Safety

Kathy deWet-Oleson
 

Due to the remote and primitive nature of the islands, a safe visit to the park depends on visitor assuming individual responsibility for planning their trips and visiting safely.

For your safety, please remember:

  • Emergency services are very limited due to the isolated island environment.

  • Weather conditions change rapidly; dress in layers.

  • There are no supplies on the islands. Take water, food, and other necessities.

  • Watch your step-ladders, railings, and stairs may be wet.

  • Stay back from cliff edges; they may be crumbly or undercut-a fall could be fatal.

  • Do not approach marine mammals, such as whales, seals, and seal lions.

  • Check for ticks and watch out for poison oak and cactus.

  • Deer mice on the islands may carry diseases, including deadly hantavirus. Avoid all contact with mice and other wild animals. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.

  • The park is located within a tsunami hazard zone. In case of an earthquake, go to high ground or inland. Visit Tsunami for more information.

  • In an emergency on the islands, contact a ranger or concession employee. If a phone is available, contact the National Park Dispatch Center at 559-565-4221. This is the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Dispatch Center that handles all emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for Channel Islands National Park. On the water, use a marine radio to contact the US Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16.


For saftey information on a specific topic or activity please click on one of the links below.

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