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ButterflyEffect  ·  207 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: America's Search and Rescue Is in a State of Emergency

Ya know, quite a few of those people are involved in the Washington Off Road Recovery network (WORN) and Oregon Offroad Recovery. Except instead of hiking out and performing first aid and evac procedures, these people drive uhhhh jeeps and lifted trucks and own lots and lots of winches. Basically if you get yourself stuck on a forest road in either state for whatever reason, make a call/post to them and they will try to bail you out in addition to whoever the local sheriff/forest service operator is.

kleinbl00  ·  207 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've pulled out my fair share of Texans.

If I were handed the Department of Homeland Security I'd build me a framework that any civic-minded organization could plug into. Centralize the rescue response. Categorize the response needed. Coordinate the responders. Make "FEMA" a name people want to hear again, like "Red Cross." If people want to help, let them. If people want to run around in the woods playing commando, give them a mission to do. A tenuous leash beats tar out of no leash at all and if I can give a bunch of preppers a reason to not immediately distrust their local Sheriff's Department we all win.