Signaling For Help – International Distress Signals/Markers
How To Signal For Help Using Various Methods
In a situation where you need to be rescued, you might only get one good chance to alert people of your presence. Use these tactics to get a rescuers attention.
Lighting a signal fire is likely the most obvious way to get an overhead chopper or planes attention. By adding green material such as pine bows and living leaves to your fire you can increase the visibility of your smoke cloud.
If you are fortunate enough to have flares, be sure to save them for that perfect moment when you can actually see a plane or helacopter. You don’t want to waste them when there is a chance a rescuer might not see them.
Using the Sun
You can attract a pilots attention from a long distance by sending the suns rays toward them. Even fairly dull objects will do a decent job of reflecting. Flash the light back and forth over their windshield. A cellphone screen, a watch, or even a key will work for a heliograph.
Using Ground Markers
There are international signs you can leave out in the open to alert rescuers to your potential problems and needs. These should be identified easily by any rescue teams or pilots. But don’t forget the standard S.O.S is also very effective. That will be easily identified by even the casual observer who wouldn’t understand most of the symbols and markers below.
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