Preparing for Wildfire Season – Be ‘2 Weeks Ready’

“As we head into summer,  as well as begin Phase Two of the Governor’s Reopening Plans, we also head into wildfire season,” states a recent news release from the Douglas County Joint Information Center.

“Many of you have already learned a few things about what you and your family will need in order to survive and shelter in place from our February 2019 ‘Snowmageddon’ storm, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic mandates. So, we thought it would be a good time to remind our citizens to be prepared for an emergency, like a wildfire, by readying themselves, their families and their homes,” continues the news release.

“Preparing your family in advance of an emergency is important. Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourage individuals and families to be 2 Weeks Ready. This tangible action helps create self-sufficiency for at least 14 days in the midst or in the aftermath of an emergency or disaster.”

So, do you have a To-Go-Kit? Do you have an action plan? Does your family know the plan? Do you know what Ready, Set, Go or Level 1-3 evacuations levels mean? Here are a few tips from OEM help you answer yes to all of those questions.

What is 2 Weeks Ready: https://youtu.be/8Li1ODLbi2M

What goes into your Plan:
– Shelter:  https://youtu.be/nwkV01M3gw8
– First Aid:  https://youtu.be/Bz-0SH1vZOA
– Pets and Livestock:  https://youtu.be/wL4-McXJZjo
– Family and Youth Plan:  https://youtu.be/2MW0amU__lc

What goes into a To-Go-Kit:
– First Aid:  https://youtu.be/Bz-0SH1vZOA
– Food:  https://youtu.be/92LmqxTSAWw
– Water:  https://youtu.be/rfTD3mFzYDo

“Ready (Level 1), Set (Level 2), Go (Level 3)” emergency evacuation levels

In addition, you and your family should be familiar with “Ready (Level 1), Set (Level 2), Go (Level 3)” emergency evacuation levels and sign up for emergency alerts in your county to receive evacuation notifications. For more information and to sign up for the Douglas County Citizen Emergency Notification System click here.

Evacuation levels are as follows:
• Level 1 – Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, and in some cases, pets and livestock.

• Level 2 – Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate. You should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as this level indicates there is significant danger to your area. Residents should be prepared to voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

• Level 3 – Evacuation means “GO.” Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent. If you choose to ignore this advisement, 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.

“We can all do our part when it comes to prevention and knowing what to do when wildfire threatens our home and our community,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “In spite of the countless ways COVID-19 has changed our lives, these steps can help heighten levels of certainty and empowerment when it comes to personal safety.”

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