• Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows
  • Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions, and small appliances.  Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
  • If you smell or hear propane leaking, shut off your propane tank.  Leaking propane smells like rotten eggs and usually makes a hissing sound.  Gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following disasters.  It is vital that all responsible household members know how to shut off your utilities. 
  • Consider reaching out to those in your vicinity who might need assistance evacuating.  Double check they are getting the help they need.
  • Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.  

Evacuation Levels

Should I stay or should I go? 

Before Evacuating

Use common sense and available information to determine if there is immediate danger.  In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do.  Listen to the radio and follow evacuation instructions.  If available, use the internet to stay informed and evaluate your risks.  If you are in doubt about whether to stay or go, err on the side of caution and leave. 

Level 3 - GO NOW - IMMEDIATE EVACUATION


Current conditions present specific and immediate threat(s) to the life and safety of persons within this area.  Conditions indicate that the hazards associated with the incident will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection.  You should monitor local media outlets or Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management's FACEBOOK page for up-to-date information.  THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE.  You should monitor local media outlets or Okanogan County Emergency Management's FACEBOOK page for up-to-date information.  Be aware of your surroundings and take appropriate actions.  If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available.  Volunteers will not be allowed to enter the area to provide assistance.  Residents will not be allowed to return until conditions are safe.   


EVACUATION LEVELS

Level 1 - ALERT


Residents are warned that current or projected threats from hazards associated with the approaching fire(s)/flood(s)/ are severe.  You should monitor local media outlets or Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management's FACEBOOK page for up-to-date information.  This is the time for preparation, and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, and pets and livestock.  IF conditions worsen, we will make every attempt to contact you; however, this may be the only notice that you receive.  Be aware of your surroundings and take appropriate actions.   

Level 2 - BE READY


Conditions indicate a good possibility that hazards associated with the approaching fire(s)/flood(s) will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection.  YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO LEAVE AT MOMENTS NOTICE.  THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE.  You should monitor local media outlets or Okanogan County Emergency Management's FACEBOOK page for up-to-date information.  Be aware of your surroundings and take appropriate actions.  If conditions worsen, we will make every attempt to contact you.  If you are absent from your home for more than a short period of time, please leave a note with your name and contact telephone in a visible location.

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Hayley Riach