Sign up for emergency alerts and understand evacuation levels

BAKER COUNTY – With several large fires burning in Central and Western Oregon it is important remember to be prepared in the event of similar situations in our region.  Baker County Emergency Management wants all Baker County citizens to know that they can sign up to get emergency alerts and severe weather warnings right to your mobile device.  

The alerts are sent via AlertSense and could be issued for things such as evacuations, shelter in place, boil water, etc. 

It is free to sign up, but standard text messaging rates and other charges apply.  Log on to https://public.alertsense.com/signup/?regionid=1357

In the event of a fire or catastrophic event that requires citizens to evacuate their homes here are the three levels to be aware of. 

EVACUATION NOTIFICATION SUMMARY

LEVEL 1 – Be Ready

Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2 – Be Set

YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE

This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE

Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 3 – Leave Immediately

Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE

ENTRY TO EVACUATED AREAS MAY BE DENIED UNTIL CONDITIONS ARE SAFE.

AREA RADIO AND TV STATIONS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO BROADCAST PERIODIC UPDATES.