Deschutes County Emergency Management

Date: 8/22/2015

Deschutes County Emergency Management

Released by:         Sergeant Nathan Garibay


Occurred:               August 22, 2015


Location:                Deschutes County Emergency Management                       



With fires burning throughout Oregon and the extreme fire risk in central Oregon, residents should be prepared to evacuate in a wildfire situation at a moment’s notice. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to prepare for evacuation well in advance of an incident with their evacuation kit and plan. Last year, Oregon adopted three evacuation levels after thorough consideration by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Fire Chief's Association, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.


As the fire danger increases the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and our partner agencies want to insure you understand the three level evacuation system and where to get current information regarding fire activity.

Level 1: Be Ready

There is an incident in your area and residents should be aware of potential evacuation. Be aware of the danger, monitor emergency services sources and local media for information.  Those persons who will need additional time to exit an area or have health conditions (especially respiratory conditions that could be made worse by smoke) should consider leaving. You are encouraged to prepare or even move livestock and pets out of the area.  Be prepared to leave if conditions worsen.

Level 2: Get Set

There is significant danger in your area and residents should be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. You are encouraged to leave and should do so as soon as possible. If you choose to stay, you should be able to leave immediately if conditions worsen.  You MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at your own risk.  Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until the hazard subsides.

This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee we will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

Level 3: Go Now!

There is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately. DO NOT DELAY LEAVING to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Leave immediately and as quickly as possible. Drive carefully, turn on your headlights, and follow any directions from emergency services personnel. Entry to evacuated areas will be denied until the hazard subsides.

“During fire season, making sure that you and your family are always on ready for an emergency evacuation can make all the difference,” explains Nathan Garibay. “Having a plan and a emergency 72-hour kit ahead of time can allow for your family to take some extra precautionary measures if you are given a Level 1 Notice.”


One integral piece, is making sure your cell phone is registered to receive emergency notifications. This can be accomplished on Deschutes County 911 registration page. Your 72-Hour kit should include your 5 P’s: People, Pets, Pills, Photos, and important Papers. Also, make sure your 72-hour kit has: phone chargers, a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, prescription pills, eyeglasses, any essential equipment for infants/elderly, water, sleeping bags, clothing for each family member, and your 5P’s. Keep these things in a spot in your home that is easily accessed so you can leave in a hurry.

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