Following a number of recent incidents involving people getting into difficulty outdoors Police are reminding people to plan and prepare before heading out this winter.
“Whether it’s a multi-day tramp or a day-walk, people are urged to plan their trips, prepare for all conditions, and properly equip themselves before setting off,” says Police SAR Co-ordinator Sergeant Phil Simmonds.
Police remind people to be especially mindful of conditions during winter, with shorter days and below freezing temperatures at night.
Plan your trip: seek local advice and knowledge if you are unfamiliar with terrain and conditions, and thoroughly plan your route before heading out.
Tell someone where you are going, and let them know when to raise the alarm if you don’t return.
Beware of the weather: our weather is very unpredictable and can deteriorate quickly.
Check the forecast and expect weather changes.
Know your limits: don’t push your physical limits and experience in unfamiliar or dangerous terrain.
Take the right supplies and equipment: make sure you have the right clothing for the conditions, and emergency rations for the worst case scenario.
Take appropriate means of communication.
Think: if you get into trouble, can you call for help? Who knows where you are? Do you have the clothing, food and equipment to stay safe until help arrives?
SARCOSAR rescue practice. Photo: Eric Schusser.