COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriffs Department is sending out a reminder to all recreational users to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safe return when enjoying area mountains in Kootenai County, especially during the upcoming storm front and possible snow accumulations.
When deciding to explore in the woods, take a few prepatory steps in order to manage a safe return. Some steps can be as simple as letting a friend or relative know where you are going, what route you're taking and what time you'll return. Just as important is for users to follow their described route.
Take some basic survival gear with you, including; food, water, extra clothes, a flashlight with extra batteries, fire starting materials and something to build a shelter. Carry chains during this seasonal change and be aware of areas that don't have cell phone service.
Be aware of your surroundings as the landscape becomes unfamiliar, and know your limitations and the limitations of your vehicle.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department wants everyone to enjoy the back country and all the recreational activities it provides, but we also want everyone to have a safe return.