What to Do If You Get Lost
Do you know what to do if you get lost in the woods? Follow these easy steps, and you’ll know exactly what to do if you ever find yourself alone in the forest.
Hug a Tree
If there’s a tree nearby, wrap your arms around it and stay still. The most important thing you can do is to STAY WHERE YOU ARE, and hugging a tree is a good way to do that. If you want, you can sit down by your tree. But no matter what, stay put.
Carry a Whistle and a Plastic Garbage Bag
The whistle is for you to blow, so people can hear you. The plastic bag is to use as a coat in case you get cold. Reach inside and tear a hole for your head, then put it on so it covers your body (it goes over your head like a big shirt). Be sure to make the hole!
Don’t Worry that Anyone Will Be Mad
It’s easy to think that your parents will be mad at you for getting lost, but don’t worry. Anyone can get lost, even grown ups. The important thing is for you to stay where you are, so the rescuers can find you. If you start to worry, hug your tree.
Make Yourself Big
If you hear helicopters, then it’s okay to leave your tree and go to an open place where you can see a lot of sky. When helicopter pilots look down from the sky, it’s hard for them to see things that are next to trees. Go to an open area (a field or the top of a flat rock) and lie down as the helicopter flies over. If you have a bright shirt on underneath your plastic bag, take your bag off for the time the helicopter is going over. It’s easier for them to see bright colors.
No Animals Can Hurt You
If you’re out at night and you hear an animal, yell at it. Or blow your whistle at it. Animals are scared of people and will run away if they hear you yell. Be sure to stay where you are and make big noises to scare animals away.
Remember that Hundreds of Friends Are Looking for You
As soon as people realize a child is missing, hundreds of volunteers gather to search. People will be looking for you. Use your whistle and yell if you hear anyone getting close, so you can attract their attention. Stay where you are and wait—the volunteers won’t give up until they find you.
Information provided by the Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program