Enjoy the Outdoors Safely
A list of essentials presented as a public Service by CASART
(Winter Essentials for Searchers are here)
The basic minimum essentials to help keep you out of trouble in the
Appropriate boots and
clothing for expected weather conditions
A Full Water Bottle or Canteen
A Compass & Topographic Maps
Things to pack in your day pack:
Small Mirror (to flash to rescue aircraft) and a Whistle
Toilet Paper (seal in zip-lock bag)
Matches/Lighter (seal in zip-lock bag)
Fire Starters (seal in zip-lock bag)
Flashlight/Headlamp & Extra Batteries & Bulb
Emergency Blanket (space blanket)
Change of Socks
Two Plastic Grocery Bags and a Garbage Bag (Use the grocery bags
over dry socks if your feet get wet and the garbage bag as an extra
layer of insulation by cutting arm and head holes)
Duct tape (wrapped around a pencil or flashlight)
Prior to your trip, before trouble finds you:
Make sure you have the basic minimum
Check the weather forecast & assume it's wrong.
Know where youre going & how long it will take.
Tell someone where youre going & when you'll be
Sign the trail register both in & out.
Take a compass reading to know which way is out.
Know where you are at all times. Use your map &
Know when to head back. Check the time & turn around
when the time spent going in is half the time you planned for the complete trip.
Make contact for assistance if trouble finds you:
DEC Emergency at Ray Brook: 518-891-0235.
Police & Emergency Services: 911.
If you have an emergency:
1. Stay calm! Evaluate the
situation, take appropriate action.
2. What's wrong? Am I in danger of further harm? Is the situation life
threatening? Should I move to a safer place?
3. Am I or someone else hurt, ill, dehydrated, wet, cold or hot?
Administer First Aid, re-hydrate, change cloths, seek shelter, re-warm or cool.
4. Where am I? Determine your exact location. If you know how to
get back safely, return to civilization.
5. I'm lost. Stay put, stay dry, make yourself visible, set up
shelter, get water & fire wood, listen for rescuers & respond with three blasts on
6. Do I need help? Can I or someone else go for help? If yes; be
sure the messenger knows how to get out, the exact location of those in need & their
condition. If not, complete the activities in step 5. If you have a cellular phone and
your situation is a real EMERGENCY, not just a personal inconvenience, you can try to call
for help, but cellular phones do not work in many areas and you must be able to tell
authorities exactly where you are so you can be found quickly.
7. Make sure anyone left behind is safe & secure.
Remember, if you get lost... Well be there!
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