Communication is a vital part of Emergency Response. For travelling workers and especially for lone workers or teams working in high risk or remote areas, being able to make a call, may make all the difference.
In rural areas, stay clear of trees and out of any hollows. Attempt a call and wait for 1 minute to see if it connects (remember it may be scanning for other networks). If no connection is made, turn 180 degrees and try again – if there is only one cell mast, by turning round you negate the possibility of your phone signal trying to pass through your head to reach the mast (there may not be much inside your head, but every little helps!).
It’s a great idea to put your mobile phone into a water proof bag if you are working outside and essential if you are working near water. We recommend you do the same with your vehicle keys too as most modern vehicles have immobilisers and rely on electronic keys, which wont work once you have sat on them in the bottom of a water filled ditch.
Do you have any top tips for making emergency calls? We’d love to hear from you.