It Happens Every Year
Everyone seems to own a fanny pack or a back pack these days. Besides being handy for school and work, they can also carry enough items to save your life.
The plains, mountains and forests of Catron County seem to cast a spell on residents and visitors alike. They beckon otherwise sensible folks into a moment of thoughtlessness and lure them into her depths. Hundreds answer this siren song annually with little or no thought, preparation, or concern about the potential hazards or dangers that await them. Dozens require some type of assistance to get back to their cars and safety. Tragically, some don’t return at all.
Catron County Search and Rescue would like to suggest some simple things to keep you or your family members from being a terrible statistic.
If your vehicle breaks down, stay with it! Traffic is sparse out here, but someone will be along. If you do decide to leave your vehicle or are out hiking, stay on the road or trail. “Short cuts” rarely pan out.
If you become separated from your group or find yourself in the middle of nowhere, “STOP walking!” You will be easier to find if you stay in one place!
Always carry a few items in your car for emergencies. Water is essential. Get a GPS unit. They can be inexpensive and as easy to operate as a cell phone. Learning two simple functions can insure that you get back to your car and your loved ones.
Carry a whistle and a signal mirror to get searchers’ attention. Your voice does not carry and you are harder to spot than you might think.
Carry a large plastic bag for protection from the wind and help retain your body heat. Have a lighter or book of matches. You don’t need a large fire, but a small one will afford heat and comfort.
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