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Signaling

By on June 17, 2013

If you are ever lost and want to be found, you will need to know how to signal for help. There are a few tricks that could help search and rescue teams find you. Remember when Hurricane Sandy hit the East coast of America? People who were trapped in their homes were creating some creative signals in order to be seen. They had the right idea when they used sheets hung outside a window. The stark white of the sheet contrasted against the brick buildings and other structures. That is what signaling really comes down to. You need something that stands out among your surroundings.

Fluorescent colors are an excellent choice because they stand out in any environment. You can check out this video to get some more ideas about how you can make your presence known. Color is one of the more common signaling devices, but there are other things you can do.

Smoke is one way to get your signal seen by an air rescue team as well as those that may be on the ground. If they cannot see the fire, they will certainly be able to smell it and follow the smell to you.

Bright lights or reflections are also common. Mirrors, shiny metals and anything that will reflect sunlight will work.

Noise from a whistle is another way you can bring attention to yourself. Whistles are easily attached or carried in your survival bag.

There an international signal code for whistle blasts:

One whistle blow – Where are you?

Two whistle blows – Come to me.

Three whistle blows – I need help

There is a common code associated with signals including but not limited to whistles. Three of anything usually means distress and should elicit help as fast as possible from the appropriate personal.

Signaling methods are easy to carry and should always be in your bag. A whistle, a brightly colored bandana, a mirror and fire starting methods can be used as signal devices also.

Craig Caudill is a blogger/vlogger at Dan’s Depot, a place where you can get paracord and other camping and survival supplies. He is also the chief instructor at his Nature Reliance School.

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About Craig Caudill

Craig Caudill is a blogger/vlogger at Dan’s Depot, a place where you can get paracord and other camping and survival supplies. He is also the chief instructor at his Nature Reliance School.
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