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How to Send an Emergency Signal using a Reflective Surface

Learn how to send an emergency signal using a reflective surface from NYC Outward Bound's Marko Yurachek in this survival skills video from Howcast.


If you have to signal someone and the aircraft or someone that's distant on the horizon, one of the ways that you can use the sun to signal is by having a reflective surface.

Right here, I have a mirror. You can also use something like a CD or DVD. That will give you enough shine to make a reflection.

The way that I use my mirror is to shine onto my hand--I don't know if you can see that shining on my hand--that light is what's going to reflect wherever I aim. If I use my thumb and my forefinger or make a sight right here between my two fingers, I can take that sight and move it to wherever I want to shine. I can make that shine in the direction that I want to signal.

If you were signaling an aircraft, you'd want to put the aircraft right here in your V and put the light on both sides of your fingers so you'd get that shine, and you'd be able to signal.

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