Evacuation

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.

LEVEL 1 - GET READY

 

Screen shot of the Trip Check website, which shows a live map with traffic alerts. Trip Check is maintained by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

 

Get Prepared to Evacuate

LEVEL 2 - BE SET

 

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.

Consider Your 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

LEVEL 3 - GO!

 

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.
  • 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 many not be able to assist you.
  • Do not return until public officials tell you it's safe.