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October 06, 2022
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Plan Ahead for Safe Winter Travel
JCSO Public Relations Officer
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Plan Ahead for Safe Winter Travel

WHITE CITY – With hunting season underway and mountain snow in the forecast, Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are gearing up for winter rescues.  SAR managers urge citizens to spend time planning their trips into the outdoors.   The following tips can help prevent tragedy:

  • Take enough food, water, and supplies to be on your own for at least 24 hours. 
  • Keep your vehicle stocked with winter survival gear, just in case. Necessities include tire chains, flashlight, blankets, dry clothing, water, food, medications, waterproof boots and gloves, and a small shovel.
  • Start your trip with a full tank of gas.
  • Tell someone where you're going and stick to your planned route.
  • Pay attention to weather updates. A good local resource is the National Weather Service:
  • Consider purchasing a personal locator beacon.  They are relatively inexpensive and can help us find you sooner.
  • Avoid backcountry roads. They are not maintained and the chance of someone finding you if you are stranded is much lower. Stick to well-traveled roads and highways.
  • Don't rely on your cell phone! Most of the problem areas have poor or no service. If you can’t make a call, try sending a text – they take less bandwidth and can sometimes get through.  
  • If you know someone who is missing, call us as soon as possible.  You don’t have to wait a certain amount of time before calling.
  • If you can avoid traveling in inclement weather, just stay home!

Always keep prevention in mind; rescue crews shouldn't be part of your safety plan. We will always help in an emergency, but it can take hours for us to respond depending on location, conditions, and call volume. And remember that our amazing search and rescue teams are made up of volunteers. Every mission takes them away from their families and puts them into dangerous situations.

Thanks for your help.  Be safe out there!

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