I live in the US, in a state that has closed down almost everything. Schools, churches, restaurants, etc. I’ve noticed a lot of people suggesting that with malls, movie theatres, etc. being closed, to avoid going “stir crazy” people should take the opportunity to go out to their local state parks and nature preserves and go hiking.
I mentioned this to one of the guys and we had a short conversation about how this might cause a small spike in accidents, leading to possible missing persons reports.
People who usually wouldn’t go out hiking decide to, they aren’t prepared, take the wrong turn, slip and tweak their ankle, next thing they know it’s getting dark, no cell service, and they panic. They’ve never been in this park, they didn’t tell anyone, etc. etc.
Kind of a micro-scale version of the increase in general outdoor activities that has happened in the last couple years, causing an increase in SAR call outs.
Any thoughts? I’m still VERY new to SAR, and obviously we’ve never had a situation like this to compare numbers against, but I’d like to hear (well, I guess read?) what you all think about it.