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Find out how to sign up for emergency alerts and what to have ready, as well as how to help.

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How do people sign up for emergency alerts?

Sign up for emergency alerts by going to the Jefferson County website and select Sheriff's Office. The first tab is Citizen Emergency Alert sign up: https://www.jeffco.net/sheriff/page/citizen-emergency-notification-system.

What should people have ready to go in the case of any emergency?

First and foremost a plan that includes what to take and where to go. Prioritize now what is the most important stuff you want to take, as everyone's priorities are different. Hard to replace documents, list of passwords for accounts, computer, couple changes of clothes (weather appropriate), food and water, personal hygiene stuff, and plan for pets like a pet carrier or crate. This is all dependent on what type of vehicle you have or a trailer to put stuff in.

How can people help their neighbors, friends and family?

See if anyone has disabilities and move them out early. Make sure everyone has reliable transportation and a place to go.

Where can people check for road closure information?

ODOT Trip Check is continually being updated. Please don't call law enforcement offices for that of information as they are being overwhelmed during these incidents. https://tripcheck.com/

What should people keep in mind as they are traveling?

Drive safely and allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Also keep your vehicles fueled up before you leave so your first stop isn't the gas station.

What is the best way to help other Oregonians right now?

Financial donations are best right now. I work closely with the Red Cross, and they are who I will be calling if I need to place evacuated Jefferson County residents.

HOW TO HELP:

Donate to Red Cross at redcross.org or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. To volunteer, visit redcross.org/volunteer.


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