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as a precaution against contamination, spoiling, and
(3) Assign tasks to all men except those severely ex-
hausted or seriously wounded.
(4) Arrange living and sleeping accommodations.
(5) Divide all equipment, whether general or per-
sonal, to obtain an equal share of comfort.
(6) Ration water and food.
(7) Arrange suitable diet for each person per day-
depending on the provisions aboard.
(8) Schedule the number of meals and time for each.
(9) Examine all equipment aboard for serviceability;
(10) Set a definite course and maintain it.
(11) Take charge of first-aid equipment and super-
vise administration of first aid.
(12) Maintain morale and faith; schedule and con-
duct or supervise regular periods of worship if circum-
47. CARE OF EQUIPMENT. a. Boat's equipment Lash
down everything aboard. Nothing should be discarded
unless sure it will be of no further use. Try to keep all
equipment as dry as conditions permit. Every effort
should be made to dry the boat and keep her so.
b. Clothing. As soon as possible, squeeze out all your
wet clothing but do not take off all your clothes unless
the weather is warm and dry, with a moderate wind.
Undress and dry clothes layer by layer.
48. WATER. a. General. Water is the most important
item for survival. Man can exist only about 7 days
without water. Loss of body moisture is hastened by
heat and exercise. Do not drink salt water as it will
cause diarrhea, weakness, and unbearable thirst. De-
lirious men may have to be forcibly restrained from
drinking salt water. Never drink urine; never forget
this. If water is not available do not eat. Elimination
of food wastes absorbs water from the kidneys and de-
creases water in the body.
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