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Dec 21

Prepare for an evacuation or emergency – stay one step ahead

Posted on December 21, 2020 at 7:46 pm by Clay Curtin

With wildfire season just ended, it’s always good to be prepared of an evacuation or emergency. In the event of an emergency, first responders will use Zonehaven to plan and execute evacuations both large and small. In order to understand whether your area is under an evacuation warning or order, you need to know your Zone Name.

Preparation steps:
In the event of a wildfire or an emergency situation, law enforcement and fire agencies issue evacuation warnings or evacuation orders for impacted areas. These notices are issued for a zone with an evacuation status.

Evacuation status levels:
  • Red: Evacuation order states that there is an immediate threat to life and all residents should leave now.
  • Yellow: Evacuation warning warns of potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
  • Blue: Advisory is a precautionary notice that advises residents to stay aware and be prepared.
  • Green: Clear To Repopulate means that it is safe to return to your home. Be aware of your surroundings and go through the returning home checklist.
  • Purple: Shelter In Place is an order to go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.
  • White: Normal means there is no current knowledge of threats affecting your area and that you can carry on with normal activity.