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Posted on: August 31, 2023

Regional "Ready, Set, Go!" Evacuation Campaign Kicks Off

Ready Set Go Campaign information from local emergency agencies

With recent wildfires and corresponding smoke inundating our region on people’s minds, the four Western Washington counties of King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston are joining forces, along with partners, to launch a regional “Ready, Set, Go!” evacuation campaign. This initiative aims to simplify evacuation messages to the public. These clear, straightforward messages are intended to save lives as people prepare to evacuate.

The risk of wildfires has spread to the west side of the Cascades, an area that historically has not seen widespread wildfires. Once a rare occurrence, wildfires have now become an annual threat, requiring public outreach and preparation. The “Ready, Set, Go!” evacuation campaign informs the public on how to respond to the three levels of evacuations (traditionally Levels 1, 2, and 3), and prepares them on the actions they should take at each level when alerted by authorities.

This evacuation program is also intended for an all-hazards evacuation approach with an initial emphasis on wildfires.

Residents are encouraged to participate actively by preparing their homes, accessing informational materials, and staying informed about local emergency updates. Individuals can play a vital role in enhancing the safety and preparedness of their communities.

Staying informed includes signing up for emergency alerts. If you live or work in Lakewood, University Place and/or Steilacoom, please sign up for emergency alerts to stay updated, as these types of incidents are dynamic and can change at a moment’s notice.

For details on the key components of the campaign, visit the West Pierce Fire & Rescue website.

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