Be Prepared

The City of Medford encourages its residents to take steps to be prepared for all types of emergency situations. Familiarize yourself with the different ways you and your family can prepare for an emergency.

Review Draft Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Medford is currently in the process of updated the existing Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). Please click here to view the updated draft Medford NHMP and provide your comments to by Friday, July 8.

Draft Medford NHMP(PDF, 10MB)

A natural hazard mitigation plan provides communities with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.  

This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement - Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Department of Emergency Management utilizing funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. 

With re-adoption of the plan, Medford will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding towards natural hazard mitigation projects.

Citizen Alert Test - Thursday, May 19

The City of Medford, in partnership with Jackson County Emergency Management, will conduct a Citizen Alert test for each evacuation zone on Thursday, May 19

Individuals who have registered for Citizen Alert will receive a test notification on Thursday, May 19. The notification will include the specific evacuation zone for each registered user based off the information provided at the time of signing up for Citizen Alert.

Assistance will be available for individuals who have questions about Citizen Alert and/or did not receive a test notification on the May 19 test day. Residents with questions can contact the City calling 541-774-2320 or email  for assistance with your Citizen Alert account.

The City encourages all residents to sign up for Citizen Alert. If you are signed up for Citizen Alert please make sure your information is up-to-date and note the following:

  • This test will only reach individuals who are currently signed up for Citizen Alert within Medford evacuation zones.
  • Test alerts will specify the evacuation zone that individuals have identified at the time of signing up for Citizen Alert. Individuals are able to specify five addresses for notifications (home, work, school, etc.).
  • Residents are encouraged to review their information in Citizen Alert and make sure everything is up-to-date prior to the May 19 test.
  • Add Citizen Alert to your contacts! Add the following phone numbers to your phone’s contacts so you know when you're receiving an alert from the City of Medford or Jackson County. 541-897-8556 and 88911 (text message).