What You Need to Know to Go

Representative Raquel Moore-Green

September 9, 2020

Friends –

It is imperative that we all take personal responsibility for our safety, our family’s safety, and also lookout for neighbors where possible. The response I have seen from members of our communities warms my heart.

Oregon is experiencing a “historic fire event.” We need to know what do, what to know, and when to go and most importantly we need to listen and follow instructions we are given.

Additionally, everyone is encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts. You may register for Everbridge alert and notifications at Metcom 9-1-1  It takes only a few minutes to register and once registered you will receive a confirmation that you have successfully configured your account

Our Chief of Fire Protection for the Oregon Department of Forestry, Doug Graf, shared earlier today that everyone should know and understand the three evacuation levels during fire season. The levels are outlined below.

Regular updates for evacuation levels can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow/ 

General Descriptions for the Three Evacuation Levels and Necessary Actions by Residents:



EVACUATION or PROTECTION ALERT: A wildfire threat is in your area. It would be wise to consider planning and/or packing, in the event an evacuation becomes necessary.


EVACUATION WARNING or NOTICE: High probability of a need to evacuate.

  • You should prepare now by packing necessary items and preparing your family, pets, and vehicle for potential departure. Remember the 6- P’s:
  1. A plan for the persons in your family (including a meeting place.)
  2. Personal items (including toiletries, food and water for 2-3 days and special personal possessions.)
  3. Prescriptions- Have your full, current supply of prescriptions packed.
  4. Photographs (and other mementos) which cannot be replaced.
  5. Pets (Have a plan in place and pets secured so frightened pets don’t escape fenced yards or kennels.)
  6. Papers- Pack all important papers, including reference phone numbers, account numbers, etc.
  • Now is the time to move persons with mobility or medical issues.
  • If you have livestock or large animals, please move them to a safe place now!
  • Please use common sense and evacuate at any time you feel uncomfortable or see active fire behavior.


EVACUATION REQUEST or ORDER: Occupants of the affected area(s) are asked to leave within a specified time period, by pre-designated route(s). Perimeter roadblocks are typically established. At this stage:

  • You should take your family, pets, and necessary items including medications and important papers and evacuate now if you are in a Level III area.
  • Check in with your local Red Cross shelter (even if you don’t intend to stay there). Check in with them and let them know where you will be in case your family is looking for you.
  • Drive with your lights on, safely and SLOWLY remaining aware of your surroundings as you leave.

Please take this current situation seriously and be prepared in the event that you need to evacuate. At this time, in HD19, the City of Aumsville is on level 2 alert. Currently the City of Salem is not under alert, here is a link for their updates: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/santiam-canyon-fire-update-frequently-asked-questions.aspx Turner Fire Department information can be found at: http://www.turnerfire.com/. Marion County’s Emergency Management site is: https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Pages/default.aspx Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to me. It is an honor to continue to serve as your state representative.

In the interim if we can be of help to you as you navigate your state government please call or email. My door is always open and my staff, Pam McClain, Lena Prine, and I welcome your participation. As your state representative, I am here to listen, respond, and lead. Please be safe.


All my best, rmg


Raquel Moore-Green
Representative, House District 19 South Salem, Turner and Aumsville

For those of you interested there is an interactive fire map that can be found here Wildfire Dashboard


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1419
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-385, Salem, OR 97301
Email: Rep.RaquelMooreGreen@oregonlegislature.gov
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