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Posted on: August 22, 2023

What Do Evacuation Levels Mean?

The "Ready, Set, Go!" Evacuation Campaign is a testament to the power of collaboration. By bringing together the expertise of multiple counties, emergency response agencies, and community organizations, the campaign can create a more resilient and informed population.

Residents of King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston Counties are encouraged to participate actively in the "Ready, Set, Go!" Evacuation Campaign. 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


Key Components of the Campaign:

  1. "Ready" Phase: Be aware of the danger in your area and start preparing for possible evacuation. Monitor local media and check on neighbors. If you do not already have an evacuation plan or a Go! kit, assemble these now. Conditions can change suddenly, and you may not receive a Level 2 "Be Set” warning before you are ordered to Level 3 “Go! .” Prepare both the inside and outside of your home for fire. ALeave if you feel unsafe -- do not wait for an official evacuation order.
  2. "Set" Phase: Short notice evacuation likely in your area (Level 2) – Be prepared for sudden evacuation. People who need help or more time to evacuate — people with disabilities, people with small children, people with medical conditions and people with large animals — should evacuate now. Ensure your evacuation plan checklist is complete and that your Go! kit is in your vehicle. Stay informed and be aware of alerts from local law enforcement and fire departments. Always remember to leave if you feel unsafe, do not wait for an official evacuation order.
  3. "Go" Phase: Evacuate immediately from your area (Level 3) – Go now! Danger in your area is current or imminent. Follow directions from law enforcement or fire departments and do not return home until officials have determined it is safe. Notification that it is safe to return home will be given as soon as possible.
Evacuation graphic: Know what to do. Level 1 - be ready. Level 2 - be set. Level 3 - go now.

Evacuation graphic: be ready. Be ready. Check local news. Tell neighbors. Help others.

Evacuation graphic: be set. Have your emergency kit. Know your plan and meeting place.

Evacuation graphic: Go. Leave now. You are in immediate danger. Check media for more information.

Check out for more information on evacuation procedures. 

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