Emergency communication and information on the latest weather and road conditions are important for campers and road trippers in Australia. A common challenge while moving around in remote locations is the unreliable mobile connection that can be vital in crucial situations.
Specific conditions such as the changing weather, road closures, and campsite shutdowns can be managed with timely updates and advanced preparation. Here are some tips for staying connected and handling camping contingencies.
Unpredictable weather such as cyclones, flooding, and bushfires can be frustrating and the only way to deal with it is to be adequately prepared for any situation along the road. Prompt information on road closures and campsite shutdowns can save you valuable time and resources that you can use for traveling to an alternative location. Before heading off on your camping or hiking trip in remote areas, be sure to pack reliable communications equipment for receiving and transmitting emergency information.
Staying informed on the road
UHF CB Radio: The Ultra High Frequency Citizen Band radio is an affordable communication tool for local incoming and outgoing messages. Channels 5 and 35 are reserved for emergency communication that is frequently monitored for people in distress. Use them only when necessary.
Radio communications depend on the terrain and environment surrounding its use and must be supplemented by other reliable gadgets for communication such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. With the UHF radio, remember that height is might. The higher the terrain, the stronger the radio signals, while the reverse can occur in lower locations.
Emergency numbers: Prepare a list of contact numbers and websites for emergency assistance. Before travelling to a camping location, gather enough local helpline numbers and websites and write them down. Post a printed copy where everyone can see them and enter them into your mobile phone as well.
In Australia, the websites to access for campers include:
Apps for Smartphones and Tablets: Install and access smart apps such as the Pocket Weather Australia which provides real-time weather information and forecasts and emergency alerts in any locality. This app obtains its data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Other smart apps to use include Fires Near Me and Disaster Watch which contain useful information about weather conditions and road closures. For more information on camping destinations and their contact numbers, try the Australian Road Trip application for most smart devices.
Do you have any tips for keeping your finger on the pulse when in remote areas of Australia? We’d love to hear about them.