Saturday, March 6, 2010

Basic rules if you are lost

Do you know what to do if you are lost and alone in the wilderness? Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan before you go into action.

1. Stop.

Sit down and stay put until the fear, anger, and or frustration has gone from your system.

2. Think through your situation.

What do you have that can help you in this situation? Your mind is your greatest survival tool!

3. Observe your surroundings.

Where should you stay? If you told someone where you were going, people may be searching for you. Is there an open area where the searchers would have a better chance of seeing you?

4. Plan your action.

In most cases, the priority should be:

- Find or make a shelter against the weather.

- Build a fire for heat.

- Signal to attract attention.

- Find water.

Next step

If after several days of waiting no one comes to your rescue, you may decide that no one is looking for you. In this case, you must attempt to find your own way to safety. Also, of course, this is what you have to do if you know from the beginning that no one will be looking for you.

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