Emergency SMS another safety tool in an emergency – have you registered your phone yet?

When I am asked to speak at Mountain Lectures or talks I always try to add a Safety message. I was out the other day with Celine and she was asking me about Mountain Safety and how to get instruction and guidance.  There are some good navigational tips on my pal Lyle Brothertons website.

Basic Navigation is a key skill , map reading and compass work get better with practice and the time to practice is now in the summer and better weather?  You should always carry a map and if possible everyone should have one. It is also essential it is in a waterproof case that will protect it from the weather.


I was also asked by another friend about the emergency Text Service and would advise all to get this free service on your phone.

Contact 999

For more information, visit: http://www.emergencysms.org.uk www.rnid.org.uk/esms


To Register –  You will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergencySMS first. Register now: don’t wait for an emergency.

To register, text ‘register’ to 999.

You will get a reply

Then follow the instructions you are sent.


What is emergencySMS? If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service which has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or difficulty with speech. Since September 2009, the emergencySMS service has successfully handled hundreds of real emergency calls. Thanks to this service criminals have been arrested, lives have been saved and babies have been born safely. What is an emergency? Please do not send test or non-emergency texts – only use emergencySMS for real emergencies. For example, if: • someone’s life is at risk • a crime is happening now • someone is injured or threatened • there is a fire or people are trapped • you need an ambulance urgently • someone is in trouble on the cliffs, on the shoreline or is missing at sea. This service works throughout the UK on all mobile networks, it cannot be used from abroad. How do I use emergencySMS? Register You will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergencySMS first. Register now: don’t wait for an emergency. To register, text ‘register’ to 999. You will get a reply – then follow the instructions you are sent. In an emergency > Text 999 We need to know: > Who? Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue or Coastguard. > What? Briefly, what is the problem. > Where? Exactly where the problem is happening – give the name of the road, house number, postcode or nearby landmark, if possible. What happens next? The emergency service will either ask for more information or will tell you that help is on the way. Don’t assume that your message has been received until the emergency service sends a message back. It will usually take about two minutes before you get a reply. If you don’t get a reply within three minutes, please try again or find other ways of getting help


Please Register  it simple I would also advise that you  make sure you leave your details of where you are going your route etc with someone you trust so if you have a problem the Emergency Services can find you!

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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