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Old 10-01-2016, 11:25 AM   #1
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If you have a medical emergency

If you are camping in an area far off the highway and no one else around, and getting no cell signal, and you have a medical emergency or need the police, what do you do


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Old 10-01-2016, 11:36 AM   #2
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Sat phone. Not cheap but worth every penny in an emergency.

SPOT Global Phone

Another option and the one that I use is Delorme Inreach for two-way texting via satellite.

DeLorme inReach - Two-way satellite text messaging, tracking and SOS anywhere in the world

Both provide 911 response.

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When off roading with the jeep, it's good to have someone in the group equipped with a 2 meter ham radio for emergency. One can usually hit a repeater from most anywhere.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:43 AM   #4
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Fire up a 100 W HF radio. One of the many reasons I have license.

FWIW I somewhat question the question. I suppose there are some places out west where that can be done. Where I have been in the NE and S one cannot get all that far away from people so it's really not much of an issue in an RV. Grab a backpack and we have a different discussion.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:22 PM   #5
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A Personal Locator Beacon. Money upfront but no other charges. It"s not a contact someone and talk to them type of thing, it's more like a help come get me thing.

Personally I think I may be looking at a satellite phone when we go away this winter. Here in Michigan when you start to head north cell signals can get iffy.

We're heading south but you never know.

I do have medical issues that can become life or death rather suddenly. Scary stuff but being prepared relieves some of the anxiety.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:35 PM   #6
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If alone......drag yourself to vehicle and drive or DIE
Anyone out and about ALONE takes that chance
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Old 10-01-2016, 02:49 PM   #7
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We carry ours when in the airplane. Out with the RV. In the Jeep. On the four wheelers, and in the side by side.

At about $250 it's the cheapest, and best insurance for getting help money can buy. Unfold the antenna, hit the ON button, and within just a couple of minutes US and Russian SAR know who you are and where you are. And thanks to the built-in GPS, they know where you are to within just a few feet.


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Originally Posted by Old-Biscuit View Post
If alone......drag yourself to vehicle and drive or DIE
Anyone out and about ALONE takes that chance

Yep. That's me.

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Old 10-01-2016, 11:40 PM   #9
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If you have serious medical issues then you shouldn't stay in places where you couldn't get help. Only you know your own body and if you should be in remote areas.

Otherwise...we full-timed and boondocked for 16 years and didn't even think about it. In our early years of full-timing we didn't even have a phone or a computer. We had to use pay phones. We always told the kids where we were heading and when we planned to be near a pay phone again so they didn't worry about not hearing from us. Even when driving they always knew the basic route we were taking and where we were planning on staying. However, things happen to change but if they didn't hear for us in a timely manner we could be located by the police by giving them our general direction.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:13 AM   #10
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years ago.. working, ladder collapsed (22 feet up) , out in country.. no one around.
and before cell phones.
pulled myself 200 feet to truck (winter time and snow) , drove 30 miles to hospital.. and YES I could have stopped at first gas station.(and wait 1 hour), took almost a year before I could walk again

do what you need to do.

if you are that concerned stay near other people. my opinion.
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:17 AM   #11
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Boy I don't know how we survived years ago, we used to go boat camping on Lake Powell every summer for a month at a time. We explored just about every side canyon on that lake and always made it back. Over the years we have had injuries that required medical attention , but managed to get help. Back then there were no cell phones, computers, GPS, or any of the modern day technology we have today. It seems the more advance we get the more people become dependent on the technology and less dependent on themselves. Sometime things happen you have no control over, if you are that dependent on technology to survive you may be safer at home.
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:31 AM   #12
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If you have a medical emergency

For the price of a fancy TV someone can have a satellite emergency device and a bunch of you are dissing it and suggesting the OP stay home? Wow, great advice!
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:06 AM   #13
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Having followed some stories about folks in trouble technology today would save lives that would otherwise get lost. The hike in Maine comes to mind. She had a SPOT and left it in the last motel room with her husband, walked off the trail to do a potty break and was not sure how to get back. Her response was to walk the wrong way looking for a cell signal to call for help. It appears she lived at least a week camped in the wrong place waiting for rescue. If she had kept her SPOT with her she would have been rescued. Anyone who does back country has to do the equation of how much they are willing to spend to avoid dying when something bad happens.
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:00 AM   #14
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If one has a limiting condition then plan for an event where one is traveling.

So...Contact the public safety office responsible for whatever place you are planning to visit...important word use here...planning...

Ask how they prepare and respond to events such as your possible and if they require permits or have radios or other communications devices.

Some places may have beacon devices and others may advise against due to inability to respond to your specific possible need.

You should be able to go anywhere within your limitations And maybe a bit more but the key to surviving is knowing your risk and planning ahead.

We use a little place not far away and it is in a hole so to speak.

Zero phone coverage so off grid just outside of town.

The host has wire line and visits as you are setting up to remind you to get him for help if needed.

Simple planning...

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