With increased winter recreational activities, skiers, climbers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and people working in the backcountry are frequently exposed to the risk of avalanches. Every winter there are numerous avalanche incidents.
PLSAR will provide up-to-date avalanche forecasts and warnings for the Priest Lake area.
Idaho Panhandle National Forest Hotline: (208) 765-7323
Here to follow when heading into the mountains or away from civilization:
- Let someone know where you are going, your route, and when you expect to return. Notify them when you do return or if your plans change.
- Bring several layers of synthetic or wool clothes. You can get very hot hiking, but can cool down quickly after stopping. Make sure that you have a windproof and waterproof layer.
- Bring a hat and sunglasses. Always wear sunscreen to protect your skin.
- Wear good footwear with ankle support and a firm sole with a secure grip.
- Carry a compass and map of the area. Learn how to use them!
- Carry emergency equipment such as matches, solar blanket, a first aid kit, whistle, signal mirror, and a flashlight.
- Take ample food and about 2 quarts of water per person per day. DON'T DRINK FROM STREAMS, YOU CAN GET SICK!
- Make sure your party stays together. DON'T SEPARATE!
What to do for accidents/lost persons:
- Determine the location of the injured party or the last place you saw the lost person.
- If a person is injured, treat their injuries as best you can. If possible leave someone behind to care for them. Leave adequate food, water, clothes, and survival gear for the person.
- Call 9-1-1 to notify the Bonner County Sheriff's Department of the incident. They will direct you from there and will notify Priest Lake Search and Rescue if we are needed.
What to do if you are lost:
- Stop walking!
- Draw attention to yourself any safe way possible. Yell back if you hear your name called.
- Keep calm! Pull out your survival gear, build a fire if necessary, and wait. Priest Lake Search and Rescue will find you, that's why we train so much!