Life safety is the primary concern of Ashland Fire & Rescue. During a wildfire, residents may be asked to evacuate their homes, and depending upon the situation, you may have hours or mere minutes to get out. The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG!) program is utilized by Ashland Fire & Rescue to help educate residents on what to expect in the event of a disaster related evacuation. The levels of Ready, Set, Go! help residents be Ready long before an evacuation, be Set with situational awareness when an emergency threatens, and to Go!, leaving promptly when evacuation orders are given or when safety feels compromised. Do not wait and leave late!
Ready – Be Ready, Be Firewise. Be ready for the potential to evacuate. Be aware of the dangers in your area by monitoring emergency service websites and local media outlets for information. Take personal responsibility, prepare your family and belongings so your home is ready to leave. For wildfire, be Firewise by reducing your home's ignition potential. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Create an Evacuation Plan with escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Taking the correct route during an evacuation is critical for your safety. Tune into information about where to go during an evacuation, see sources below. Make sure you're registered in Nixle if you want contact in any way other than a landline telephone. Register for Nixle now if you haven't already.
Set – Situational Awareness. Be set to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This level indicates significant danger in your area and voluntarily relocating to a shelter or other family outside the area is advisable. This may be the only notice that you receive; emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to reach you again if the conditions worsen. If you do decide to stay, pack your emergency items and be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
Go! – Act Early! Leave immediately and follow your personal evacuation plan. Do not delay leaving by gathering your belongings or make efforts to save your home. Danger in your area is imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services many not be able to assist you. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals until it's declared safe to do so.
Staying informed during an emergency is critical. These are some of the ways we will relay information if staffing allows (Nixle will always be the priority):
Wildfire Information Hotline: 541-552-2490