EUGENE, Ore. -- Local leaders in Eugene and Springfield are launching a new way to help residents near both cities evacuate in the event of an emergency.
Eugene-Springfield Fire helped split up Eugene and Springfield into dozens of different zones that will help narrow down which residents need to evacuate and where they need to go.
The emergency zones could be used in case of an emergency like severe weather, wildfires and flooding.
The evacuation zones will allow community members, emergency services, emergency managers, and 9-1-1 to use the same language when trying to coordinate an evacuation. The numbered zones cover both cities, fire districts and extend past urban growth boundaries.
Lane County will continue to send emergency alerts for evacuations to your cell phone and over radio and TV, and this will make that process smoother.
If you want to learn what zone you’re in, the city has posted an interactive map on their website.