A man fell into the Mount St. Helen's crater and blew his emergency whistle to let rescuers know he was alive and his location. This reminded me how important it is to send our kids out the door with an emergency whistle hanging around their neck.
Another story in the news about an 8
year old boy with ADD wandering away from a campsite had a happy ending. He was
found by rescuers more than 4 miles away from camp, after 80 hours on his
We ask ourselves, "How can I prevent this from happening to my kids,
with or without learning disabilities?"
A solution would be to have every
child wear a camp whistle on a chain around their neck, tucked into their shirt,
when at an unfamiliar place, whether across town or across the state. And to
give 2 long toots on their whistle to call for help. Then after a minute repeat
the 2 loud toots, repeating the sequence until they are found.
toots let others know it is a whistle call for something, and not random playing
with a whistle.
A story from the past about 2 toots of the
whistle: When I was growing up and a train would be approaching our village,
it would blow its whistle twice to let us know to clear the track.
part of the training, have your child give 2 long toots on his whistle in
response to one long whistle toot from you. This lets others who may be looking
for your child know it is your child, indeed, calling for help.
help your child learn the technique make it a game
Go to a school
yard after hours, or another large space that has a fence surrounding so he or
she does not really get lost.
Make the game two parts -
1. The child is lost and calling for help:
goes out to the center of the playground, and you stand out of sight around the
corner of a building. Then your child toots loudly twice on his whistle. And you
walk or run into sight - rescue complete.
2. The child is lost and
rescuers are calling out with one loud toot of the whistle:
Again the child
goes out to the center of the playground and you stand out of sight around the
corner of the building. This time you first give a loud toot of your whistle,
which when your child hears it, responds with 2 loud toots of his own. Now in
the rescuer part you are playing, you run to your child in response to his 2
Let's help all our kids, through learning this 2 - toot
whistle blowing technique, have an added measure of safety away from home.
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