Marie-Claude Dulac

By Marie-Claude Dulac

October 15, 2015

Leisure

Forest Rescue: When There is No Cell Phone Signal

Article revised on 6 October 2017

At this time of the year, many of us want to get away to see the autumn colours. A jaunt may involve trekking into the woods with no means of contacting family, friends or emergency services. If something happens to you and you have no cell phone reception, having a way to ask for help could save a life.

Here are a few tips on how you can enjoy yourself but stay safe.

Satellite telephones

Nowadays, satellite telephones are not as bulky and expensive as they once were. You can get one for an affordable price or even rent one for a few days. Since they connect directly to the satellite network, you’re able to communicate your coordinates, wherever you are.

SPOT GPS messages

There are also little devices that are a lot more reliable than sending smoke signals to call for help. New SPOT satellite technology that sends out GPS coordinates has multiple functions. It can send messages to your family and friends with your exact position, request assistance, and there is an SOS button linked to 911. A number of affordable packages for these devices are available, depending on the services you would like.

Airmedic to the rescue

Calling for help is the first step, but who will provide it? In Quebec, Airmedic is the only company that offers emergency medical transportation by helicopter over the whole province all year round. This kind of service is indispensable when you’re in a remote area.

To take advantage of this air ambulance, you need to sign up for Airmedic or be a La Capitale General Insurance client.

And don’t forget: escaping to the great outdoors is all well and good, but stay connected in case of an emergency.

Have a great autumn!

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