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Campers and vagrants invited to wear emergency beacons


Police and the Mountain Safety Council are asking people to be prepared when they go outside this summer.

Both organizations are advising campers and trampers to take a distress beacon and obey Covid-19 traffic light rules.

A registered emergency beacon can call for help to a location in a life-threatening situation. They can be purchased or rented and must be registered at beacons.org.nz.

People are encouraged to make sure they have the skills for the activity, plan the weather, and share their plans with others.

Police National Search and Rescue Coordinator Master Sergeant Pete Theobald said there were a few things to take seriously when planning a vagrancy or camping trip.

“Tell someone where you are going and tell them when to sound the alarm if you don’t come back.

“If you are in trouble, can you call for help? Who knows where you are? Do you have the right outerwear, enough food and equipment to stay safe until the arrival of the children. relief? Because of Covid, there is even more to consider, ”he said. noted.

He predicts a high number and many new users will go abroad as international travel is still irrelevant.

Mountain Safety Council chief executive Mike Daisley said it was good practice to learn about the destination and prepare “using some of our free online resources or the new app www.planmywalk.nz” .

The Plan My Walk app supports planning a day, night or multi-day walk.

It is complete with follow-up alerts, MetService weather, gear lists, a custom map, and a profile section.

“As we see this increase in interest, we are encouraging these users to think about their personal safety and take a few simple steps to make sure they have a safe and enjoyable experience and get home,” Daisley said.

The Land Safety Code provides five key steps to enjoy the outdoors in complete safety:

Pick the trip that’s right for you: It helps to learn about the route and make sure you have the skills you need.

Understand the weather: it can change quickly.

Check the forecast and modify your plans if necessary.

Pack warm clothes and extra food: be prepared for bad weather and an unexpected extra night out.

Share your plans and find ways to get help: Letting someone you trust know your trip details and picking up a emergency beacon can save your life.

Take care of yourself and others: eat, drink, rest, stay with your group and make decisions together.

The impact of Covid-19 traffic light settings:

Provided you follow public health guidelines, most outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, trampling, and baiting can be undertaken at red and orange lights.

Keep up to date with United traffic light settings and requirements against Covid-19.

Whether you are going to the remote backcountry or sticking to a local trail, please verify your area information as part of your planning.

You can receive alerts in the Plan My Walk app.

Always carry a mask and hand sanitizer with you, scan where possible, and be courteous to others, especially in huts / where you might interact with others.