Oregon fire agencies began implementing new standardized evacuation levels for wildfires statewide this year. Knowing what those evacuation levels mean now, before a wildfire threatens your home or the community you are visiting, will make you better equipped to respond to them in the event of an emergency. When a fire threatens time is of the essence. Above normal fire potential is predicted to continue over most of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Idaho throughout August. Sign up now to receive emergency notifications to your cell phone or VoIP phone. When alerts are issued, they will be sent as emails, phone calls, or text messages (from 95643).
“Level 1″ advises residents to “BE READY” to evacuate.
If a Level 1 evacuation notice is given, don’t waste valuable time, “BE READY!”
- Follow news media reports for evacuation information.
- Have your vehicle parked facing out, windows rolled up, and doors unlocked with keys on you. Now is also the time make sure the emergency kit and other essential items are packed in your vehicle.
Prepare animals and livestock for evacuation.
- Gather pets and have them ready to leave. Make sure they have collars with contact information in case of separation.
- Pack animal supplies, food, prescriptions, and other items that may be difficult to replace.
- Consider taking livestock and horses to a prearranged shelter.
If time allows prepare your home.
- Close your windows, vents, doors, and remove lightweight curtains.
- Shut off gas at the meter. Turn off pilot lights.
- Open fireplace dampers. Close fireplace screens.
- Move flammable furniture into the center of the home away from windows and sliding glass doors.
- Turn on a light in each room to increase your home’s visibility in heavy smoke.
- Seal attic and ground vents.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Place combustible patio furniture and door mats inside your home.
- Wet down shrubbery within twenty-five feet of your home, start on the downhill side.
Monitor emergency service websites and other media outlets for changes in evacuation levels. If you do evacuate, lock your home, tell someone when you left and where you are going, and chose the safest route away from fire hazards.
LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.
If a Level 1 evacuation notice is given, you must prepare to leave “AT A MOMENTS NOTICE.”. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice that you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” Evacuate NOW
If a Level 3 evacuation notice is given, you must prepare to leave “IMMEDIATELY.” Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the only notice that you receive. Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.
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