If you have to call for help to the trail, there are some things that are good to know about beforehand. For example, how to dress to help rescue personnel to find you in large areas, how you should communicate and make yourself understood even in harsh weather or with poor signal and how to safely prepare for a helicopter.
Receive a helicopter – eye contact, distance and loose gadgets
The staff who work with the helicopter are well trained, be sure to keep eye contact with the helicopter driver and list to any possible uses.
- No loose objects: The helicopter creates strong wind from the rotors so make sure there are no loose objects in the vicinity of where the helicopter will land. Keep all your personal equipment well packed away. Keep dogs under control near the helicopter. Hold on tight to or pack away all small loose objects.
- Avoid the rear part: Never approach the helicopter straight from behind – the tail rotor is powerful, difficult to see and can endanger life. Approach obliquely from the front.
- Protect your eyes: Make sure not to look straight at the helicopter when it lands, for the strong force of the rotors can pull up sand and gravel that can get into your eyes.
Get Found – Make sure to be easily seen
Make sure to make as good a signal as possible for you to be found for those looking for you on the ground or from the air.
- Smoke is visible across long distances, so lighting a fire can be a good way to draw attention to your position.
- Bright colours contrast with nature: Wear, or have a big object/bag cover in a bright colour like orange or clear blue – it breaks up natures colors and catches the attention from personnel trying to find you.
Strong wind and poor satellite connection can cause problems with understanding information over the phone. You can use the standardised phonetic alphabet to avoid misunderstandings. Think about what to say before you start talking.
Swedish Phonetic Alphabet:
NATO Phonetic Alphabet:
- X ray