Your Personal Evacuation Action Plan
Life safety is the primary goal of Ashland Fire and Rescue. During a wildfire residents may be asked to evacuate their homes, and depending upon the situation you may have hours or just minutes. The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG!) Program is being used by Ashland Fire & Rescue to educate residents on what to expect in the event of a disaster related evacuation. The RSG! Program tenets help residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go, acting early when a fire starts.
Ready – Be Ready, Be Firewise. Be ready for the potential to evacuate. Be aware of the dangers in your area by monitoring emergency service websites and local media outlets for information. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of wildfire so your home is ready. Become Firewise by creating a defensible space, using fire-resistant vegetation and clearing brush and other flammable vegetation away from your home. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Create an Evacuation Plan with escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Taking the correct route during an evacuation is critical for your safety. Please review the designated route in your neighborhood on the Wildfire Evacuation Map. Also look for the red, white, and blue evacuation route signs.
Set – Situational Awareness. Be set to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This level indicates significant danger in your area and voluntarily relocating to a shelter or family is advisable. This may be the only notice that you receive; emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to reach you again if the condition worsen. If you do decide to stay, pack your emergency items and be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
Go! – Act Early! Leave immediately and follow your personal wildfire action plan. Do not delay leaving by gathering your belongings or make efforts to save your home. Danger in your areas is imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services many not be able to assist you. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals.
What else can you do to be prepared for an evacuation?
Schedule a FREE Firewise Assessment! Our Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator will provide a one-on-one evaluation of your property. Call 541-552-2231 to schedule yours!