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S.O.S
"Safety Outdoor Signaling"

There are some situations that could occur in the Outdoors that may require you to signal for medical assistance or rescue by using Morse Code. Everyone who ventures into the Outdoors should be at the least familiar with S.O.S. (•••- - - •••). This can be constructed as a ground to air signal with rocks (•) and logs ( - ), by stamping out the symbols in the snow, by using backpacks (•) and sleeping bags ( - ) , by using brightly colored extra clothing you have or SPACE® Brand EMERGENCY BLANKETS or ALL WEATHER BLANKETS folded to shape, or by covering up parts with dirt, brush or snow to simulate the (••• - - - •••). The most direct method if you can visually see an airplane or vehicle in the distance would be to carefully flash the message out on a signal mirror or flashlight (3 short flashes •••, 3 long flashes - - -and 3 short flashes •••). Be sure to pause between signal flashes to allow for recognition and understanding. S.O.S. is internationally recognized by all pilots, park rangers, and rescue personnel. This vital signal should be deeply ingrained in the memory of all Outdoors enthusiasts. Someday you may have to use it for your own survival needs, or so that you can quickly recognize the distress signal of someone who may need your immediate assistance. As with all Outdoor Safety Skills remember the "7 P's", Proper Preparation, Planning and Practice Prevents Potential Problems.

MORSE CODE
something you may someday need

A: • -

B: - •••

C: - • - •

D: - ••

E: •

F: •• - •

G: - - •

H: ••••

I: ••

J: • - - -

K: - • -

L: • - ••

M: - -

N: - •

O: - - -

P: • - - •

Q:- - • -

R: • - •

S: •••

T: -

U: •• -

V: ••• -

W: • - -

X: - •• -

Y: - • - -

Z: - - ••

1: • - - - -

2: •• - - -

3: ••• - -

4: •••• -

5: •••••

6: - ••••

7: - - •••

8: - - - ••

9: - - - - •

0: - - - - -

 

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