Ready Set Go

The following three-phase model is aligned with the national “Ready, Set, Go” program that the International Association of Fire Chiefs (http://www.wildlandfirersg.org) has developed for wildfire evacuation education.

Pre-Evacuation: "Ready"

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There is no immediate danger to your home, family, or  business. Now is the time to get ready. Refine your evacuation plans.

What to do

Families and individuals

  • Decide where you will go. Learn the location of Red Cross or other shelters.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route.
  • Pack supplies you will need for at least two weeks.
  • Pack important records or special belongings.
  • Decide where to meet if separated.
  • Establish a family contact person.
  • Consider moving important heirlooms, property, and large animals to a safe location.  
  • Ensure you have registered your phone to receive emergency notifications.
  • Stay connected to official information sources such as TV, radio, or Internet.

Persons with access, functional, or medical needs

  • Arrange for any specialized help needed for evacuation.
  • Pack your medical equipment, specialized supplies, and medications.
  • Ensure you have called 2-1-1 to add your name to the Emergency Evacuation Registry.

Residential healthcare facilities

  • Confirm availability of specialized transportation.
  • Review facility evacuation plans and continuity of operation plans.

Other businesses or organizations

  • Develop a roster or checklist to account for all employees.
  • Review facility evacuation plans and continuity of operation plans.

Voluntary Evacuation: “Set”

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The danger is moving closer to you. A mandatory evacuation order may be issued at any time. Now is the time to prepare for immediate evacuation.

What to do

Families and individuals

  • Load your supplies, records, and special belongings into your vehicle.
  • Leave room in your vehicle for pets.
  • Move large animals to a safe location.
  • Stay connected to official information sources such as TV, radio, or Internet.

Persons with access, functional, or medical needs

  • If you need extra time to evacuate, go now.
  • If you need help to evacuate, call  911.

Residential healthcare facilities

  • Hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, etc., must evacuate their patients now, using pre-planned procedures.

Other businesses or organizations

  • If your business or organization needs extra time to shut down operations, or has a large population of people or animals, you should begin evacuation now.

Mandatory Evacuation: “Go”

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You are in immediate danger! Load your family and pets into your vehicle, and GO NOW! Once you have left the evacuation zone, you will not be allowed to re-enter until further notice.

What to do

Families and individuals

  • Decide where you will go. Learn the location of Red Cross or other shelters.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route.
  • Pack supplies you will need for at least two weeks.
  • Pack important records or special belongings.
  • Decide where to meet if separated.
  • Establish a family contact person.
  • Consider moving important heirlooms, property, and large animals to a safe location.  
  • Ensure you have registered your phone to receive emergency notifications.
  • Stay connected to official information sources such as TV, radio, or Internet.

Persons with access, functional, or medical needs

  • Arrange for any specialized help needed for evacuation.
  • Pack your medical equipment, specialized supplies, and medications.
  • Ensure you have called 2-1-1 to add your name to the Emergency Evacuation Registry.

Residential healthcare facilities

  • Confirm availability of specialized transportation.
  • Review facility evacuation plans and continuity of operation plans.

Other businesses or organizations

  • Develop a roster or checklist to account for all employees.
  • Review facility evacuation plans and continuity of operation plans.