Item: Know Before You Go - An Avalanche Awareness Program for Teens with Rad Genes
Title: Know Before You Go - An Avalanche Awareness Program for Teens with Rad Genes
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2006 International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride, Colorado
- Craig J. Gordon [ Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center Forecaster ] [ Know Before You Go Program Director ]
Abstract: Basic avalanche education for young adults in Utah on a mass scale was non-existent for years. However, the rising numbers of young avalanche victims demonstrated an obvious need for fundamental avalanche awareness. Reviewing recent avalanche accidents, we felt that just like students in Hawaii learning about the dangers of rip tides and shore breaks at an early age, students in Utah needed to learn about avalanches. With innovative partnering and outside funding, the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center, in conjunction with their non-profit Friends organization, developed a highly successful avalanche education program for young adults in Utah. During the winter of 2004-05, the ”Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness program was introduced to Utah schools as an assembly style presentation, given by local avalanche professionals. In the two seasons since its inception, the program has been seen by nearly 31,000 Utah students. During this time, not one teen has died in an avalanche in Utah, a statistic directly contrasting years past. We are working to make “Know Before You Go” a regular part of the curriculum in Utah’s junior high schools. We hope this blossoming program will inspire other avalanche professionals to introduce similar programs to their mountain communities.
Language of Article: English
Keywords: avalanche, awareness, education
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