If you’re looking for advice on how to have a great time at the Paradiso Festival this weekend, there’s a unlikely source offering some:
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
That advice came in a series of tweets Thursday, clearly designed to help avoid some of the problems seen at previous Paradiso festivals at the Gorge Amphitheater at George.
Paradiso is an annual two-day electronic musical festival, this year featuring such artists as Skrillex, Kaskade and Alison Wonderland. It begins today and concludes Saturday.
Last year, several local law enforcement agencies joined in a counter-drug operation at the festival that resulted in the arrest of 30 people.
Drug overdoses have been an ongoing problem at Paradiso, with several people hospitalized and the deaths of three people since 2013.
In past years, Quincy Valley Medical Center has said its small facility has been overrun with health issues stemming from the nearby concert. It peaked in 2013 when about 50 people treated for overdoses at the hospital.
Be wise, be safe
Among the tips offered by the Grant County Sheriff’s office this year, under the logo “Here to Help at Paradiso”:
^ “Go in a group and within that group have a ‘Paradiso Pal’ who always has your back.”
^ “Stay hydrated. Drinks lots of water. Don’t wait until you feel sick or thirsty.”
^ “Watch out for the safety of other people in the crowd even if they aren’t your ‘Paradiso Pal.’”
^ “Prepare an ‘exit strategy’ and have a plan for what to do if there is an emergency.”
^ “Be aware of men looking for ‘vulerable’ women. Tell security if you see those behaviors.”
^ “Don’t take drinks or drugs from strangers. Better yet, don’t do drugs at all.”
^ “Lock valuables in your car trunk. Don’t leave things visible through the windows or in your tent.”
^ ”Feeling sick or do you see someone who is? Contact security, EMTs or go to the medical tent.”
^ ”See something or someone suspicious? Contact security or sheriff’s deputies.”
^ “All front seat belts must be used prior to riding in the bed of trucks.”
^ “If you ride in the bed of a truck, you need to be fully seated in the bed.”
^ “Make Good Choices. Enjoy Yourself”