Remote, office or field-based consulting to help reduce risk through practical tested measures.
Managing safety in extreme environments begins in the planning stage and continues into the field. From risk management plans to detailed mapping, to innovative offline apps and real-life first aid training, Austere can highlight and mitigate areas of concern for your wilderness activities. Our experienced wilderness risk consultants will implement dynamic, functional and achievable plans to keep your team safe and the activity on track. Your tailored safety and risk management plan can be delivered as an offline, customised desktop Risk Management Portal and mobile app.
Austere is often engaged to develop emergency plans for remote activities. The plans we produce are not ‘off the shelf’ plans, but rather are customised to the dates, region, weather, and nature of your activity. All plans are written to include primary and secondary options and involve consultation with local emergency services, rescue agencies, fixed and rotary-wing evacuation providers, and other relevant parties to ensure accuracy. Plans are also written in an easy to follow style for quick reference in the event of an emergency.
Good documentation is critical to not only running a safe and successful remote activity but also for protecting yourself in the event of an investigation. A documentation audit is sometimes required by insurance companies, or from the client for their best business practice procedures. The main advantage of an external audit is gaining an experienced, unbiased opinion of your activity’s documentation system to determine what is being done well, and where improvements need to be made. Austere can often help a client navigate challenges of documentation for remote areas, including:
- temporary or seasonal teams (coming together for the activity, then disbanding)
- offline access in remote areas
- mixed teams with members from different organizations
On-location activity audits can be arranged to inspect an activity during normal operations and potentially identify areas to improve safety to participants. By inviting an experienced Austere consultant to inspect your activity, you are increasing the chances of potential risk being identified. Experienced managers and team members often miss critical points due to familiarity with the activity and having a set of ‘fresh eyes’ inspect the activity can often detect new sources for improvement.
Up-to-date maps are essential for remote activities and public open-source maps (e.g. OpenStreet Maps) often have poor or non-existent coverage of remote areas. Austere can deploy a team member into the field ahead of the activity to map an area, and deliver the map in traditional paper form, or in an offline desktop/mobile field application for quick and easy distribution to team members.
Communication surveys can be incorporated into activity mapping, or conducted as a stand-alone service. By deploying an Austere consultant into the field ahead of your activity, managers and supervisors will know in advance where communication dead-spots exist and can modify plans and equipment accordingly. Austere can survey and map communications for; cellular (mobile), HF/VHF/UHF radio, satellite, and wide-area Wi-Fi technology (e.g. LOWARAN).