One of the most important items to have in your emergency survival kit is that which may help get you rescued.
While it is crucial to include items for survival such as a fire-starter, a portable water filter, cordage, knife, emergency blanket (‘space blanket’), tarp (shelter), container (water, boiling, etc.), compass & area-map, emergency food, headlamp, etc., etc., the fact is that you might be in a situation that you cannot get out of yourself – and you may need to be rescued.
The problem is, how will the first-responders find you??
Here’s a simple but important little prep to add into your emergency kit:
A WHISTLE! (a loud one!)
The Best Loud Whistle
(subjective of course, but this one’s perfect for an emergency kit)
A whistle like this one, ACME Thunderer Official Referee Whistle, is very loud and will give you a significant advantage for being found during a rescue operation.
Here’s what it sounds like:
ACME ‘Thunderer’ Whistle
How loud is the whistle?
One reviewer said, “I used this whistle while serving as drum major for a college marching band. In a loud stadium with over 90,000 fans, this whistle can still be easily heard across the field or throughout the stands…”
If you’re lost in the woods (or any other scenario), this whistle will get noticed.
Where is the ACME Whistle made?
They are made in Birmingham, UK.
Tip: In addition to each of your emergency kits (e.g. 72 hour kit), a whistle on your keychain would also be a good idea.
Tip: Especially for the ladies, having a loud whistle while running, jogging, or walking will likely break off a ‘typical’ attack scenario.
Tip: This whistle (and others) can be so loud that it can hurt your ears! Just saying…
Tip: Good to have on a boat for ‘just in case’.
Okay, that’s it. A public service announcement 😉
Got your whistle?