Emergency Management


The following information is provided to help Baker County residents prepare for, and be able to respond to emergencies in our area.

Disease Outbreak

  • Don't panic. Listen to radio and television reports to learn what actions have been recommended.
  • Stay home until directed to do otherwise by officials.
  • If you need immediate medical attention for a life threatening emergency, call 911.


  • Stay where you are, if you're indoors, stay inside. If you're outside, stay outside.
  • If you're indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture. Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  • If you are outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall.
  • Don't use open flame, since there may be broken gas lines.
  • If you are in a car, stop the car and stay in it until the earthquake stops.
  • Expect aftershocks, stay away from damaged buildings.


  • Plan several different places you could go and find out where designated shelters are in your area.
  • Know the evacuation plans for important locations (work, school, etc.).
  • Hotels and motels fill up fast during evacuations. Call and make sure there is room before driving there.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing.
  • Take your go bag emergency kit.
  • Lock your house.
  • Leave a note telling people when you left and where you are going.
  • Use authorized routes.
  • When you are safe, call your out-of-area contact and let him or her know where you are.

Extreme Heat

  • Stay out of the sun. If you must be in the sun, wear sunscreen.
  • Avoid overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Consume plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffinated fluids. Water, diluted juices and electrolyte solutions are best. Stay away from carbonated drinks.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Keep rooms well ventilated with air conditioners and fans. Keep windows open if necessary.
  • Never leave children, the elderly, or those who require special care in the heat.

Extreme Cold

  • Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.
  • Wear water-repellant clothing.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Make sure small children, the elderly, and those who require special care stay warm.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Use proper heating methods safetly to prevent fires.


  • If your home is on fire, get everyone out of the house, and call 911.
  • For more information on fire safety click here.


  • Seek higher ground.
  • Be aware of flash flood areas such as canals, and streams.

Power Outage
  • Keep a flashlight and other emergency supplies handy in case of power outages.
  • Check the fuse box to see if there is a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
  • If you rely on electrical medical equipment, such as ventilators and oxygen compressors, plan ahead by talking to your medical supply company about getting batteries or a generator as a back up source.

  • Avoid handling metal, electrical equipment, telephones, bathtubs, water faucets and sinks, because electric currents from lightening can travel through wires and pipes.
  • Avoid taking shelter under trees.
  • Unplug computers and other electrical equipment.

Winter Storms

  • Make sure your emergency kit is stocked for winter conditions.
  • Buy rock salt to melt ice on walkways and sand to improve traction.
  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel.
  • Keep emergency heating equipment and fuel so you can keep at least one room of your house warm.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Do not overexert yourself or work outside for extended periods of time.

Jason Yencopal
Baker County
1995 Third St
Phone: (541) 523-8200
Fax: (541) 523-8201
Emergency: 911