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Emergency Shelters for People Who Get Lost

The search for the missing snowboarder has ended but it has left many people asking what they would do if they found themselves in a similar situation. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has two shelters and emergency boxes in locations where people tend to get lost.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 5:14 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- The search for the missing snowboarder has ended but it has left many people asking what they would do if they found themselves in a similar situation. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has two shelters and emergency boxes in locations where people tend to get lost.

One shelter is located in the east fork of the Ashland Creek Drainage Area and the new one put up this year is on the south side of Mt. Ashland, in the Cottonwood Drainage Area.

Most people don't even know these measures of last resort currently exist. Inside, a stranded person will find food, water, clothing and even instruction on what to do next.

Skiiers like Henry Weir of Ruch were delighted to find out such an emergency option exists.

"That's awesome there's a bail-out option for someone who gets themselves into trouble," he remarked. "Might not have a bivy sack or any other kind of shelter to stay overnight. It's a good option."

The Jackson County Sheriff says there is a good reason the north shelter is located below Mt. Ashland, east of the watershed. A person who gets lost typically ends up in one of three drainages. If they take those drainages downhill, they're going to end up at the 2060 Road.

The sheriff wants to make sure people are not relying on the shelters and are staying in-bounds on Mt. Ashland at all times.

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