In dealing with an emergency, proper planning and preparation is the key before you leave home. Some of the things to think about are:
- Make sure you are properly equipped for the areas you are traveling to.
- Do you need extra water, food or specific equipment such as winches, ropes, a recovery kit etc?
- Before you travel, consider doing a First Aid course and make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit. Organisations such as the Australian Red Cross or St John’s Ambulance offer both courses and first aid kits.
If you do happen to have an emergency while on the road:
- Remain calm
- Alert the appropriate authorities, giving your name, the best description possible of where you are, what the emergency situation is and if there are any injuries. Make sure you stay on the line until the emergency services personnel tell you it is okay to hang up.
- Remove others from danger only if it is safe for you to do so.
- If you are out of mobile range, don’t forget your UHF radio. While they only have a limited range, your message can be relayed to emergency services by others on the road or in the area.
For more information, you can go to the Australian Government’s Emergency Services website
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