If you’re past Prep 101, you know that the more skills you master and knowledge you acquire, the higher your chances to survive a critical situation.
Yes, staying lucid and focused on the solutions you have will help a lot, but they are not enough if you can’t ask for help. And what’s the simplest mean of distance communication?
Morse Code. Learn the basic rules and a few tricks, and when the shit hits the fan, you’ll be a step ahead of everyone.
Learning this simple code has numerous benefits, the most important being that it doesn’t require a global infrastructure, like the connections we mostly use nowadays (The Internet and mobile phones). That means you’ll be able to send your S.O.S signals no matter how harshly has the catastrophe affected the telecommunication frequencies in your area.
Because in 90% of the SHTF situations, you won’t be able to rely on calls or SMS to ask for help, you’ll need to resort to old-fashioned ways if you want to increase your survival chances. The good news is that it allows you to connect with others in various ways – by signal mirrors, flashlight beams and even radio/DIY devices that tune in the lower ham bands in the high-frequency spectrum.
Another upside of using this coded language is that it can be easily received as well. Matter of fact, it’s faster than texting, so it would be a wise decision to use it even if you have access to what has become the traditional way of reaching each other.
But survival situations can occur anytime, and it doesn’t need to involve natural calamities.
Just picture this – as you’re driving, you lose control of the steering wheel, and your car runs off the road, in a valley. You’re trapped in the car and can’t find your phone, which has fallen from your pocket. Screaming for help is not an option, either, because there’s no people around and the cars passing on the road you have just driven off from are too far. The vehicle has not suffered significant damage, but you definitely need medical assistance as the chest pain you’re feeling increases in intensity.
It’s not a life-threatening situation, but it will turn out to be if nobody finds you down there. In such case, having a working knowledge of Morse Code can make a difference: use your flashlight to send an S.O.S signal to the passing cars. Three short flashes (which mean S), three long flashes (that will stand for O), and another three short flashes can help you get assistance.
Suffering from a stroke and being unable to move most parts of your body is another common example that will make you want to have learned alternate ways of communication. Actually, if you’re temporarily paralyzed, you can even use blinking or moving your toes as your Morse Code “device”.
In other words, knowing Morse Code is a useful skill to master and it if you’re not convinced yet, start learning and practicing it and you will be amazed!
Do you already know this code? Has it ever helped you in any way? Share your Morse Code experience with us in the comments section below!