Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Education: not just for school

You may have recently read the article or saw it on the news about the three adults that were lost in Oregon while out mushroom hunting. In case you did not hear about it, it was a father, mother and their 25 y/o son. Thankfully they were found alive suffering from only minor injuries one of which was hypothermia.
They left to go out mushroom hunting and got lost. In reading this story I put myself in their situation, and what would I do. First off, I would not have went out without any kind of survival equipment like they did. NO, matter when I go out or where I go out, I always have a basic kit with me, which consists of a lighter, a back-up fire making device, a knife, cordage, an unopened bag of trail mix and a small signal mirror. All of which can be carried in a small backpack. I have several kits that I take with me depending on the time of the year it is.
The story did not tell whether the people were smokers or not, I would have to assume they weren't because there was no mention of a fire but, did mention that the mother was suffering from hypothermia.

If you get lost while out the first thing that you should do is remain calm. Sit and collect your thoughts if you have to. Implement a plan to stay alive until you can either walk out or be rescued. Your best survival tool you have is your mind. If you can not keep calm, in most cases you will not make it out alive. There are all sorts of things that could have been done to ensure their own safety. For the majority for my readers reading the "what to do's" is old hat. I wont get into what they should have done.

 We need to do our part to educate others so that if it happens to them they can stay alive if they are in a situation like this.  As survival and prepper experts need to do our part in teaching others.

As always feel free to comment Have a great day!!

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