In recognition of June as National Camping Month, the California Governor Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants everyone to enjoy the summer months safely. Whether you’re enjoying California State Parks, local parks or federal lands, it’s important to follow a few tips:
- Go to org to sign up for local emergency alerts specific to your campsite area
- Check in with the local ranger or campsite manager on any current concerns in the area
Make a Plan
- Plan evacuation routes out of the campsite in case there’s an emergency
- Secure our food and trash, using a bear proof box or containers are best but if not available double bag your food and trash and leave them in the trunk of your car.
- If you see a bear, do not turn and run. Try waving your arms and yelling as loud as you can.
- Carry bear spray and try to camp in groups.
Pack a Bag
- When camping in the heat of summer, make sure you have enough food and water. Depending on where you are camping, make sure you are aware of the risks in your area.
- Having access to a first aid kit, extra food and water or a portable charger can be the difference between an accident and a tragedy.
- Do not burn any dangerous materials like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass, or aluminum cans.
- Make sure your pets and children are supervised if near fire. Pour lots of water to drown out the embers and remember if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
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