Now that you have learned how to protect your home and property from a wildfire, it’s time to prepare your family for the fire threat and possible evacuation by developing your personal plan ahead of time. The Ready, Set, Go, program provides a step by step guideline for preparing your own evacuation plan ahead of a crisis. Ready, Set, Go works in conjunction with evacuation levels established by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association that will be initiated during any emergency requiring a potential evacuation.
If a wildfire threatens an area, the following Oregon State Sheriffs Association guide to evacuations as adopted by Josephine County will be initiated. Note that it may not be possible for emergency personal to contact you directly to notify you of each level of evacuation. It is important that you prepare ahead of time to evacuate and monitor media outlets for current information as it applies to your area. When in doubt, evacuate.
Oregon State Sheriffs Association - 2014 - Josephine County
LEVEL 1: “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, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock.
LEVEL 2: “BE SET” to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment's 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: “GO” Evacuate NOW 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 last 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.