JACKSON COUNTY, Ore — Oregon has made a new keyword available for Jackson county residents to immediately sign up for fire evacuation alerts.
Residents can text “JACKSONEVACS” to (888-777). An auto message will reply with, “JACKSONEVACS: Thank you for signing up to receive all the level 1, 2, and 3 evacuation notices issued in Jackson County.”
“It’ll support the other ways that we been alerting the communities,” Holly Powers, emergency manager with Jackson County, said. “It’s just another tool and avenue for us to share that information.”
Because of the Rogue Valley overlap, Jackson will share its database with Josephine County. Both can issue alerts on behalf of the other as backup.
The keyword for Josephine county residents has not yet been set up.
“We just found that this was the best way for us to keep our community as a whole, integrated and alerted appropriately between us.” said Powers.
Ashland state representative Pam Marsh is on the state’s wildfire committee and helped create “OR-Alert.” The system was formed following notices from seven counties including Jackson, stating that it could have provided better evacuation information for citizens.
The state can also send out evacuation alerts at counties’ request.
For more information on the OR-Alert system, visit: OR-Alert
Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]