Two Necessities for Every Adventure
Whether you are exploring the vastness of Alaska or your local backyard, you want to be prepared. There are a couple of very easy, important and lifesaving tips.
ALWAYS LEAVE A TRIP PLAN
Over the years, we’ve done extensive work with our local Search and Rescue (SAR) and this is their number one and most important recommendation. This tip needs to be put into practice no matter where you are headed or how many people you are with.
So, what is a trip plan?
Let someone reliable know
a.) where you’re going, and b.) when you plan to return.
Additional details like what car you’re driving, what you’re wearing, additional supplies you’re carrying, etc., all help the SAR team know where you might be and what clues to search for in a rescue. Leave a note on your car dashboard indicating when you plan to return and an emergency contact (your trip plan holder) so if your car is there longer than planned, others can alert your emergency contact, review your trip plan, and begin a search.
ALWAYS CARRY A WHISTLE
I likely won’t get lost along my way but my optimism often leads me to assume I can do more than my body is capable of. So, I always have a whistle in my emergency gear.
Yelling requires a substantial amount of energy and can accelerate dehydration. A whistle requires far less energy and can be heard over a greater distance; therefore, it is a more effective tool.
HOW TO SIGNAL FOR HELP:
- Give 3 succinct blasts spaced about 2 seconds apart.
- Wait one minute.
- Give another 3 blasts, continuing until help arrives.
SAR professionals are trained to listen for this cadence. It differentiates a rescue whistle from one being used to ward off predators or use in a non-emergency situation.
As you gear up for your next adventure, be sure to implement these two simple tips. Not only do they benefit you if in need of a rescue, but also it also benefits those responding making it a quick and safe recovery for all.
Be safe out there!