MEDFORD, Ore. — With the current fires burning across the region, and the evacuations that have taken place as a result, it’s important to know how to prepare for evacuations if need be. Executive Director of the Southern Oregon chapter of the Red Cross has shared some key ways families and residents can stay a step ahead.
First and foremost, coordinate a meeting place with family. In case communications are down, all family members will know to meet in this place. Second, decide on an out of area and out of state contact. This could be a family member or a friend, but somebody that everyone in your family knows to contact in the event of an emergency.
Another important thing to do is photocopy your documents. This includes birth certificates, account numbers, insurance policies and important phone numbers such as emergency contacts. Be sure to keep a first aid kid handy. You’ll also want to keep cash readily available, as well as any medications that family members take. Keep pets indoors, not only because of air quality but also in the event of an evacuation. This way, you don’t have to search for them outdoors when time is precious. Lastly, if there is a baby in the family keep all of their necessities in one location. This will also make the evacuation process shorter and smoother.
The Red Cross has an app that residents can download to see information pertaining to current wildfires in the area, how to prepare, local shelters and more!