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"Teaching Young Tasmanians What to Do If They Get Lost in the Bush"
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"Lost? … Stay Put!"

A Community Education Program for Primary Schools

"Lost? ... Stay Put!" is a program designed specifically for children aged 6 - 12 to give them some basic survival skills if they are lost in the Tasmanian bush.

Search and rescue volunteers are available to speak to primary schools, clubs, community groups or any group of 10 or more children.

The "Lost? … Stay Put!" Program is based on the highly successful HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE program in the U.S. and Canada.

Children will learn:

  • How to avoid getting lost in the bush
  • What to do if they are lost
  • Why it is important not to wander around
  • How to remain calm until found
  • Which items could be carried with them to help them survive and ultimately be rescued
  • Why they should not to be ashamed of being lost and not fear parents' anger or punishment
  • That many searchers will be looking for them
  • How to help searchers find them
  • Why they should not to be afraid of wild animals and strange noises
  • How to greet a Search & Rescue dog.

Basic information is also provided for parents and other adults, including:

  • Which agencies are responsible for search and rescue in Tasmania
  • When and how to contact search and rescue authorities
  • What information authorities will need in order to identify the missing person and speed up the search
  • How and where to make themselves available to Police and SES personnel.

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The program takes from forty-five minutes to one hour and (with permission) the presenter will be accompanied by their search and rescue dog.

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For more information on the "Lost? … Stay Put!" Program, or to arrange a visit to your school or group, please contact the Liason Officer ... see Contact Us page for contact details.

 

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