Keep Visitors Safe: Preventive Search and Rescue – 2019

Keep Visitors Safe: Preventive Search and Rescue – 2019

Coordinate volunteer-driven efforts to spread key messages and patrol popular trails, to help visitors enjoy the park safely and avoid preventable accidents. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Mark Marschall

Yosemite’s Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) program focuses on sharing important safety messages in order to prevent accidents and injuries in the park.       

In 2019, your support will enable a PSAR-focused ranger, interns and volunteers to educate visitors about staying safe. Working together, the PSAR team will connect with people through one-on-one interactions, including during patrols in areas with particularly high injury rates, such as the Mist Trail; trailhead-specific signs; posters and audio announcements on hiker shuttle buses; and social media content. This year, the program will also focus on strengthening collaborative efforts across Yosemite operations, including by sharing streamlined monthly safety messages with park staff during busy months. 

Your contribution will ensure visitors can safely enjoy the wonders of Yosemite.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Hospitality, and Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue

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Project Notes
Yosemite’s preventative Search and Rescue programs reduce visitor accident and injury.

We will reduce the most striking consequence of serious injuries and fatalities: the insurmountable grief of the affected person and their families. The suffering is felt by many, including all of their loved ones throughout the country. Visitors who witness the event are often impacted. Additionally, preventing visitor injury incidents will reduce temporary trail closures, traffic delays, and wilderness disturbance caused by rescue efforts.

Lisa J. Hendy
Emergency Services Program Manager
Yosemite National Park