The Ready, Set, Go! program seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. Engaging in this dialogue is particularly important for the fire service, because national studies have shown that firefighters are uniquely respected in their communities and can project a trusted voice to the public preparedness appeal. They can also explain what fire resources are available during an event and the role that individuals can play in preparedness and early evacuation – if called for by their local officials – to increase the safety of residents and responding firefighters to a wildland fire. To increase efficiency, the Rogue Valley Emergency Managements Team has aligned the RSG! principles with the County evacuation levels.
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 and prepare long before the threat of wildfire so your home is ready. Be Firewise by creating a defensible space, using fire-resistant vegetation and clearing brush and other flammable vegetation away from your home. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.
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 family 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 condition 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 wildfire action plan. Do not delay leaving by gathering your belongings or make efforts to save your home. Danger in your areas is imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services many not be able to assist you.