Preparedness

Surrey Search and Rescue provides education on personal preparedness and outdoor safety through special events, community celebrations and public engagements. Our mobile team travels around the community, providing visitors with the information they need to prepare for and survive the outdoors. If you would like Surrey Search and Rescue to visit your service club or group, please contact our team at publicrelations@surreysearchandrescue.com. Our volunteers are trained educators of the Hug-a-Tree and AdventureSmart programs.

Hug-a-Tree and Survive Program (for Children)

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An initiative of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Hug-a-Tree and Survive Program teaches children the basic fundamentals of survival in the woods. The curriculum is geared towards children ages 5 - 12 and provides participants with invaluable knowledge and supplies for a child's pack, incuding a whistle, high-visibility garbage bag and informative colouring book. The Hug-a-Tree program was developed in San Diego, California after the tragic death of a 9-year old boy who became lost in the wilderness.
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AdventureSmart Program (for Youth and Adults)

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Geared for youth and adults, the AdventureSmart Program provides essential trip planning, outdoor survival and recreation-specific information. Land, water and winter activities are detailed here, with tips on what to pack, how to plan, and what to watch for in the outdoors. Are you prepared?
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||| AdventureSmart/BCSARA Code of Responsibility and Trip Plan (Various Languages)

Avalanche Preparedness

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Avalanche preparedness is a vital part of winter recreation in British Columbia. The Canadian Avalanche Association provides avalanche bulletins, hazard/weather information, avalanche education and equipment lists for all outdoor enthusiasts. The Canadian Avalanche Centre website is a must-stop before heading out to the mountains.
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Emergency Preparedness for Home

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Download Public Safety Canada's Family Preparedness Guide for essential information on preparing for the first 72 hours of an emergency. In the event of a major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach your area right away. It is vital that your family is ready and self-sufficient until help arrives.
||| Public Safety Canada - Family Preparedness Guide and Resources
||| Learn More About Emergency Preparedness
||| BC Provincial Emergency Program

Other Resources

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Additional outdoor safety information is available through these organizations and associations:
||| BC Search and Rescue Association
||| National Search and Rescue Secretariat