If you have every truly gotten lost in the woods you know how traumatic the experience can be. Disorientation, panic, and possible danger quickly flood your mind. This actually happened to me not too long ago. I had gone for a walk along an old logging road in the Uwharrie National Forest. I was looking for the remnants of an 18th century homestead when I got turned around. A walk that was only supposed to take about twenty minutes tops quickly turned into four miles and nearly six hours before I found a paved road again.
Thank goodness for my iPhone 3G and the Apps I had downloaded. Unfortunately I panicked and forgot that I had GPS on my phone and walked an hour before it hit me that I could have just used my iPhone to get back on track. After the whole ordeal, I went home and found a number of great iPhone Apps that could help me survive if I ever get lost in the woods again.
Call or Text for HELP
First things first, if you find yourself lost in the woods stop where you are and pull out your iPhone. The first thing you should do is call or text someone to let them know that you are lost and where you were heading. If you don’t know the local Wildlife Office’s phone number call 911. Your iPhone location can be traced by emergency officials. This is your best bet for getting help.
iSOS- GPS Emergency Locator
If you want to be on the safe side and guarantee that you can be found, download the iSOS- GPS Emergency Locator App for your iPhone. This app allows you to send an email with your contact information and GPS location using Google Maps to a preselected group of family, friends, and emergency stations. As always, call someone for help first and then activate the iSOS iPhone App.
iSurvive Wilderness Support
Before you head out to the woods make sure you have the iSurvive Wilderness Support App for your iPhone. If you ever get lost in the woods this App could help save your life. This tiny file comes packed with all the basics of wilderness survival. It gives First Aid information, how to seek or build shelter, how to build a fire, find food, navigate, and so much more. It’s like having a Boy Scout book in your back pocket. It’s very easy to use and has pictures embedded to help you understand what to do.
PEPID is the iPhone App that you need for any emergency situation, especially if you get lost in the woods and are wounded. This survival App is like having a doctor on your speed dail. It doesn’t need an internet connection to help diagnose and comes packed with photos to help you self treat for the correct illness or wound. It also gives information on plants that are poisonous or edible. This app can mean life or death if you find yourself injured in the woods.
My Nature Animal Tracks
Whether you are out for a walk or hike in the woods or lost, you need to know what wildlife is nearby. Running up on a potentially dangerous animal can become life threatening in a matter of seconds. My Nature Animal Tracks App for the iPhone helps you identify animal tracks. Through pictures and detailed descriptions of the animals you can easily identify animal tracks and make a decision if you need to get out of dodge.
The Weather Channel App
The Weather Channel App is a great App to have regardless of where you are, but can be especially useful if you are lost in the woods. Knowing if a storm or cold front is coming in will help you prepare in advance for potential weather related issues while out in the woods. Knowing if bad weather is on the way while you are lost allows you to seek shelter beforehand.
Close Call App
This iPhone App turns your iPhone’s wall paper into a lifesaver. It allows you to write a personal message with your emergency contact information and displays it as a banner across the opening screen on your iPhone. If you are hurt and someone finds you, your iPhone becomes your emergency bracelet. Everyone checks a cell phone for information when they find someone. The Close Call App makes it easy for emergency workers to identify you and contact your loved ones.
The iPhone and iPhone Apps for Survival
In this day in age it is only natural that the device we keep attached to our hip also serve as a survival device as well. Having your iPhone and its Apps with you when you venture into the woods can essentially save your life.