A test of the emergency alert system in the Lowell, Dexter and Pleasant Hill-Goshen fire district service areas is scheduled for noon on Saturday, January 15. Lowell Rural Fire Protection District, Dexter Rural Fire Protection District, Pleasant Hill-Goshen Fire & Rescue, Lane County Emergency Management and Central Lane 9-1-1 are working together to conduct the test.
Residents in the area may receive a test alert on their mobile phones, landlines or via email. The messages will include “TEST ALERT” to reduce any potential confusion. Please do not call 9-1-1 in response to the test. This test will not include the Emergency Alert System (television and radio messages) because those are aired countywide and likely to cause unnecessary confusion for residents outside of the test area.
Everyone is encouraged to learn more about how emergency alerts work and strategies to be prepared for an emergency or disaster. Residents can also stop by the Lowell Fire Station on Saturday, January 15, between noon and 1:00 p.m. to learn more about preparing for emergencies and emergency alerts. Below are more resources and links to help with emergency preparedness:
- Part of being prepared for an emergency is knowing how you will receive emergency alerts and life safety information.
- Responders use several tools to alert residents. Watch the video at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/EmergencyAlerts 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 AlertSense emergency alerts at public.alertsense.com/SignUp/.
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:
👪🐶 People & pets
💻 Personal computer
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 www.LaneCountyOR.gov/LCAID.
- 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.
- 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 www.LaneCountyOR.gov/prepare.