Going out into the great outdoors for these vacations?

… Take a distress beacon and respect the COVID traffic light system

Everyone wants to have a fun and safe summer season. The New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) both encourage solid planning and preparation for any outdoor adventure, whether camping with the family or walking through our beautiful surroundings. outside.

New Zealand Police and the MSC predict a recent increase in the number of people going outdoors during the holiday season.

Master Sergeant Pete Theobald, National Police Search and Rescue Coordinator, says there are a few things you need to take seriously when planning your backpacking 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 outer clothing, enough food and equipment to stay safe until help arrives? Because of COVID, there is even more to consider, ”he says.

MSC chief executive Mike Daisley said with international travel still on the sidelines and the many marketing campaigns encouraging Kiwis to explore their own backyards, many new users will be heading to the hills this summer.

“If you are planning to get out and explore, it’s a great idea to take the time to educate yourself about your destination and prepare yourself by using some of our free online resources or the new app www.planmywalk.nz “he said. .

MSC recently launched a new trip planner app called Plan My Walk, which takes care of planning everything from a day’s walk, a night’s walk, to a stroll around. several days. Developed for easy and quality trip planning and preparation, the app also provides motivation and inspiration by showcasing thousands of Aotearoa’s public walking and tramping trails.

Complete with track alerts, MetService weather, gear lists, personalized map and profile section, the app is perfect for proper summer tramping planning. “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,” says Daisley.

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

• Choose the route that’s right for you: it helps to find out about the route and make sure you have the necessary skills.

• 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 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 parameters:

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

• Stay up to date on traffic light settings and requirements at United against COVID-19

• Whether you are going to the remote backcountry or sticking to a local trail, please check 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 may interact with others.

Check the DOC website for immunization and public health requirements for using DOC shelters and campsites. You will find that DOC requires all visitors to be vaccinated if they use DOC huts and campsites.

For anyone going outdoors, a registered emergency beacon is the lifeline that can call for help to your location in a life-threatening situation. Take one with you when you go. It could save your life or someone else’s. You can rent or buy a distress beacon and take it with you.

You can register your emergency beacon at https://beacons.org.nz/

Registration is simple, fast and free. It gives searchers essential information that will help them find you if you are lost or injured.

Emergency beacons are small, lightweight devices that help you call for help in an outside emergency. There are several types :

• Personal locator beacons. A type of beacon that works on the intergovernmental Cospas-Sarsat satellite network. They can only send distress signals, nothing else. Distress signals are picked up directly by the Rescue Coordination Center NZ. Once the unit is purchased, there are no ongoing charges.

• Satellite emergency notification devices (SEND). A two-way communication device that operates from commercial satellite systems. They send an SOS signal to the commercial supplier who then alerts the rescue coordination center. They have a monthly subscription.

• EPIRBS – watertight beacons, designed for boats, which circulate on the Cospas-Sarsat intergovernmental network.

For more useful information on outdoor safety, you can visit the following websites: https://mountainsafety.org.nz/learn/resources/land-safety-code

To start your planning, download www.planmywalk.nz, and go to https://www.mountainsafety.org.nz/ and explore its helpful tips, how-to videos and online resources for your outdoor activity. favorite.

/ New Zealand police public communication. This material from the original organization / authors may be ad hoc in nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author (s). See it in full here.

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