SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCH & RESCUE GEARING UP FOR WINTER STORM

News Release from Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office
 January 9th, 2024
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SOUTHERN OREGON – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) is gearing up for a winter storm tonight, bringing the potential for heavy mountain snow and strong winds. The National Weather Service Medford has issued multiple winter storm warnings for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. NWS Medford is calling for heavy mountain snow and strong winds brining frequent whiteout conditions. Snow levels will lower from 3000 to 200 ft. overnight. Snow may even accumulate on Rogue Valley floors during the storm.

As always, human safety is our #1 priority. We take the risk to SAR personnel into consideration during every mission, and this storm brings the considerable danger of heavy snow and fallen trees, which could further delay response times.

BE PREPARED: If you are venturing into the mountains during winter be prepared to self-rescue in the event SAR response is delayed. Make sure you have chains, warm clothes, a shovel, and a fully charged cell phone. Check the weather forecast before leaving as conditions may change quickly. Always notify someone of your travel plans, when you are expected to return, and when/where they should notify authorities to start searching.

SHARE MY TRIP: To best notify SAR of your potential location during a rescue, JCSO offers the Sheriff’s App “Share My Trip” feature. JCSO developed this feature with the understanding that response time is crucial in search and rescue operations. The information you provide in this form will help our Search and Rescue personnel make more informed decisions which will result in quicker, more effective responses. Download the App here: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a72997501.

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