Call 911 from any  telephone  to report a serious incident which could be life threatening. If not life threatening, call 406-646-7600 (West Yellowstone Emergency Services). Remember that when riding in the Island Park, Idaho area, the nearest emergency services could be in West Yellowstone, Montana.

If your snowmobile breaks down and you are unable to fix it or walk out, the first rule is to conserve energy. Attend to any injuries and then calmly think out solutions.

Seek shelter from the wind and restrict body movements to reduce sweating. Use your snowmobile as a windbreak or part of a lean-to. Or, find shelter in a protected area (overhanging rocks or base of a tree).

If a fire is needed, choose a protected spot that is not under overhanging branches with snow on them. Pick small dead branches or brush as fire-starter, and then add larger dead wood after the smaller branches have a good start. Collect enough fuel before dark if you have to spend the night.

Do not travel on foot in strange areas at night. Moderate exercise can help circulation, but conserve your energy. If you become unsure of your location, find shelter and keep warm.

If your snowmobile is broken and can be towed, remove the drive belt first for easier towing.asier towing.

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT LIST: A good question to ask is,
“Can I get back safely with the equipment that I am taking?”

First Aid Kit (including sun blocking creme)
Extra Key
Extra Belt, basic screwdriver kits
Pocket Knife (or ax or saw)
50 ft. of 1/4 inch nylon rope
Map, reliable compass
Waterproof matches
Candy bars or other high-energy food
Avalanche Equipment (beacon, probe pole, and shovel) if high-altitude or backcountry riding

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