By Amanda Thomason  February 7, 2022 at 5:01pm

Most savvy people have some sort of disaster-preparedness measures in place in their lives, whether that be emergency kits in cars, tornado shelters, first aid training, or food and water stores in case the unimaginable happens.

While you may not always be able to predict what kind of disaster will strike next — man-made or natural — it never hurts to be prepared, especially for issues you know your area is prone to.

A couple in Sierra County, California, had to call for help recently when their efforts to wait out the snow in their remote cabin didn’t pan out.

Officer Jared Boothe of the CHP Valley Division said that the unnamed couple and their dog first got snowed in on Dec. 6, according to WTVD-TV.

They appeared to have been fairly well-provisioned and managed to ride out the snow for almost two months.

As their supplies started to dwindle and the conditions didn’t improve, they made attempts to leave the property. While they were able to exit their cabin, when they tried to leave the area they encountered deep snow and fallen trees that made roads impassable.

Finally, on Tuesday, they made a call for help. They realized that without official assistance and with few supplies left, they were in trouble.

“On February 1, 2022, around 1030 hours, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a couple care-taking a property in northwestern Sierra County,” the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

“The couple stated they were stranded at the cabin due to significant snowfall and downed trees that resulted from the winter storm in December. They requested assistance from the sheriff’s office in getting out as they were running low on food.”

The California Highway Patrol sent a helicopter to pick up the couple and their pup, but there were high winds that made the landing more difficult.

“Yesterday afternoon, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with rescuing two trapped people,” the CHP — Valley Division Air Operations Facebook page shared. “CHP helicopter (H-20) was requested to assist due to the remote location and blocked roads. H-20 was able to land near the cabin, while very strong winds were blowing.

“The pair and their dog were flown in H-20 to a landing zone where Sierra County Deputies transported them to a safe location.”

Friends of the couple came to pick them up later.

Many readers have been critical of the couple’s inability to rescue themselves, but others piped up in the comments section to say that the pair was an older couple. Some who identified themselves as being familiar with the area also said this year’s snow has been relentless since New Year’s, closing roads and making some back roads impassable.

Either way, it appears the couple did what they could to keep themselves safe, and thanks to their preparation they were able to call for help when they really needed it. Thanks to CHP, they lived to tell the story.

Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she’s strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.

She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she’s had teal hair.

With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children’s books with her husband, Edward.


Austin, Texas

Languages Spoken

English und ein bißchen Deutsch

Topics of Expertise

Faith, Animals, Cooking


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