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      Basic Tips To Remember For The Outdoors

      This checklist was provided by the Madera County Sheriffs Department to keep you safe.

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      Check weather conditions before heading out - wear andbring clothing to prepare for the worst.

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      Notify a friend or family where you are going, what timeyou plan to return and do NOT venture off your planned course of travel.

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      Before you head into the back country, let the Rangerknow of your plans as well.

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      Never leave home without your compass.{}

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      Water is more important than food. You can live for dayswithout food, as long as you have water.

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      Always carry a means by which you can communicate withsearchers. Carry a cell phone and enable your GPS. Depending on where you are,a cell phone might not work. A satellite phone is your better bet. But besidesthat, carry a whistle that high pitch distress call lasts longer than a yellfor help.

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      FRS radios and personal locater beacons are also a goodmeans of communicating - make sure the batteries have life.

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      Know how to build a shelter and a secure camp fire.

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