When I was involved with Mountain Rescue and the Statistician of the accidents, I was privy to lots of information. Much of it was sad reading. One such incident was when a person had fallen and lay on the hill and very badly injured for a couple of days and was unable to get a phone message out due to lack of phone service and the remote area. It was a tragedy as he had left several texts for help that had not got out and by the time he was located it was too late for him and his family. Can you imagine the family reading these texts and the helplessness. Please act and read the instructions as posted on the Facebook Page of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team below. This may save you life and help the Agencies locate you, it free and easy to do and to me a no brainer.
Always leave a message where you are going and please, please join the Emergency Text Service. We owe it to those who we leave at home.
This is from Lochaber MRT Facebook Page please share
EmergencySMS SMS to the emergency services
Registering your mobile phone
You need to register your mobile phone before using the emergencySMS service. This is best done beforeyou need help. You can register by sending an SMS text message from your mobile phone.
Registering using SMS
To register using SMS text messages you must:
- Send the word ‘register’ in an SMS message to 999
- You will then receive SMS messages about the service
- When you have read these SMS messages reply by sending ‘yes’ in an SMS message to 999
- You will receive a SMS message telling you that your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration
Checking your Registration
You can check your mobile phone registration by sending the word ‘register’ in a SMS message to 999.
You will receive a SMS message telling you if your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration.
Unable to Register
If you try to register and do not receive an SMS message from the emergencySMS service please check with your mobile communications provider to make sure they support the emergencySMS service.
Please. please share. We love the mountains but we owe it to our friends and family to make it as safe as possible.
Make sure your belays are bombproof in winter whenever possible.