Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Snakes

It’s summertime and for those living in the Coachella Valley, it’s time to be aware and stay safe if we encounter snakes.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings: Snakes can be found in a variety of habitats, so it’s important to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for any signs of snakes, such as tracks or shed skin, and listen for any rustling in the bushes or grass.
  2. Wear protective clothing: If you’re planning on hiking or spending time outdoors, wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. This can help protect you from any potential snake bites.
  3. Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid wandering off into areas with tall grass or thick brush. Snakes can hide in these areas, and it can be difficult to spot them.
  4. Use a flashlight: If you’re out at night, use a flashlight to help you see any potential snakes in your path.
  5. Do not approach or attempt to handle snakes: If you see a snake, do not approach it or try to handle it. Even non-venomous snakes can bite if they feel threatened.
  6. Keep your distance: If you do encounter a snake, give it plenty of space and back away slowly. Snakes will usually try to avoid humans if given the opportunity.
  7. Seek medical attention if bitten: If you are bitten by a snake, seek medical attention immediately. Call 911 or your local emergency number and try to keep the affected limb immobilized until help arrives.

By following these tips and staying alert, you can help minimize your risk of encountering snakes in the Coachella Valley.