Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson
TRAVELING AND HIKING IN THE WOODS
Each year thousands of people take to the back roads and hiking trails to enjoy the resources and each year people become lost or injured and they find they are unprepared for the situation. Here are some tips on how we can prepare for our ventures into the back roads and hiking trails.
1. Leave a written and current plan with a family member or friend that includes the following:
A. Departure and return times.
B. Emergency contact information.
C. A map of your intended route.
D. Your medical conditions should you become lost or injured.
2. Become familiar with the area you are hiking by researching maps, calling the US Forest Service, BLM or even the local Chamber of Commerce for information. You can also access information on several mapping sites on the Internet. Know the possible hazards.
3. Be prepared and plan for an emergency. Your vehicle should have the essentials to support you for several days. The same goes for hiking. Most of the people we search for in this county go into the woods or back roads unprepared for the conditions. Carrying a backpack or daypack with essential items can save your life if you get lost or injured while venturing off into the woods or back roads.
Here is a recommended list of articles to include in a pack or in your vehicle even if your hike is just for the day. Aside from the obvious, (food, clothing, & water):
First aid kit
Signaling device, whistle, signal mirror, flares, kem stick lights
Flashlight and extra batteries
Cigarette lighter or water proof matches
Rope (parachute cord)
Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) device
Small tarp (6’ x 6’) makes a nice shelter and is compact
Let your family or a friend know not to wait before calling for help. Too many times people wait several hours before calling. The sooner we are called the sooner we can organize the men and women who volunteer with your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. We would rather be called off than have to put our people and your family member at risk by waiting until darkness before making the call for help.
Plan ahead, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors.
For more tips and information, please visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net or visit us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.