The only difference between adventure and disaster is preparedness.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Don't Take to the Trails Without These 10 Essentials

The key to keeping a hike safe and enjoyable is making sure you have the right gear.
  • Trail shoes or boots
  • GPS, map and compass.  A GPS enabled device is handy, but go old-school too.  Always carry a map and compass as a backup should your electronic device die or should the unit be unable to pick up a signal
  • Extra water and way to purify water should you run out and need to use lake or stream water.
  • Rain gear and extra clothing.  Try to avoid cotton, which keeps moisture close to your skin.
  • Safety items--such as flashlight, whistle and a way to start a fire.
  • Extra food
  • First aid kit
  • Knife or multi-purpose tool
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Daypack/Backpack

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Know Your Role in Wildland Fire Preparedness

You can take steps to improve your safety and potentially reduce damage to your property by taking personal responsibility and action!

READY:  Dispose of or relocate combustible material from around your home. Trim trees and bushes to allow ample space between your home and landscape vegetation. 

SET:  Arrange your "go kit" with prescription medication, emergency supplies, important documents and other essential items.  Create your own wildland fire action plan, involve your family and practice exit plans from your home and from your neighborhood.

GO:  Get your "go kit" and leave well before the threat approaches.  Stay aware of the situation and cooperate with local authorities during evacuation and re-entry processes. 


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Register for free boating class

The last free Adventures in Boating certification course until fall, sponsored by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, takes place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane, Kelso. Early registration is suggested because classes fill up quickly.
Participants who take the one-day class will be certified to operate a vessel in Washington. Classes are open to anyone who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card.
All vessel operators 59 years old and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in the state. For additional information and resources, visit
To register for the class, call Deputy Jordan Spencer at 360-577-3092 or send an email to