Adapt Your Home
We can't control when emergencies happen, but it is important to take the steps now to make sure your family is ready for anything.
Ashland is anticipated to have more frequent and severe droughts, heat waves, and wildfires. These climate change impacts will have a tangible effect on public health and the quality of life for all residents.
- Wildfire smoke can cause serious health complications, especially for those with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
- More frequent and severe heat waves can be deadly, especially for young children, the elderly, and exposed persons such as outdoor workers.
- Drought, decreased summer stream flow and reduced snowpack will put a strain on our water supply affecting our water availability.
We can't control when emergencies happen, but it is important to take the steps now to be prepared!
What You Can Do
By taking steps at home you can make sure your family and friends are ready for anything. Here are a few simple steps to help you get started.
Sign up for NIXLE
The best way to stay informed is to sign up to receive NIXLE alerts.
The City of Ashland has partnered with NIXLE for real-time emergency alerts and relevant community advisories for Ashland, such as evacuation, power outages and street closures. Residents already "opted-in" to the Jackson County Citizen Alert System will still get regional messages but have to sign up with NIXLE for City of Ashland to get specific city messaging.
Nixle Community Alert System
Use the link below to sign up online for NIXLE email, text, and/or landline alerts.
Make a Plan
Create an emergency plan for any situation.
Communication is the most critical aspect of disaster planning. You must make a plan and practice that plan with your family. Your plan should include what to do if you have to evacuate your home, place of work, or school.
- Assign each family member a role and create an emergency contact list. Consider how you will communicate with one and other and where you will meet if separated.
- If you have animals or pets, you must also consider how you will evacuate, treat and feed your animals during a disaster.
- Irreplaceable documents and important phone numbers should be in one location so these can be grabbed at a moment's notice.
Prepare a disaster supply kit
Prepare a disaster supply kit by gathering essential supplies needed to survive for 2-3 weeks.
During the critical hours following a disaster, you may need to provide your own food, water, first aid essentials, and other supplies in sufficient quantity (for you, your family, and pets). Local responders will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
Free Wildfire Safety Assessment
Sign up for the free wildfire safety assessment through Ashland's Fire Adapted Communities program.
The City of Ashland is dedicated to providing residents with the tools to create fire safe landscaping and use fire-resistant construction materials to protect lives, property and firefighters in the event of a wildfire. This free, one-hour comprehensive assessment includes a walk around your home and property where specific recommendations are provided to the landowner.
Harden your landscape to wildfire
Harden your landscape to create a defensible area around your home.
Limiting the amount of flammable vegetation, choosing fire-resistant building materials and construction techniques, along with periodic exterior maintenance in the three home ignition zones increases the chances your home will survive a wildfire when exposed to embers and/or surface fire. To learn more, schedule your free wildfire assessment.
The Community Response Emergency Team (CERT) training educates individuals about disaster preparedness
CERT training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. The two week course covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number of victims after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim.
Contact Us For Information
Use the form below to ask questions about our climate and energy programs.