Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Shenandoah Mountain Rescue GroupShenandoah Mountain Rescue Group
SMRG's ultimate mission is to serve the community. Our main activities center around providing assistance to those who become lost or injured in the outdoors. However, the group also provides first aid and other services in a number of outdoor events... Read more
SMRG's ultimate mission is to serve the community. Our main activities center around providing assistance to those who become lost or injured in the outdoors. However, the group also provides first aid and other services in a number of outdoor events, often working in conjunction with local law enforcement and emergency medical services. In addition, SMRG actively educates the public on safe conduct in the outdoors and prevention of wilderness emergencies. If you're looking for a way to "give back" to the community while using your outdoor expertise, this is it.
The Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (SMRG) is a professional volunteer wilderness search and rescue organization established to provide assistance to those who become lost or injured in the outdoors. Along with other member organizations of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, SMRG responds to emergencies anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to conduct searches for missing persons or aircraft, and to carry out rescue operations in wilderness areas that require specialized equipment and techniques.
Based in Vienna, Virginia, SMRG has over 100 active members with expertise in wilderness medicine, land navigation, search and tracking techniques, land/air evacuation methods, and emergency incident management. Our teams are dispatched to 20-30 search emergencies annually, and operate in conjunction with state and local authorities as well as other ASRC groups. SMRG is a section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) which has no direct role in search and rescue operations, but serves as the authority on Mid-Atlantic wilderness areas.