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How to Survive If You’re Lost in the Woods

How to Survive If You’re Lost in the Woods

How to Survive If You’re Lost in the Woods. Getting out of the wilderness alive is a matter
of knowing what to do–and what not to do. You will need Water and shelter. Step 1. As soon as you realize you are lost, stay
where you are. It’s much more difficult for rescuers to
find you if you’re on the move. Step 2. If you’re with others, remain together. Step 3. Follow the acronym STOP: SIT down to collect
your thoughts; THINK before you do anything or walk anywhere; OBSERVE what’s around
you, and listen carefully for noises that indicate people or roads nearby; PREPARE for
a long wait by gathering whatever items will keep you safe and comfortable, like wood and
kindling if you have a way to start a fire. If you can start a campfire, start three of
them in a straight line or triangle. The universal distress signals are three gunshots,
three blasts of a whistle, three fires, or three flashes of a mirror or reflective object. Step 4. If you have water with you, drink it whenever
you feel thirsty. You may be tempted to make it last as long
as possible, but it will do you more good in your body now. Step 5. Find a clean water source in case your ordeal
extends more than a day. If you’re at a high altitude, the running
water in a stream is usually okay to drink–but snow is not, unless you melt it first, because
it will make you too cold. Look for places that rainwater gathers, like
in rock crevices. Pay attention to birds; they like to circle
water. Breathing through your nose will help you
stay hydrated longer. Step 6. Don’t eat any wild plants, berries, mushrooms,
and so on. You’re better off hungry than poisoned. Step 7. Look around for shelter, but don’t wander
too far searching for the perfect spot. Get out of the sun—sitting under a tree
or rock overhang will do just fine—but don’t hide from people looking for you! Step 8. Use the time that you’re waiting for rescuers
to gather braches or pine needles to sleep on when the temperature drops; you’ll stay
warmer than if you were on the cold ground. And gather whatever is around — leaves,
more branches — to place on top of you to further insulate you from the cold. Curl up in the fetal position to conserve
heat. If you’re with a group, huddle together. Step 9. Conserve your energy. Don’t put so much energy into building a
shelter or making an SOS sign out of rocks that you dehydrate yourself more quickly. Step 10. Make noise. It will help rescuers zero in on you _and_
scare away animals. Did you know In 1998, a lost fourteen-year-old
snowboarder survived for six days in the San Gabriel Mountains before being found by rescuers.

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