The New Zealand Police are reminding Kiwis the best way to keep yourself safe in a life-threatening situation!
Most people think this advice is common sense but it is important because posts are circulating on social media channels, particularly in outdoor, tramping, and community groups on Facebook, that recommend people change their voicemail message rather than calling 111 when they are lost and have low battery on their phone.
Check out the Post from The New Zealand Police below!
"If you find yourself lost on a tramp or walk in the outdoors, and you have a weak signal or low battery, call 111 immediately."
"Do not waste time and phone battery trying to change your voicemail message."
"There is a post circulating on social media channels, particularly in outdoor, tramping and community groups on Facebook, that recommends people change their voicemail message rather than calling 111 when they are lost and have low battery on their phone."
"This post contains incorrect advice that could be life threatening."
"If you use up the last of your battery changing your voicemail, chances are nobody will know you need help."
"If there is no cellular signal you will not even be able to change your voicemail message."
"Before you go for a tramp or walk in the great outdoors let family and/or friends know where you’re going, and when to expect you back. Even better – make use of the 'Plan my Walk' app, which helps you plan and prepare your trip, including leaving trip intentions and advising contacts of your plans. More info here - planmywalk.nz"
"And take a distress beacon! These can be hired for as little as $10 and are an absolute lifesaver if you are in a life-threatening situation and need help. They can be hired or bought from outdoor stores and DOC visitor centres."