The following information is provided to help Baker County residents prepare
for, and be able to respond to emergencies in our area.
- 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,
- Stay where you are, if you're indoors, stay inside. If you're 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Do not overexert yourself or work outside for extended periods of time.
1995 Third St
Phone: (541) 523-8200
Fax: (541) 523-8201