Citizens should call local law enforcement or 911 and provide as much information as possible. Taking a few minutes to answer all questions will pay off with speedier recoveries. Cooperate as much as possible with law enforcement. Local law enforcement will contact local emergency management offices and DHSEM Search and Rescue at 304-558-5380.
Citizens should always tell someone where they are going, their itenary, what you are wearing, a description of the vehicle you will be traveling in, and what gear you are taking with you. You should always take sufficient gear for the duration of the trip. Hikers should always check their back trail, so it is familiar if return is neccessary and use trailnotes in major wilderness areas. If you become lost or confused, stop and think.You may backtrack if possible, and trust your compass. Do not travel more than a short distance, if you do not know where you are going. You should build a shelter, keep warm, and make noise so SAR teams may find you.