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Outdoor Preparedness

With warm weather moving in, we all want to head outside and soak up the sun. Island County Department of Emergency Management is here to help you prepare for your outdoor adventures!


Whidbey Island has a lot to offer for hiking trails. Make sure you check Washington State Parks for opening information. 

When hiking remember these important items:

  • Appropriate footwear
  • Map and compass/GPS
  • Extra water and a way to purify it 
  • Extra food
  • Rain gear and extra clothing
  • Safety items: fire, light, and a whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Knife or multi-purpose tool 
  • Sun screen and sun glasses
  • Daypack/backpack

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Make sure you are prepared when camping. Check with Washington State Park's to see how COVID will affect your plans. 

This camping checklist from REI can help you prepare for your next trip.

Camping Safety With Kids


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