Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Survival Success

After all of the work we do to prepare our families and communities it is nice to hear a success story for the holidays.  A family of six from Nevada ran their jeep off the side of a cliff into a crevice in sub-zero temperatures of 21 below zero.  We can break their success down into 5 simple steps that everyone should take when venturing out into the elements.  

How did James Glanton and his girlfriend, Christina Mclntee keep their two children, niece and nephew alive! 

1) They told someone reliable where they were going, 

If a family member, friend or co-worker knows where you are going on your adventure it can be a huge help to authorities when narrowing down the scope of a search.  The sheriff in charge of the search for this family stated that even though they knew where the family was headed the search area was still 6,000 square miles.  

2) They Remained with the vehicle.

Staying with a vehicle when you are in trouble is better than enduring the elements on your own. Search and rescue is more likely to spot a vehicle than a person.  The vehicle is also an essential tool for survival.  

3) They were prepared for the elements

A family that survives plans for their adventure.  They packed heavy winter clothing.  It is best to plan and pack for the weather you are traveling in even if you are not planning on venturing off the beaten path.  Always leave home in proper clothing, shoes and extra clothing if necessary.  

4) They improvised to stay warm.  

The couple, who didn’t have extra blankets, started a fire outside after the jeep overturned. They heated rocks and placed them in the spare tire to keep the children warm at night.

“I have never heard of such a thing, but I think it was pretty clever of him,” search team leader Paul Burke with state Department of Public Safety, said of Glanton’s tactics. “To the extent he was ingenious about it, that is one for the books.”

5) They had food and water.

Basic supplies proved to be key, especially having water so they could stay hydrated in the dry conditions. The food didn’t last long but still it was enough to get them by until help came.

Watch this incredible story.  

Happy Holidays - Stay Safe!

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