While most of today’s Survival T.V. shows feature the host trekking through all sorts of wild terrain in search of rescue, it’s probably the last thing you want to do during a real-world survival situation.
95% of all survival rescues take place in the first 72 hours of any survival situation; most of those rescues take place when the person stayed in one spot. If you’re Lost, staying put and staying calm will maximize your chances of survival. The best thing you can do is realize that rescue is probably on the way, and then find a way to make yourself as visible as possible to the search and rescue teams.
Stay Calm, Stay Put, and make yourself visible to rescuers.
- Build a fire and top it with green fresh vegetation to create smoke.
- If you have bright colored reflective objects or clothing, use it to build a signal device. Mirrors, metal or anything that can reflect the sunlight can be used to attract attention.
- Make noise. If you have a rescue whistle or anything that makes loud noises use it.
- Your main objective is to make yourself, and the area around you stand out from the rest of the environment.
Staying put will help you save energy and will also reduce the risk of dehydration. The more energy you exert, the more you put yourself at risk for succumbing to the elements.
If you feel you have no other options, leave only when you are absolutely sure that there’s no chance of rescue.