Know how to STOP when you are lost or separated from your group. Review this acronym with your group before going out on a campout or hike with your group. Being prepared can assist searchers who are looking for a missing person or group.
- Stay put – It is easier for rescuers to find a stationary person than one who is moving. Find a place which is not hazardous and stay there. Have some water and a snack if possible. Rest.
- Think – Consider what resources you have should the situation extend into overnight. Develop confidence by considering your situation and being prepared.
- Observe – Take note of your surroundings. Is there shelter from the cold or storms? Is it getting dark? Are there hazards in the area?
- Plan – Determine what you can to do to conserve energy and be as comfortable as possible. Don’t panic. Rely on your knowledge and observations.
The info-graphic below can help teach this lesson.