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    ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR DESERT SAFETY

    NEVER embark on any trip into the desert alone and never separate from those accompanying you! It is important to let someone know when you are leaving, where you are planning to go, and the approximate time of your return.

    There are many critters out there in the desert. Some of them are deadly, like rattlesnakes and scorpions.

    Especially NEVER go rockhounding alone! It is always a good idea to be careful when out searching for gems in the desert and rocky areas.

    NEVER pick up a rock until you check around to see what critters might be using the shelter it provides. Carry a stick with you. You can use it to roll the rock away from you before you pick it up and to aid in walking over rough terrain. Wear boots when possible. They will not only support your feet and ankles when clambering around but will also shield them from any unexpected attack or mesquite and cactus thorns.

    SEEK HELP ASAP, if someone in your party should tangle with a rattlesnake and try to keep that person from panicking until help arrives. If you can, take a cellphone with you on any expedition and make sure it is fully charged. You can summon emergency help if someone in your party has the misfortune to fall or get bitten!

    ALWAYS carry a snake-bite kit in your first-aid bag and know how to use it (in case help is too far away)!

  • First-Aid kit:
    • Alcohol Pads
      Antibiotic cream
      Anti-hystamine cream
      Ace Bandage and BandAids
      Burn ointment
      Gauze Pads
      Insect-Bite Spray
      Iodine
      Snake-Bite Kit

  • Survival Kit:
    • Flashlight (check the batteries before you go)
      Matches
      Pocket knife
      Spare compass.
      Blanket or sleeping bag
      Water - Always take plenty - At least a gallon of water per person
      Food - Ready to Serve pouches are compact and lightweight.


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