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Lincoln City Evacuation Plan

A draft Lincoln City evacuation plan that looks at everything from space debris to tsunamis is now available for residents to comment and make recommendations on.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Ken Murphy said he used items and experience from other evacuations from other parts of the country in putting the evacuation plan together.

Lincoln City Emergency Plan
A PowerPoint slide provided by Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Ken Murphy

The detailed draft covers evacuation decisions an incident commander can make in an emergency, such as what areas or facilities are at risk and who should be evacuated. How to advise the public and what they should take with them is also included in the plan, as well as what travel routes should be used by evacuees.

Security of evacuated areas, animal evacuations, tourist evacuations and special needs population evacuations all have detailed sections in the plan.


“In any emergency planning we all know the importance of having a family emergency plan and emergency kits,” Murphy said. “It is vitally important to think about what you and your family will need if you have to leave your home.”

The draft plan will need to be reviewed by first responder agencies and Murphy said it’s important the City Council signs off on the plan.

“This plan is critical and I want them to be aware of the details,” he said.

The plan will be reviewed on a semi-annual basis and all changes will be tracked and recorded to make sure the most recent version of the plan is used during an emergency.

In order to implement the evacuation plan, the City will need to advertise and promote it heavily to increase awareness of it to as many citizens as possible. Local hotels, vacation rentals and retail businesses will be made aware so they can inform visitors if something happens.

The draft Lincoln City Evacuation Plan will be on the City’s website until Aug. 31, for public comment. Comments and recommendations can be emailed to [email protected].

“If you can take the time, practice evacuating your home,” Murphy said. “Remember, today’s preparations will determine tomorrow’s outcomes.”

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  1. Awareness is an important issue, during the wildfires last year, very
    little information was available. A dedicated PSA system or some better radio
    coverage, instead of regular programming.

  2. Need a traffic control plan last year was a disaster at first suggest north Lincoln go north south go south if possible. Newport was flooded over with evac. Intersections was jammed up vehicles could not get on 101 because of bumper to bumper.


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