Preparing For An Evacuation Can Include Asking Neighbors If They'll Need A Ride
Oregon residents are advised to not only have evacuation plans and supplies ready in case they have to flee wildfires, but also to consider giving a lift to those who may not have the same means of escape.
Nathan Garibay is emergency manager for Deschutes County. During a wildfire readiness webinar this week, he was asked about carpooling as a way to limit congestion and potential breakdowns along evacuation routes.
“I would certainly encourage you to talk with your neighbors and people in your neighborhood, particularly those who may have difficulty driving or not their own vehicle to absolutely connect with them and consider them a part of your evacuation plan," he responded.
"And take your neighbors out with you if they have no other means to get out.”
Garibay added that ride-sharing is more likely in urban or densely populated areas compared to remote, rural communities. But for neighbors who lack a vehicle or have mobility issues, having a carpool arrangement before disaster strikes can better help them escape.
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