Sometimes Calvin and Hobbes say it best.
“Responsibility is the price of freedom.”
How often we forget.
“It’s my right! I want it! Give it to me!”
Not remembering that,
along with that same great freedom,
The second book in my new Search and Rescue mystery series featuring Gracie Kinkaid is set to release in October of 2014.
As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call-out for a vehicle “over the side” of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events which leads her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as the Youth Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder…and finds herself going head- to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.”
I’m re-posting this blog because it’s such an important topic, especially when much of the country is experiencing record cold temperatures.
Whether you’re lost in the wild or stranded in your car in a blizzard, remembering the “Rule of 3′s” could possibly save your life.
As I stated in my blog about the Rule of P’s, the 1st and more important rule to survival is keeping a positive mental attitude.
Here’s the Rule of 3′s:
A person can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.
In other words, if you find yourself in a survival situation, prioritize. Finding shelter and/or staying warm and dry should be your top priority. Finding something to eat should be the last thing on your mind. If you’re already in your car, stay there! If you’re in the woods, find some kind of shelter whether it be in the bowl beneath the spreading branches of a tree or even a coverlet of fallen leaves or pine needles.
You can learn even more about surviving in the wild in my novel, ”Zero-Degree Murder.”
“So That Others May Live.”
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What better time to talk about winter survival than when vast portions of the country are experiencing record low temperatures. Yesterday morning’s news reported ten below zero (fahrenheit) in Indianapolis, fifteen below in Chicago. It was twenty below in Minneapolis this morning.
The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (attributed to Ben Franklin), is so true when it comes to survival. What you do BEFORE you leave home can literally save your life.
Whether you’re going for a hike or short walk, or whether you’re driving over the river and through the woods on the way to Grandma’s house, remember these few easy, very basic tips.
1. “File a flight plan.” This means let someone know where you’re going and when they should expect you back or at your destination. Then, allowing yourself a few hours buffer for mishaps and the unexpected, determine a time when they should call out the troops, i.e., report you missing. This step alone has saved countless lives. You want Search and Rescue to come out looking for you sooner rather than way later.
2. Never go out into the cold unless you’re well-dressed and well-equipped. (No, I’m not talking about Dior or Dolce and Gabbana.) I’m talking about dressing in layers to take off if you begin to get too hot (sweating isn’t a good thing when you’re out in the cold) and to pile on if you get too cold. Wool is a great insulator and very warm, but never wear it or other natural fabrics directly next to your skin. Natural fibers absorb and hold water and can speed up the onset of hypothermia. (Wearing only blue jeans when you’re out in the cold is a no no. There’s a reason they’re called hypothermia pants!) Wear synthetics like nylon or acrylic as an underlayer against your skin, including socks!
Wear gloves (or better still, mittens) and a hat. Opinions vary on the percentage of heat loss, but you can lose as much as 40 or even 50 percent of your body heat through that big head of yours.
And don’t forget a water/wind-proof layer in case the weather turns foul.
Bring water with you. And although food is at the bottom of the list of essentials when you’re in a survival situation, snacking on peanut butter crackers or peanuts or candy can make a world of difference to your state of mind. And a positive mental attitude is THE NUMBER ONE most important thing to have if you find yourself in a survival situation.
Bring a flashlight with extra batteries. If you’re driving stow extra blankets or a sleeping bag or two in your car.
3. Don’t rely solely on your GPS or car’s navigation system to get you where you want to go. They’re not infallible and might even lead you into danger if you’re not careful. In other words, bring a map along and know how to read it.
4. Also never rely solely on your cell phone. Never think, “I’ve got my cell phone. I don’t need anything else.” Cell phones die. Believe it or not, there are still places with no reception (such as in deep canyons or in the mountains). Plus, if you get lost and can reach someone on your phone, you still need to be able to tell them where you are. (Duh!)
So go out and have some fun! But stay safe and stay warm!