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Park Rangers Stress Winter Safety and Survival Tips

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When temperatures drop, it doesn't take long to start affecting the body. Which is why it's necessary to be prepared when you're outdoors.

This is the time of year when thousands of people are visiting Lake Tahoe as well as our parks. But park rangers say the problem is, most people aren't prepared.

"They think they're prepared in their head or they've got the gear but they don't know how to use it," says John Keesee, Park Ranger at Galena Creek Park.

Kessee holds winter safety and survival classes about twice a year, teaching folks what to do if they were to ever get lost in the woods.

"You can have moments of panic, but you don't want to leave the area that you're stranded in," he says. "And so you have to overcome that panic."

In a front of a handful of locals, the Keesee talked about how to survive, find shelter and even use items like garbage bags to stay warm.

"It was pretty important that my kids heard it from the ranger and I think that they took away a lot of stuff," says Herbert Monzon.  

We talked to one man who says he knows why survival skills are so important.

"Years ago I had a handicapped son who got lost in the Oakland Hills for a couple hours," says John Marsh. "Had to go through that process. Helicopter found him."

Just last week, we saw what happened when the Gardnerville couple went missing on their drive back from California. Paula Lane was found alive, but her boyfriend did not survive.

"The woman survived because she kept her head," says Keesee. "She remained calm. There were probably moments of panic, moments of anger and guilt and being scared."

The survival class only scratched the surface. But Monzon says his family feels more prepared.

"What to bring, or how to be safe," he says. "So this kind of played right into what we wanted to do."

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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