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Mon Jan 18, 2021, 08:20 AM

70. How to Search for a Lost Person in the Wilderness

 

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How to Search for a Lost Person in the Wilderness


The first 48 hours after a person goes missing in the wild are the most important. The lost individual faces dangers from wild animals and cold temperatures. He may also become disoriented, forget where the trail is and end up deeper into the woods. Forming a search party is only one part of bringing that person home safely, however. You also need to tell the proper authorities of the disappearance.

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
Flashlights
Walkie-talkies
Maps
Fliers

STEP 1
Inform the local police department of the missing person immediately. Itís helpful to have a detailed account of when the person left and when he was expected back. If itís an adult, the police might wait 24 hours to start a search, but the search begins immediately for children. If you have proof that the person is lost, the police should start looking right away.

STEP 2
Get help from people in your neighborhood, as well as from friends and family members. The more people you have searching, the better your chances are of finding the missing person. It helps you cover more ground and spend more time searching.

STEP 3
Gather supplies to aid the search. Flashlights are necessary, as is a form of communication such as walkie-talkies. You also need maps to mark the locations where you've searched.

STEP 4
Place signs or fliers around the person's neighborhood, local hospitals and where the person disappeared. Post a clear and recent photograph of the person on the flier.

STEP 5
Visit the last known spot where the person was and check for any signs of her. If thereís a trail, look for signs where she went off the trail, such as a trampled bush or cloth caught on a tree. Remember to look near the beginning and end of the trail. Check for any water sources, such as rivers or streams, as these are likely places for people to set up camp.

STEP 6
Watch for unusual signs in the area. A candy bar wrapper in an otherwise serene clearing means someone was there. Keep your eyes peeled for any light reflecting in the wilderness, which might be the lost person signaling for help.

STEP 7
Signal for the person with flare guns around the spot where he disappeared. Set off the flares and shout his name. Building a fire also to create smoke may also reveal your location.


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