1. What are some basic things for people to know about exploring the outdoors?
- Stay close to home
- Stay off the 'big peaks' and 'epic hikes' for now.
- Don't participate in any high-risk outdoor activity
- Let someone know where you are going - have a plan and share it
- Stay in familiar territory
- Do you have the skills to self-rescue? EMS and SAR personnel may not be readily available to assist you.
- Do you have a survival kit and know how to use it?
- Stay on marked trails
- Be advised, there is still deep snow in the backcountry!
- Don't go alone but practice social distancing
2. What are the ten essential items to pack for a day hike?
- Map and compass and the knowledge of how to use it.
- Extra clothing/layers and rain gear
- First aid kit
- Food (a little more then you need)
- Hydration (water in container and method to purify)
- Sun Protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, Hat)
- Headlight or flashlight
- Fire (Matches and lighter)
- Knife and repair tools
- Shelter (tarp, space blanket, tent, bivy)
Plus: Proper footwear (broken in)
3. What recommendations does FSAR have for outdoor-loving people at this time, to keep themselves and to keep emergency service first-responder crews safe?
- FSAR members have the same concerns for their family, their employment situation, personal health, and community health, as most in our community. For these reasons, across the Search and Rescue spectrum in the US, teams will have fewer rescuers responding. FSAR is no different. During this time of the pandemic, we will have a limited response by team members.
- Our ability to help injured people in need is greatly reduced
- Stay off of the 4000' footers, stay close to home and not far from a road.