Spring Break is coming up and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas would like to remind Oregonians to stay safe while enjoying spring break activities. Lucas says the search and rescue community in Oregon stands ready to respond when needed, but that being safe and prepared should always be a priority when getting out to enjoy all Oregon has to offer.
Lucas says a lot of accidents can be avoided by being prepared and knowing where you’re going, the weather conditions, what you need, and by bringing extra supplies like water and high protein or other snacks. “If you are going out, away from the city, you should plan accordingly. Plan for safety and the unexpected,” says Lucas. “When you go hiking, dress accordingly. Bring food, a cell phone and other supplies you may need.”
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue program supports the broad spectrum of search and rescue operations in Oregon. That mission includes coordinating activities of state and federal agencies involved in search and rescue, liaising with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and other organizations, and providing on-scene search and rescue coordination when requested.
“Search and Rescue is a needed asset, especially in Oregon. We live in a large state with so many recreation opportunities,” Lucas added. “No one goes out with the intent to get lost or injured so preparing in advance can keep you safe.” He said even though it is spring break, weather conditions still may be harsh, making it even more important to be prepared when heading outdoors. Here are some wilderness safety tips: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/upload/Safety%20Tips%20for%20Hiking-2.pdf
To learn more about the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Program go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/Search-and-Rescue.aspx