Jackson County Search And Rescue Crews Stock Emergency Shelter

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue teams re-filled supplies in the emergency shelter located below Mt. Ashland.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 6:30 PM
Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 6:37 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue teams re-filled supplies in the emergency shelter located below Mt. Ashland. 

Sgt. Shawn Richards said teams re-stock the shelter twice a year to give assistance to any hikers or skiers who might become lost. 

"Food, water, blankets, fire-making products and anything so that if someone gets out to the shelter they can stay comfortable until help arrives," Richards said. 

The shelter, along with two emergency boxes, is located east of the Watershed. Sgt. Richards said it's at that spot for a reason. On occasion, skiers from Mt. Ashland will go out of the boundaries. 

"They're going to end up in one of three drainages, and if they take those downhill, which is human nature, they're going to end up at the 2060 road," Richards said. 

He said one person utilized the shelter last year, a woman who was soaking wet and needed help. 

"She had hiked all the way down from the mountain, she was wet, cold, and was able to utilize the blankets and stuff to stay warm until we got there and located her," Richards said. 

He suggests for anyone who gets lost while with someone else to stay put. If someone calls in a missing person in the area, the shelter is one of the first places crews will check. 

However, if someone is out alone and needs assistance, there is a map in the shelter to the city of Ashland.

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