Missoula County employs a three-tiered approach to evacuating residents during times when life safety is at risk. Though every effort will be made to keep residents and visitors informed of current and changing situations, some emergency events may transpire faster than it is possible to issue warnings and/or the stages below may not occur in the sequence listed below. As part of your family's emergency plan, discuss a safe place to reunite if your family gets separated. When a threat is near, pay close attention as conditions may change very quickly. If necessary, self-evacuate to ensure your family's safety.
To keep you and your family safe during a disaster, please prepare yourself beforehand by:
- Making a family emergency plan;
- Creating an emergency supply kit;
- Saying informed of the current situation and types of emergencies that could occur in our area and how you will respond to them.
Missoula County's evacuation stages are as follows (links to samples of evacuation notices are also listed):
Stage 1: Ready
This is an evacuation advisement to residents and visitors that conditions exist that strongly indicate a hazard may be forthcoming in the near future which will necessitate an evacuation.
If you haven't already done so, this is the time to:
- Prepare and make a plan so that you and your loved ones are ready should an evacuation be necessary.
- As part of your family's emergency plan, make sure everyone knows how and where to reconnect with each other.
- Create a Safety Profile and sign up to receive emergency alerts at Smart911.
Stage 2: Set
This is an evacuation warning that current conditions may require an immediate evacuation with little notice. You can call 258-INFO (4636) to receive additional information. You will also receive a emergency alert via text, email or phone if you have sign up for Smart911.
This is the time:
- For final preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs.
- To move livestock and pets.
- To monitor media outlets for potentially rapidly changing conditions.
Please do not wait for authorities to give an evacuation order for your area. Early self-evacuation ensures the safety of you and your family.
Stage 3: Go!
This is an evacuation order to immediately leave the area. Incident conditions present an immediate threat to persons within this area. A slow moving emergency vehicle with lights and alternating siren tones, loudspeaker announcements and/or personal contact from a responder all indicate to evacuate immediately. Remaining calm and putting your pre-planned actions in motion will be the best way to keep you and your family safe.
- This is the time for you and your family to get our of the area immediately for safety reasons!
- This is NOT the time to move personal property or livestock.
- Drive in a safe and orderly fashion on designated routes only.
- Be watchful for fast moving emergency vehicles.
Once safely moved, you may call 258-INFO (4636) for additional evacuation information. There may be a check-in center for evacuated persons, look and listen for information regarding this.