The Personal Outdoor Plan (POP)
The Personal Outdoor Plan (POP) is a template for you to use when going on expeditions or days out. The POP is left with someone you choose, and who can then pass the contained information to the emergency services, should you fail to return at the stated time. In preparing for a trip, the POP can also serve as a planning tool and a checklist to make sure you have all of your essential items.
The emergency services rescue many people each year with very few details. During any emergency situation time is always a factor particularly when someone is injured. The more information Rescue planners and other emergency services have with regards to your trip and your actions in an emergency the sooner they can narrow a search area and speed rescue.
The POP was developed by Survival Wisdom instructor Chris. He says
“The POP was developed with the input from lots of individuals and organisations. In Search and Rescue its the search phase that will use the most time.This can be reduced by narrowing the search area. Also the more information available to rescue planners the better the chances of success and the level of risk to the rescuers is reduced. The POP can be used as a planning tool and will help you to anticipate and plan your actions in an emergency. The form is designed to answer as many of the planners potential questions as possible.”
The reason the POP is copywrited is to prevent other people from copying the POP form and making money from it. The POP is a free download with the aim of helping to save lives. If you wish to pay for it then Survival Wisdom recommends donating a sum to your local Search & Rescue group.
The POP can be completed and left with or emailed a friend. Each member of a group can leave their own POP or one may be completed for a whole group (please ensure that the group identity is made clear as to prevent multiple searches for the same group of people).
The POP is NOT intended to be left in ski lodges or outdoor centres, where it could potentially cause unnecessary concern and confusion if the return date and time are passed and the POP is not cancelled or removed.
The POP is available here in both PDF and Word formats. There is also an example of a completed POP, including guidance notes in PDF format.
If you donʼt have Adobe Reader for reading PDFs then you can get it free here.
Blank Personal Outdoor Plan
Below you can download a blank Personal Outdoor Plan. The download is in PDF or Word format and should open in a new window.
You can save the download either from the window in which the document will open or by right-clicking on the button below and selecting ʻsave target asʼ. Because this is a PDF you can print it and complete it by hand but not electronically.
If you want to complete a Personal Outdoor Plan by typing the details straight into the form, then choose the MS Word format lower down.
Example Completed Personal Outdoor Plan
Below you can download a Personal Outdoor Plan filled with example data. The download also contains guidance notes on completing your own POP. The download is in PDF format and should open in a new window. You can save the download either from the window in which the document will open or by right-clicking on the button below and selecting ʻsave target asʼ.