SAR Survival

This week I learned about how to survive in life or death situations. The first part that I learned about was how to Improvise. I learned about S.T.O.P. The S stands for Stop for a moment, don’t panic. The T stands for Think trough any possible dangers and your actions. The O stands for Observe hazards, look to mitigate them. And the P stands for Plan your response based on your needs and priorities. Then you need to find out your objectives and keep them short, accomplish-able and easy to understand.

Next I learned about Shelter. The first kind of shelter that I learned about was immediate shelter that can be like plastic garbage bags. Then I learned about a temporary shelter That can take 30 minutes to an hour. The last one that I learned about was a long-term shelter that is usually not necessary. Location is vital. Where you put your shelter means a lot.

The last thing I learned about was fire. Fire can be a shelter, used to cook, get warm, signal, clean water, and to see in the dark. You need to build your fire circle in a dry place and dry rocks surrounding the fire. Try not to build a fire on snow and if you have to use a glove to clear away some of the snow. Matches are the easiest way to start a fire and don’t require a lot of energy. Another way to start a fire is to use flint and steel.

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