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Ready, set, go! Know what to do in an emergency

With smoke recently inundating our region, and the evacuations for the wildfires in the Spokane area on people’s minds, we are participating in a regional “Ready, Set, Go!” Evacuation Campaign. This initiative aims to simplify evacuation messages to the public. These clear, straightforward messages are intended to save lives as people prepare to evacuate.

The “Ready, Set, Go!” evacuation campaign provides clear instructions on how to respond to the three levels of evacuations (traditionally Levels 1, 2, and 3). This evacuation program will be used in our area for all hazards: fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and storms. In an emergency, we will use the graphics in this post to clearly communicate how you should respond to the threat.

Level 1 – Be Ready

Be aware of the danger in your area and start preparing for possible evacuation.

Monitor local media and check on neighbors. If you do not already have an evacuation plan or a Go! kit, assemble these now. Conditions can change suddenly, and you may not receive a Level 2 “Be Set” warning before you are ordered to Level 3 “Go Now!” Prepare both the inside and outside of your home. Leave if you feel unsafe — do not wait for an official evacuation order.

Level 2 – Be Set

Short-notice evacuation is likely in your area.

Be prepared for sudden evacuation. People who need help or more time to evacuate — people with disabilities, people with small children, people with medical conditions and people with large animals — should evacuate now. Ensure your evacuation plan checklist is complete and that your Go! kit is in your vehicle. Stay informed and be aware of alerts from local law enforcement and fire departments. Always remember to leave if you feel unsafe, do not wait for an official evacuation order.

Level 3 – Go Now

Evacuate immediately from your area.

Go now! Danger in your area is current or imminent. Follow directions from law enforcement or fire departments and do not return home until officials have determined it is safe. Notification that it is safe to return home will be given as soon as possible.