How To Signal For Survival | episode 168

How To Signal For Survival | episode 168




This week Mike joins me to talk about how to signal for survival. 






  • Threes
  • SOS
  • Fire
  • Smoke At Day
  • Huge Fire At night
  • Audible
  • Guns
  • Whistle
  • Radio/ phone
  • Visible Signals
  • Mirror
  • Flashlight
  • Orange Cloth
  • Lasers
  • Debris

SOS signal

SOS (Save Our Souls) is the best known international distress signal. Everyone should be familiar with SOS. The SOS signal can be transmitted by any method, visual or audio. The code for SOS is 3 short, 3 long and 3 short signals. Pause. Repeat the signal.

The following will be recognized by rescue teams.

SOS: Need help
K : Tell me which direction to go
I : Serious injuries, need a doctor
II : Need medical supplies
X : Unable to proceed
F : Need food and water
<— : Traveling in this direction (in the direction the arrow is pointed)
L : need fuel
LL : all is well
N : no
Y : yes
?? : not understood

Once your message has been seen and understood a pilot will rock the plane’s wings from side to side or flash a green light.

If a pilot makes a right-hand circle or flashes a red light your message has been seen but not understood. The most important thing is that it has been seen.


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One thought to “How To Signal For Survival | episode 168”

  1. It is very important to know these signals in case of an emergency. This information isn’t something that is taught in a traditional curriculum nor is it common knowledge. However, knowing these signals could be a matter of life or death if we found ourselves in a situation where we could only send signals to rescuers.

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