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Emergency Preparedness, Alerts, & Communications

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Emergency Alerts

Part of being prepared for an emergency is knowing how you will receive emergency alerts and life safety information.

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Everyone is encouraged to learn more about how emergency alerts work and strategies to be prepared for an emergency or disaster. Keep reading for resources and links.

Responders use several tools to alert residents. Watch the video at to learn more about those tools and decide which ones you will rely on in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Sign up to receive LaneAlerts emergency alerts at 

To double-check that your mobile phone is enabled to receive emergency alerts, use these instructions to confirm your alert settings. (If your phone is not listed here, you may need to contact your provider).

Evacuation Levels

If your home is put under an evacuation notice do you know what that means? There are 3 levels:

  • Level 1 (Be Ready)
  • Level 2 (Be Set)
  • Level 3 (GO NOW)

Remember to take the 6 Ps when you evacuate:

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Knowing what each level means and being prepared will help keep you and your family safe. Watch the video at to learn more about evacuation levels.

Pets and Animals

Don’t forget to include your furry/feathery/scaly friends in your emergency plans. Learn about caring for pets in a disaster at

Large animals and livestock require a lot more advance planning in order to safely move them in the event of an evacuation. Read a large animal evacuation guide here.

Two-Weeks Ready
Some emergencies require us to shelter in place instead of evacuating. Ideally, every household will have a two-week supply of food, water and basic survival materials.

You can find a 12-week guide to building your family’s emergency kit at


While there is many avenues of communication in an emergency, GMRS is coming out as a common staple in emergency preparedness due to its proportionately lower equipment cost, availability, & simplicity.

The McKenzie Community Communications (MCC) group is currently working to stand up additional repeaters and organize with additional neighborhoods to create a cohesive system within the McKenzie valley.


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