Emergencies can happen when you least expect them, and it is important to be prepared for them. Whether it's a natural disaster, a medical emergency or a dangerous situation, having the right tools in your survival bag can make the difference between life and death.
A survival whistle is a cheap but very useful gear that many preppers often overlook. This article will talk about why you need to secure a survival whistle in your bug-out bag (BOB). (h/t to ReadyYourFuture.com)
Whistles have been used in the past for various purposes. The ancient Greeks used whistles during the Olympic games to signal the start and end of different events.
In the Middle Ages, shepherds used whistles to communicate with their dogs. Whistles were also used on ships as a means of communication between crew members.
In more recent times, whistles have been used during emergencies.
During World War I, soldiers used whistles to signal for help when they were trapped in trenches or injured on the battlefield.
During World War II, air raid wardens used whistles to alert people to take cover during bombing raids.
Today, survival whistles are used by campers, hikers and preppers to call for help in emergency situations.
When SHTF, you will be glad to have a whistle in your bag. A whistle can help you attract attention when you're in desperate need for help.
If you are lost or injured in a forest or trapped under rubble after an earthquake, blowing a whistle instead of shouting can help rescuers find you more quickly. What's more, it takes less energy to blow a whistle than to keep shouting for help over and over again.
Something as small and unassuming as a whistle can also potentially save lives. When SHTF and you need medical assistance, blowing a whistle loudly can quickly alert a person nearby and prompt them to take immediate action.
There are different types of whistles that you can use during emergencies:
Pealess whistles are popular because they do not have a pea inside that can get stuck or clogged with dirt or debris.
If you are unable to blow a whistle due to health issues, you can get an electronic whistle. This kind of whistle produces a loud, high-pitched sound without the need for blowing.
A traditional whistle with a pea produces a distinct sound that can be heard from far away.
When choosing which type to purchase, consider the environment in which you will be using the whistle.
Here are some ways to use a whistle that many recognize as emergency signals:
When SHTF and you need rescuing, blow the whistle loudly then pause to catch your breath and listen for a response. This will help you conserve energy and allow you to listen for any communication from rescuers if they are near your location.
Take the time to incorporate a survival whistle into your preps. This could help save your life or someone else's during an emergency.
While preparing your BOB, decide what type of whistle would be better for you and your loved ones to carry. Purchase several whistles and store them in strategic areas, like in your vehicle, key rings, BOB, purses and everyday carry (EDC) kits.
Practice using your whistle so you can gauge how much to blow into it to get the loudness you are looking for. (Related: Survival essentials: 11 Ways to communicate after SHTF.)
Here are some factors to consider when choosing a whistle:
The volume of the whistle is very important since you need it to be loud enough to attract attention but not so loud that it hurts your ears when you blow into it.
The durability of the whistle is also important because it must be able to withstand rough handling and exposure to the elements.
You should also consider personal preferences when choosing a whistle. Some people prefer pealess whistles because they are easier to clean and maintain, while you may want to use traditional whistles with peas because they produce a distinct sound.
Carrying a whistle is a simple but effective way to increase your chance of survival when dealing with an emergency situation.
Whether you are hiking in the wilderness or living in an area prone to natural disasters, having a whistle with you can help rescuers locate you faster and potentially save your life.
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