Is your mobile phone ready for an emergency? 999=112

We are all familiar with ‘999’ as the emergency number in the UK.  112 does the same job and works in other parts of the world as well.

The video below is full of helpful information about how to make the most of a mobile ‘phone in areas where the signal is weak or virtually non-existent.  Key points:

  • 112 or 999 will try to get through on any available carrier, not just your own service;
  • You can normally make a 112 or 999 call from a locked mobile ‘phone.  So even if your own ‘phone is out of action you should be able to use a colleague’s or passer-by’s phone without knowing their security code.
  • Finally a text might be able to get through when the signal is not strong enough to make a call.  But for this to work you need to register your phone first.  This is easily done by:
  1. Text the word ‘register’ to 112 (or 999)
  2. Wait for a reply which tells you to text the word ‘yes’ to 999

You then receive a text to acknowledge your registration and that’s it!  Once registered you can text details of an emergency to 112 or 999.  The text needs to say which service is required, describe the emergency briefly and give as precise details as possible of the location – including any local landmarks which might help.  A ‘phone call will always be better, but if a call can’t get through a simple text could prove to be a life-saver in a remote rural location.

More details about Registration at this link to the emergency SMS website.

This video by Lyle Brotherton contains some very helpful advice about how to use a mobile ‘phone to best advantage in a remote emergency.  It’s worth adding that there are a few apps which can also be used to give your location on a smartphone, like OS Locate which will give your six-figure (100 metre) grid reference.

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