As fires like the Dixie and Tamarack burn nearby, a community conversation around wildfire, evacuation, and emergency alert notifications has resurfaced. Residents ask, “How will I know if I need to evacuate?” “
An essential tool for staying informed of official evacuation warnings or orders issued by the Sheriff’s Office or the Office of Emergency Services (OES), is the county’s opt-in emergency alert system, CodeRED. This tool requires registration and will be used county-wide, including the city of Truckee and the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City, to notify residents of an evacuation warning or evacuation order. A test of the system is scheduled for August 16, 2021. Residents and visitors spending time in the area are urged to sign up to receive the test alert and any critical emergency notification this wildfire season. .
All household members with access to a cell phone, landline or computer are encouraged to sign up to receive CodeRED emergency alert notifications. To register, visit ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts or call 211 Connecting Point for assistance by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211
CodeRED emergency alerts will not be used for every fire in Nevada County. They are used judiciously and only when considered to be a potentially serious threat to life and property or an immediate threat to life. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for conducting evacuations throughout the county. During an active incident, they are in close communication with the firefighters who are on the scene. Many factors are taken into account in determining whether an evacuation warning or order is issued. Nevada County Sheriff Moon says, “We are in direct contact with the firefighters on the ground. Together, we assess the size of the fire, the rate of spread, the number of suppression resources available, wind, temperature, topography and proximity to residences as we determine whether to send an emergency alert. emergency.
When an evacuation warning or order is required, these emergency alerts are issued by evacuation zones. In early 2021, the law enforcement, fire and emergency services community divided Nevada County into 250 different evacuation zones to speed up the evacuation response and raise community awareness during active evacuations. . To understand if a residence is subject to an evacuation warning or order, it is crucial to know the name of the area. Authorities will use area names in emergency alerts, press releases and social media to notify residents of areas subject to an evacuation warning or order. Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the evacuation areas in which they live and work. Find your evacuation zones at community.zonehaven.com by entering a home or work address in the search bar.
Pro tip! Don’t accidentally ignore an emergency alert as spam. Add CodeRED emergency alerts to your phone contacts.
- CodeRED emergency alerts will come from (866) 419-5000 or (855) 969-4636
Understand the definitions of evacuation statuses
Evacuation order. An immediate threat to life. It’s a legal order to leave now. The area is legally closed to public access.
Evacuation warning. A potential threat to life and / or property. Those who need more time to evacuate and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
Don’t wait for an official alert to evacuate early if you don’t feel safe
Officials will use several methods to help communicate evacuation warnings or orders. The police will cross the districts under evacuation using the Hi-Lo siren to communicate an evacuation order. MEPs will also establish door-to-door contact when possible. In addition to sending out a CodeRED emergency alert, officials will use social media and connect with local media to share critical information about the evacuation online and over the radio. OES Program Director Paul Cummings says, “We have learned from past forest fires like the 2018 Campfire in Heaven. We have many tools, but one of the best tools we all have is our instincts. If you see flames or smell smoke and feel unsafe, don’t wait for an official message to evacuate sooner.
Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alerts East of Donner Summit
If you live, work, visit, or recreate east of Donner Summit, be sure to sign up for Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alerts as well. These notifications are used in eastern Nevada County by the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District. From a mobile device, send “APP” to 888-777 to receive a link to download the Everbridge mobile app. Download, install and open the app. Type 96161 in the search bar to find and subscribe to the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District. The Town of Truckee will also test the Nixle Everbridge emergency alert system on August 16.
Stay informed on social networks
- Emergency Services Office: Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare for wildfires.
- Nevada County Sheriff’s Office: Twitter @NevCoSheriff and Facebook @NevadaCountySheriffsOffice
- Nevada County: Twitter @NevadaCountyCA and Facebook @NevadaCountyCA