Does Cowlitz County have pre-identified evacuation routes?
It is not prudent to have pre-identified evacuation routes, as it cannot be known which routes may be hazardous until after an event. Many bridges and main thoroughfares could be compromised in a flood or earthquake creating a dangerous situation. Also, evacuation may not always be the best choice, for some incidents sheltering-in-place may be the recommended action. In the event of a disaster, local officials will work together to identify safe evacuation routes, and communicate that information to the public. Citizens are encouraged to listen to their local radio and/or TV stations for emergency information on the need to evacuate or take some other protective action.

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1. What does the Department of Emergency Management do?
2. What kinds of natural and man-made disasters are relevant to Cowlitz County?
3. Does my county have an emergency plan?
4. Does Cowlitz County have pre-identified evacuation routes?
5. How will the County warn me of disaster?
6. What can I do now to be better prepared?