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HomeHomeDiscussionsDiscussionsGeneralGeneralHad a conversation at training today about the possible consequences of COVID-19 on SAR.Had a conversation at training today about the possible consequences of COVID-19 on SAR.
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3/21/2020 2:03 AM
 

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.

 
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3/28/2020 7:58 PM
 

In our unit, we have had some challenges that arose due to COVID-19.

First was training, we are in the middle of a brand new training class and COVID has basically shut down training as its large group and hands on. 

We've been able to make do and change our training up to try and keep going with ensuring that we are giving space, not touching anything and focusing on social distancing. 

Active membership for us is currently also at a low point, we were going through some house cleaning clearing out the inactive members before this hit, with a big training class to bring in some new blood. On top of that since we are a volunteer organization, some of our member's employers have restricted their involvement due to their critical need elsewhere and not wanting to risk the infection spreading. I am currently restricted due to my job from responding :( I just missed a good call today because of it. 


Call volume seems to be about average, today we just had a carry-out for an individual who fell a considerable distance down a hill while hiking. 

 
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