Learn to Communicate
Survival is your priority, but you also need to be rescued. One of the skills required in any survival situation to be rescued is to communicate. Communication is the key, and proper signaling plays an important role. Signaling is drawing attention. The rescuer must be able to recognize your signals and so you need to know effective communication skills.
Considering some wilderness places might not have cell coverage, you can use the following ways to communicate.
- Construct unnatural objects that do not sync with the surrounding area and are easily noticeable. Use colors, materials, and shapes that can draw the rescuer’s attention.
- A mirror can be used to reflect during the day. Aluminum foil, watches, silver parts on credit cards or anything shiny can also be used.
- At night flares, torch and flashlights work best.
- You can build a signal fire at a certain height in an open space and keep it ready to be lit instantly as you notice any plane or a helicopter.
- A wave is considered as a signal to not land. Instead, form your arms in a “Y” shape indicating that you need help.
- Wave your arms or a t-shirt attached to a branch of a tree vigorously; your movement will be noticeable.
- Radio is surest and fastest way of communication. Learn how to operate and be familiar with the radios in your unit.
- Whistles are another sure communicating tool that can be heard from far away. Always try to carry a whistle with you or learn how to whistle.
- If you’re moving, it is better to leave some things behind as a signal at prominent clearings.
By maintaining a positive attitude and with the help of the above survival techniques you can not only successfully survive any wilderness situation but also you can get yourself out safely. For any situation Prepare, Adapt and overcome is the key to succeeding.