Staying Safe in the Forest
There are a number of precautions you can take to avoid the need for an extensive search and rescue operation. Obtaining maps and knowing how to use them in conjunction with a compass is a basic outdoor skill. Too often discounted, it is the surest way to avoid becoming lost. Pre-planning such as taking time to write out your trip schedule and plans, and leaving them with someone, is routinely ignored. Yet pre-planning greatly aids in the efficiency and timely response of a search effort. Also, should you become lost, you need to know whether to stay put or find your own way out. Either way, you must not wander around aimlessly, making it more difficult for a search and rescue team to locate you. For a search and rescue poster click here. Click on the links below for more information on these topics.