Evacuation Guide now available
Central Oregon is no stranger to wildland fire. In the last thirty years, Deschutes County Sheriffs have directed 23 evacuations. With large fires occurring nearly every year, evacuations have become commonplace. Question: Is information about evacuation as commonplace as fires?
Based on a commitment to public safety, the Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) and Project Wildfire decided to approach this challenge head on, before tragedy strikes here in central Oregon. Across the nation, people are dying and firefighters' lives are being lost during evacuations.
COFCA and Project Wildfire facilitated an in-depth examination of the reasons for these catastrophic losses and potential solutions. With many values at stake, the success of this process hinged on the inclusion of all potential stakeholders: the publilc, law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency response agencies, local government officials and the media.
The outcome of this comprehensive look at all evacuation scenarios and potential solutions is the new guide for evacuations in Deschutes County - PLAN, PREP, GO!
Approved by all stakeholders including firefighting agencies and law enforcement, the guide emphasizes two important factors to a successful evacuation - PREPARATION and LEAVING EARLY.
Please download the Evacuation Guide linked below and spend a moment reading the important information. It can save your life.
You can also get copies of the Evacuation Guide at your local fire department or law enforcement agency.