong, it's possible to send the rescuers to the other side of the planet, which isn't going to help. If you follow this rule of the numbers and symbols, it doesn't matter what format the device uses, you'll always be able to convey your correct position so that the search and rescue crew are tasked to the right location. 

Monday, 12 August 2013

What is the Emergency Services Number?

What is the emergency services number in the UK? The USA? How about Canada? Australia? India? Germany? France? That's a trick question really, as France has three different numbers for their services. Are they all free to call? Can they all be called from mobiles? Can they all be called from foreign mobile? Can you text any of them?

Chances are, you'll know the answer to two or three of those questions, but in a survival situation, should you be presented with the opportunity to phone for help, you must know the answer or you're missing a vital opportunity to get rescued. Read on and easily remember how to contact the emergency services throughout most of the world.