Safety First- Reporting an Emergency

Call 911

Emergency response times are longer in remote or rural locations than in an urban setting. There is little to no cell reception in most of the forest. Once you find a place with reception, stop moving until you complete your call.

Identifying local  medical services or Search and Rescue before your trip may help save precious time in an emergency.

Hospitals or emergency clinics are located in Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, and Lone Pine.
Remain Calm, and take a quick assessment of information you will need.
Be prepared to give the following:

  • phone number you are calling from
  • the victim's location (name of the county, nearest community, or road name for locations with no address)
  • time, date, and nature of the injury or accident
  • the number of victims and their status

Wilderness Travelers

Wilderness visitors are expected to practice a high degree of self-reliance and responsibility for their own safety. It is recommended to leave a copy of your trip information behind with a responsible person. Providing clear instructions in advance may save valuable time in an emergency when the ability to communicate clearly might be difficult.
When reporting an emergency or someone overdue by more than 24 hours it is helpful to provide:

  • Describe the nature of the emergency
  • Names of the people in the group
  • Wilderness permit number
  • Entry and exit trail names & dates
  • Route or intended destination
  • Description of the car(s) at the trailhead

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue (SAR) is activated through the local County Sheriff.

Search and Rescue Teams in Inyo and Mono County are volunteers. Once your message is received to call out the volunteers, travel times to get to remote locations and extreme weather may delay rescue. Be aware that help may be several days away. You should be prepared to self-rescue or shelter in place if necessary.

Inyo County SAR near Bishop 760-873-7887; or Lone Pine 760-876-5606
Mono County SAR 760-935-4066
Fresno County SAR 559-488-3939
Sequoia & Kings Canyon NPS 559-565-3195

If you request a rescue and no longer need assistance, please contact the SAR unit and report your status.