King County Search and Rescue officials recommend staying home due to high temperatures

As temperatures are expected to hit the 90s on Sunday, King County Search and Rescue officials are asking people to stay home.

“It’s not going to be super fun,” said Jen Brenes.

Jen Brenes, the president of King County Search and Rescue, said this year has been one of the busiest officials have seen.

Brenes said due to high call volumes for rescues this summer, her crews are stretched thin. She said if there is an incident where you need help, you might be waiting for a while.

“It’s taking longer for our searchers to get to people when they’re in need because we have to deal with traffic--we have fewer volunteers that are able to respond because they are responding on concurrent missions or they may already be on a call,” said Brenes.

She said if you do still choose to go out, do not bring your pet because of the high temps. Brenes also said to remember to stay hydrated and make sure you have the appropriate nutrients. That means eating salty foods to keep the water in your system, like pretzels, or drinking sports drinks with electrolytes.

In any hiking situation, Brenes said to make sure you have these 10 essentials:

  • Navigation (map and compass / handheld GPS)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses / sunscreen)
  • Insulation (extra layers of clothing / sit pad)
  • Illumination (headlamp or flashlight)\
  • First-aid supplies (including your personal prescriptions)
  • Fire (waterproof matches or lighter / fire starter)
  • Repair kit and tools (knife or multi-tool / duct tape / spare parts)
  • Nutrition (extra food)
  • Hydration (extra water
  • Emergency shelter (small tarp or tent / 25+ feet of cord)