Summer time is the time when everyone wants to be out enjoying nature, but it is also the time of year when Search and Rescue is the busiest. 80% of rescues occur between the months of May and September. Beaver County Search and Rescue wants to share some tips with you to help ensure that your outing is as fun and safe as possible.
The following 10 essential items you should always have with you when headed out on a hiking trip, be it a short one or extended one:
- Emergency Shelter
- First-aid Supplies
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Navigation (map and compass)
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- Repair kit and tools
- Leave early in the morning when it is cooler, thus avoiding the high heat of the day.
- If you get into trouble, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Rescuers usually have to hike into where you are and searching in low/no light situations is often to dangerous and ineffective to conduct, so the more daylight they have for the rescue, the better off it will be.
- Many areas where people tend to hike have limited or no cell service, therefore it is recomended to also have a GPS device that you know how to use.
- Download and complete a Hiking Plan Worksheet and then leave it with a responsible person who can present it to Search and Rescue in the event you do not return as scheduled.