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Winnipeg police urge children to 'Hug a Tree and Survive' if lost

Winnipeg police hope teaching children to "hug a tree" if they ever get lost outdoors will keep them safe until help arrives.

Local searchers taking part in production of updated safety video

Winnipeg searchers take part in a new instructional video being shot for the Hug a Tree and Survive program. (Angela Sterritt/CBC)

Winnipeg police hope teaching children to "hug a tree" if they ever get lost outdoors will keep them safe until help arrives.

As part of the national Hug a Tree and Survive program, police and local search and rescue volunteers are urging children to stay put so searchers will have an easier time finding them.

Emily Antonio, 14, is shown at a demonstration of the Hug a Tree and Survive program in Winnipeg on Friday. (Angela Sterritt/CBC)
Members of the Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP and Winnipeg Search and Rescue volunteer team are taking part in a new instructional video being produced this week.

The Ontario-based production team is in the city to shoot the video, which will include a simulated search for lost children inside Beaudry Provincial Park.

The updated video, which will be ready by the end of October, recommends that children wrap themselves in a blanket while they wait for help.

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