In case your thinking that survival is becoming less of a necessity these days you are totally mistaken.
It's difficult to ascertain how many people get lost every year. In most places, the local sheriff's office coordinates rescue efforts. The National Sheriffs' Association does not keep track, but several of those who search for lost hikers say the number is increasing.
For example, the Oregon-based Mountain Rescue Association, which has member teams in about 20 states, has seen a rise in the number of hikers in need of rescue, says MRA president Fran Sharp. The group's 90 search-and-rescue teams complete about 3,000 missions each year.
It is estamated that each year over 2,000 people get lost on hikes in the wilderness. It's critical to survival for search and rescue teams to find hikers within a few hours.
More and more people are going into the wildnerness on vacations each year totally or at least partially unprepared. We still need to get our message out more then ever. This is what we do.