During an emergency, you may be asked to evacuate (leave your home). You may have hours or just minutes to get out. Pay attention to local alerts, and know what to expect if evacuation orders are issued.



Get Prepared to Evacuate

  • Create an emergency plan that includes possible evacuation routes. Make sure everyone knows the plan. Monitor possible evacuation routes using Google Maps, Oregon Trip Check, and Washington Trip Check.
  • Stay informed. Monitor emergency websites and local media for information. Visit the Wildfire 2021 page for links. 
  • Visit 211info.org for information about the location of emergency shelters. 
  • Assemble emergency supplies and your most important personal belongings in a safe place. Be sure to include plenty of water. You may be in your car for a while. Bring hand sanitzer and face coverings. You may be around people who are not in your household, which puts you at risk of getting COVID-19. Note that cloth face coverings are NOT effective for smoke protection.
  • Keep everyone (including pets) nearby and ready to go. 

Understand the Situation

The Wildfire 2021 and  Wildfire & Smoke pages are filled with great information about the current situation.

More Resources



The back of an SUV is open and we can see that it is full of luggage, as if someone is ready for a long trip.


Small brush fire by the side of the road during Eagle Creek Fire. US Forest Service worker is standing next to their vehicle in the background.
Photo credit: Motoya Nakamura, Multnomah County



Be Alert and Consider Leaving Now

  • This level indicates significant danger in your area. It's recommended that you voluntarily relocate to a shelter or location outside of the danger zone.

This May Be the Only Notice You Receive

  • Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to reach you again if the conditions get worse.
  • If you decide to stay, be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

Leave Now if You Have Additional Needs

Some of us have Additional Needs, which can affect our ability to leave quickly. If you have additional needs, you should definitely consider evacuating at this stage. This includes: 

Anyone who needs...

  • Hearing or vision devices
  • Medication or medical devices
  • Translation or interpretation services
  • Public transportation
  • Public assistance for food and health services
  • Help from a caretaker
  • Regular support from behavior health or medical professionals

Or anyone who is responsible for...

  • Infants or small children
  • An older adult or someone with physical challenges
  • Someone with physical, behavioral, or cognitive health issues
  • Pets or livestock



Green sign on a lamp post says "Emergency Evacuation Route" in white letters.



Leave Immediately

  • Danger is very close - leave right away.
  • Follow your personal emergency plan.
  • Do not delay. Do not gather your belongings or try to save your home. Do not stop to shut off your gas.Gas companies can shut down segments of their system when fires threaten the area.
  • Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to reach you again if the conditions get worse.
  • If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you.
  • Do not return until public officials tell you it's safe. Visit the Wildfire 2021 page for info about getting return notice.