There are four crash survivors found during the story mode. The first, Gwen, is found at the ruined airliner itself. The other three are found on the map after Astrid has brought Gwen to the community center.
Logan is found near the Heartbreak Bridge, Wade is found near Pleasant Valley Farmstead, close to the bridge on the end of the property furthest from the main road. Ava is found near Lonely Homestead.
When Astrid Greenwood finds these survivors, she needs to carry them back to the Community hall and place them on an empty bed. Once they are there, she cannot interact with them further.
When Astrid is carrying a survivor, she will be unable to run or interact with anything on the map aside from opening doors. She will have to put the survivor down before she can do anything else. She is capable of opening one of the bunkers during Joplin's Bunker Raid while holding a survivor.
Survivors have their own Warmth and Thirst bar that steadily depletes, as well as a Condition bar. Astrid may treat these survivors by interacting with them and choosing the "Diagnose" option. Survivors may only drink Potable Water, and like Astrid or Will Mackenzie, will drink until their thirst is quenched or the water runs out. Warmth is addressed by bringing them indoors or placing them by a fire. It is not possible to give any clothing to a survivor. A Survivor's Condition bar will steadily recover just as a player's will.
Survivors may be attacked by Timberwolf. A wolf will approach the survivor, stop, and then bite them on the ground. This will cause them to lose 25% Condition, and Astrid will need to treat their bleeding with a Bandage. A Bear will ignore a crash survivor, and if Astrid is attacked by one while holding a survivor, the survivor will simply fall to the ground and not be injured.
- Survivors will be found near a campfire that will burn eternally, keeping them warm and keeping any wolves at bay. This can be a great place to create water in treat the survivors and warming Astrid up before bringing them to the Community Hall.
- Logan, Ava, and Wade are marked on the map in a large radius. If the player is having trouble finding them, Astrid may shoot a flare while in the radius. The survivor will respond by shooting a flare.
- One can place them on beds and bedrolls providing the warmth bonus accompanying the bed/bedroll.