Re: GPS Accuracy
George J. Dolicker (gjpd@INS.COM)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 17:37:26 -0400
Very good point, Cheryl! Calling for help once you need it (or at least
strongly suspect that you do) is important... but it had better not be your
whole emergency preparedness plan!
There's a soapbox in here somewhere on which I rebel against the seemingly
universal premise, even in advanced first aid classes, that an ambulance is
only 7-10 minutes away via 911. This is often not the case, especially
when in the backwoods or during a disaster.
Be prepared. What made Scouting count in my life was not having to sit
down lost when the batteries in my GPS or cell-phone die... knowing how to
hike, camp, navigate, survuve... THRIVE using only low-tech skills not
taught elsewhere. Do I carry a GPS and a cell phone or HT? You bet! Have
they ever been seen out of my pack? Nope.
Lead by example, and demonstrate reliance on good Scoutcraft and skills.
Leave the electronics as a back-up plan, and hope they still have batteries!
At 01:36 PM 7/22/98 -0400, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
>On Tue, 21 Jul 1998, Mark Arend wrote:
>> At 02:54 PM 7/20/98 -0600, you wrote:
>> > Cell
>> >phones are becoming a real problem out here because people believe they
>> >there rescue source.
>> I remember a newspaper article a while back. It seems that all the 911
>> phone calls for a good-sized chunk of Wisconsin are routed through one of
>> the sherrif's offices. They got a call from someone in trouble and the
>> person only knew that they were on Highway 41 on a bridge over big water.
>And I remember a few short weeks ago, a comm-sat went adventuring and pagers
>and cell phones all over the USofA ceased to function; it was as much as
>4 hours before some users knew what the problem was and I know one user
>whose service provider failed to switch for nearly 3 days.
>WHEN they work, they're great. But as someone famous says in a
>commercial, it doesn't do you any good if nobody answers. ;)
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