This blog is about survival and safety in the outdoors. Every year there are people who go out to have a stroll in nature, a hike, camping or some similar fun activity and they find themselves in a life threatening situation. YES THIS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU OR A LOVED ONE! Whether an outdoor enthusiast, a casual lover of nature or an experienced "survival expert" these tips will help you be prepared for the unexpected turn of events that nature so often can present. KEEP YOUR LOVED ONES SAFE!
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Series-STOP!: S is for STAY
you find yourself lost or confused in a wilderness survival situation, the
first thing to do is take a break. Take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to just
relax. Sit in a comfortable spot and sing a song, recite a poem, watch birds,
or have a snack – whatever relaxes you. If you take just a short break this
will likely diminish going into panic and just running and getting yourself
lost even more. Being relaxed will also likely help you to think more clearly
when break time is over.
break time is over, then you can take time to STOP.
- STAY where you are if possible as this will make it easier for rescuers to
When a person is lost in the wilderness, it
is generally best to stay where you are and let rescuers find you.This will be a much easier job for rescuers
if you left a copy of your agenda with a contact person and perhaps a copy also
in your car or main camp site if you traveled away from a camping spot.Unfortunately, there are too many search and
rescue wilderness survival stories in which the search and rescue process is
much more complicated because the lost person haphazardly tried to find their
way back to a safe place when they really did not have a good basis for moving
on further, nor a good sense of direction.In fact, all too often individuals who are lost in the wilderness tend
to get lost even more by moving on without knowingwhich way they should go and they get further away from where they
should be heading.
take a look at this situation in another perspective.The next time you are about to get in your
car, do you check a certain place in the house for the car keys?Perhaps you keep your keys on a hook by the
kitchen door or in a drawer.Wherever
you generally keep your keys, that is the place you go to get your keys.The last place you put them is where you
expect them to be.Generally that is
where you will find them.Now, lets
suppose somebody moved your keys from where you generally put them.The next time you go to get your key and you
find it is not there, what is your next step toward finding your key?The key can’t tell you where it is anymore
than a person lost in the wilderness can tell you where they are.The concept here is really basic, you tend to
look for a key or lost person where they were last seen.Staying put and letting rescuers find you is
a very good plan.While staying put, you
can spend the time making yourself safer and more comfortable and setting up
signals to make search and rescue efforts easier.So don’t panic and run yourself into getting
further from help.
put can be a key to wilderness survival.
those with younger children, teach them to stay put and hug a tree!