If You Are Lost
you are lost
you're not sure where you are, stay put! This is the most important survival tip. If
you are moving you will be harder to find.
The 5 Steps
- First Aid.
If you are hurt sit down and do what you can to administer first aid.
Start a fire. It is the basic element for survival. It provides warmth, can
be used for cooking, and signaling.
Your fire will serve as a signal but it is only good if someone is nearby.
In past times another signal that was used was to make large
letters on the ground (SOS or HELP). Making the letters as big as possible
and make sure they contrast with the ground color.
However there is a new
Universal sign being used world wide. "Three"
this can be three bangs of a log off a tree, three whistle blasts or three
gunshots. Rescuers and fellow hikers/hunters should recognize this sign and
respond with "two" of any noise this
signifies they are coming to help.
- Food and
water. Finding a source of water is more important than food. Most
people can last a few weeks without food. You'll only last a few days
without water. Do not eat anything unless you are 100% sure of what it is.
A good shelter will have a good supply of firewood and building materials
nearby. Also it should be near a water supply and next to an open area if
possible. A campsite deep in the woods is very hard to detect from the air.