Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.police.govt.nz
I have posted several blogs around the costs of searching for people who may have health problems and become disoriented. The devices these days are relatively low cost, but when landsar or Search and Rescue people have to go and look for missing people, the costs are horrendous.
In this instance over 4 days, volunteers invested more than 1100 man hours searching for this man who had recently suffered a stroke. Now I know nothing more about this instance, but if I had a friend or relative who had health issues, at the very least I’d be keen for them to be carrying a smartphone with GPS and a simple app, even just a ‘where’s my phone’ app, to be able to track them down if something happened.
I know, batteries go flat, but possibly not on the first day.You can think, it won’t happen to me, but it happens to people every day.
On the 15th of October we are having a New Zealand ShakeOut Day http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/get-ready/new-zealand-shakeout/. When we had the Christchurch Earthquakes one of the first and biggest problems was the question of where friends, colleagues and family were. I wonder if we have learned from that and if we would now have the ability to locate our own friends and family if they were incapacitated due to an incident?