Ready, Set, Go Get Ready for Wildfire Season

May is Wildfire Emergency Month, and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and partners are encouraging Oregonians to help prevent and prepare for possible wildfires in their area. 

Emergency planning is key to preparedness. “Gathering important documents to add to your go bag, talking about your emergency plan with your family, and signing up for local alerts are all small steps you can take now,” said Andrew Phelps, OEM director. These actions can make all the difference when disaster strikes and in the days that follow.” 

Ready, Set, Go” is a statewide evacuation system used to notify communities about a potential threat. 

Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Community members should be aware of the danger that exists in their area and 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. Oregonians should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, as this level indicates there is significant danger to the area. The public should be prepared to voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family or friends outside of the affected area. They may have time to gather necessary items but doing so is at their own risk.Level 3 Evacuation means “GO.” Leave immediately! Danger to the area is current or imminent. If a person chooses to ignore this advice, emergency services may not be available to offer further assistance. People should not stop to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect their home or shelter. 

OEM has several preparedness materials, such as a booklet to write down crucial contacts and information, a list of basic emergency kit items, and a howto for preparing for a two-week stay out of your current dwelling. 

To learn more about the two-week stay, visit: Oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady 

To learn more about emergency evacuation bags, visit this Red Cross website 

Sign up for local alerts in Benton and Linn Counties here.    

By: Joanna Rosińska