Be SMART about using a
- Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
- Satellite Emergency Notification Device (SEND) e.g. “Spot”
- cell phone
- If you answer “No!’ to “Would I go there without my PLB, “SEND” or cell phone?” then don’t go there
- Would you normally do something that might fracture your pelvis, freeze your hands or feet, kill you by
heat stroke, suffocate you under snow, drown you or get you lost for days? If you answer “NO” – then don’t do it relying on a signaling device!
- Don’t think “It won’t happen to me – that happens to someone else.” Backcountry and wilderness travelers must know how to:
- Prepare for
- Recognize and
- Prevent an emergency
“SEND” – A distress signal transmitter that uses satellites for communication, other than a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon, for individuals), ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter, for aircraft) or EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, for boats).
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PLB-SEND Recommendations NASAR.doc 1/2009