Wilderness Survival Tips

A senior security consultant for Verizon Communications, Emblez Longoria is an outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hiking, and backcountry camping in his spare time. Throughout his adventures, Emblez Longoria has gained a wealth of knowledge in wilderness survival skills.

Outdoorsmen must adapt to their surroundings and possess comprehensive knowledge of survival skills in order to tackle new environments. The following are survival tips to consider when faced with tough conditions and emergency situations.

1. Even with the best preparation, hikers are still susceptible to injuries when exploring the wilderness. Whether suffering a sprained ankle or broken bone, hikers should remain calm by breathing deeply, collect their thoughts, and determine the severity of the issue. If leaving the location is impossible, they should focus on setting up shelter and then plan an escape by building a signal fire. Most importantly, injured hikers must stay focused on accomplishing one task at a time to ensure they do not become overwhelmed with anxiety. This gives them a better chance of surviving.

2. Learning how to identify edible plants can be lifesaving when food is not available. Clovers, for instance, are much like spinach. The three-leaf green can be consumed raw or steamed for nutrients. Likewise, pine tree leaves offer a source of vitamin C, while its pollen is rich in protein. Other consumable wilderness plants include daisies, yucca, and cattail.

3. If lost, hikers can use the moon to place them back in the right direction. A first-quarter moon shines brightly on the side facing west. Conversely, a last-quarter moon illuminates on the east. This method works particularly well when stars are not visible.

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Emblez Longoria

A Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP), Emblez Longoria claims more than two decades of experience in the security field. In 1988, Mr. Longoria enlisted with the New Jersey State Police, working his way up to Senior Trooper before retiring in 2003. In this role, Mr. Longoria served as an advanced crash investigator, a crime- and loss-prevention officer, and undercover agent, in addition to handling complex cases. He also was named a Squad Leader, supervising eight other officers. From 2002 to 2008, Emblez Longoria acted as a Certification Board Member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Crime and Loss Prevention Council of ASIS International. While with the council, Mr. Longoria established a number of committees tasked with outlining security guidelines and best practices, among other contributions. In 2004, Mr. Longoria joined Verizon Communications Inc. as a Senior Security Consultant. He now assists with the protection of corporate assets and participates in a number of special security projects. Emblez Longoria graduated summa cum laude from Rosemont College with a Bachelor's degree in Management in 2003 and expects to receive his Master’s degree in Management in December 2011. An outdoorsman, Emblez Longoria enjoys backpacking, hiking, hunting, and fishing in his leisure time. He also frequently tests and reviews outdoor equipment. Mr. Longoria resides in Pennsylvania. Mr. Longoria has supported a number of nonprofit organizations, including The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., and The Hunger Project.

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