The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center announced today that it has received a $5,000 grant from REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a national outdoor retail co-op committed to connecting people with nature, to support the Know Before You Go (KBYG) avalanche awareness program.
The KBYG program, designed especially for young adults and presented most frequently at middle and high schools, provides the basics of avalanche awareness. The funds from REI will go directly to teaching avalanche safety in Utah.
Avalanches kill more Utahns than any other natural hazard. “You can prevent most accidents by knowing a few simple rules.” said Bruce Tremper, Director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center. “This program has saved many lives”.
REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions. The grant is the result of a nomination made by employees at the Salt Lake City store, a long-time supporter of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.
The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center:
The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center is a non-profit organization that partners with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center to provide avalanche forecasting, education, and awareness in Utah. Funding for avalanche forecasting and education in Utah is provided by a combination of Federal, State, Salt Lake County, private, and business contributions.