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Prepare for Wildfires

Prepare for Wildfires

Are you wildfire ready? Knowing what to do before, during and after a wildfire can empower you to take action. Taking simple steps to prepare today can make a big difference in keeping yourself, your loved ones and your community safe.


Be Informed

Sign up for local emergency alerts. Visit your county emergency management website. Follow local emergency services on social media. Have a battery-powered AM/FM emergency radio. Create community by talking to your neighbors about emergency plans. Exchange contact information and ask for help if you need it or offer help if you can provide it during an emergency.

Have a Plan

Develop an Emergency Plan using the Evacuation Checklist as a guide. Identify evacuation routes from home, work or school. Establish a Family Communication Plan that designates an out-of-area contact, a family meeting place outside of the hazard area, and how you’ll contact each other if you are separated during an emergency. Discuss the plan with your household, loved ones, friends and neighbors. Plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock. Practice the elements of the plan so you’ll be ready when disaster strikes.

Make a Go-Kit

Assemble a go-kit of essential supplies for your health, safety and identification. Visit Ready.gov or American Red Cross for recommended emergency kit items. Pack an easy-to-carry backpack or bag for each member of the family. 
Pack the Six P's for evacuation: 
  1. People and pets (food, water, hygiene, sanitation, clothing and comfort items).
  2. Prescriptions (medications, eyeglasses and medical devices).
  3. Phones, personal computers, hard drives or disks, and chargers.
  4. “Plastic” (ATM debit and credit cards) and cash.
  5. Papers and important documents (photo identification, birth certificates, social security cards, passports, visas, insurance policy, mortgage deed or rental agreement, medical records, banking or financial records).
  6. Pictures and other irreplaceable memorabilia.

Prepare Kids

Help kids and teens in your household learn how to be prepared, not scared, in the event of a wildfire. Talk to children about evacuation plans and involve them in preparing their own emergency go-kit. Practice your emergency plan with the whole family so they will know what to do when disaster strikes.

Seniors and People with Disabilities

People with disabilities should consider individual circumstances and specific needs when planning for emergencies and disasters. Plan what to do and who to contact, especially if you need help from others to evacuate. Create a support network of people who can help you during an emergency. Make plans for how you will communicate, any equipment needed, transportation and service animal considerations.

Pets and Animals

Have an evacuation plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock. Prepare a pet evacuation kit in a tote bag or pet crate. Pack food, water, leashes, bedding, identification, medication, vaccination or medical records. Plan for transportation of large animals and identify safe shelter options. Visit Oregon Department of Agriculture for shelter options and other resources.

Be Ready. Be Set. Go!

Learn how to prepare for a wildfire evacuation. Oregon follows a 3-Level evacuation notification system structured around the readiness need and threat level. Become familiar with the evacuation levels and what they mean to help make the best decision for your safety. Don’t wait to evacuate if you feel unsafe.

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