on the combined expertise of many victims, experts, and authorities,
the following are your priorities if you become lost in the
STAY PUT. Wait for help; don't try to find your way out.
BUILD A SHELTER to keep you protected from the elements. Stay
DRY and WARM. Choose a site where building materials are at
hand and drinking water is available.
START A FIRE and KEEP WARM. Most wilderness fatalities are caused
by HYPOTHERMIA (not starvation)! You need heat more urgently
than you need water or food.
FIND WATER. Your body needs water more than it needs food, after
only a few hours.
BUILD A SIGNAL. There are many types - do several.
FIND FOOD. Your body will need it after a few days. (Make a
point now, beforehand, of learning what's edible in the
AVOID PANIC. Stay calm. Keep yourself amused and in a positive
frame of mind.
SAVE YOUR ENERGY. Do not exhaust yourself. Exert yourself only
as much as absolutely necessary.
WAIT FOR HELP. Don't get yourself lost even further and/or send
your rescuers on a chase for a moving target.