TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – As Arizona’s wildfire season continues, some areas of the state may fall under the “Ready, Set, Go!” evacuation program.
These steps are designed to help residents understand what actions they should take in an emergency, but what does each level mean?
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Here is a breakdown of the system provided by the Arizona Emergency Information Network:
Ready – Get Ready Now
- Take action now to prepare for seasonal threats.
- Register with your county / tribal emergency notification system.
- Connect with your local emergency management office, sheriff’s office, and public health department on social media.
- Develop a family evacuation and communication plan that includes family phone numbers, out-of-town contacts, and family meeting places. Keep in mind recommendations for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, or other public health recommendations.
- Build an emergency kit with enough food, water, and supplies needed for at least 72 hours. Include supplies to help keep you and your family healthy, such as face covers, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. Start with the five Ps; people and pet supplies, prescriptions, papers, personal needs and priceless items.
- Check with your neighbors, family, friends and elders through video chats or phone calls to make sure they’re READY.
- Keep up to date with local news, weather watches, weather warnings and public health recommendations
SET – Be vigilant
- Residents should consider voluntarily relocating to a shelter or with family / friends outside of the affected area. Residents should avoid close contact with sick people and should follow public health recommendations when moving.
- Take your emergency kit.
- Keep in mind your family’s unique needs or special equipment for pets and livestock.
- Stay up to date with the latest news and information from public safety and public health officials.
GO! – Clear out
- Residents should immediately evacuate to a shelter or with family / friends outside the affected area. Residents should avoid close contact with sick people and should follow public health recommendations when moving.
- If you choose to ignore this warning, you should understand that emergency services may not be able to help you further.
- Follow the instructions of emergency personnel, stay on designated escape routes and avoid closed areas.