Emergency Preparedness

Board Objective

Lead the community in all-hazards planning, preparedness, response, and recovery with a focus on wildfire. Do this by focusing on improving countywide evacuation safety, continuing to strengthen early alert and warning systems, creating more defensible space around properties and roadways, engaging residents in emergency preparedness and fire-safe land stewardship, leading the community in recovery from Federally declared disasters, and by mitigating the impact of Public Safety Power Shutoff events.

The Challenge

Nevada County is at risk for catastrophic wildfire and our mid-elevation west-slope location also puts us at risk for winter storms, flooding, and extreme heat and cold events.

  • 92% of Nevada County residents live in high to very high fire severity zones.
  • 560 miles of County roads and over 1,500 miles of private roads are used by residents to get to and from residences.
  • CAL FIRE has identified 10 priority projects in Nevada County that need to be implemented and maintained to defend our communities.

County Initiatives

  • Increase evacuation safety programs county-wide to save lives.
  • Improve county-wide early warning systems and emergency communications.
  • Reduce fire severity and intensity through fuels management by increasing defensible space, affordable green waste disposal, and fuel break implementation.
  • Provide a coordinated approach to wildfire preparedness through advocacy, community engagement, and project implementation.
  • Plan and train for, respond to, and recover from all hazards, with a specific emphasis on wildfires.

Learn More & Get Involved

Visit Ready Nevada County to learn more about all-hazards planning.

Follow the Office of Emergency Services on social media for updates:

  1. A person in a bright red coat stands on a hill covered in pine needles.

    Creating Defensible Space: Nevada County Services Team Up to Help Community Prep for Wildfire

    Nevada County has millions of federal grant dollars available to hire work crews to create defensible space at hundreds of homes, all at no cost to homeowners or renters. The county just needs people to apply. Learn More
  2. Two people unload and stack bottled water from a truck

    OES, Environmental Health, and NID Respond to Town of Washington Water Emergency During Winter Storm

    The Town of Washington’s drinking water supply system was severely impacted by flooding, prompting a boil water notice to 120 Town of Washington residents on January 1st. Learn More
  3. Forest_NewsFlash

    Nevada County Emergency Services Drives Three New Wildfire Community Defense Zones Forward

    At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) brought forward several wildfire planning and mitigation projects for approval, including three new large-scale community defense zones. Learn More
  4. A white car drives through a narrow road surrounded by dense brush

    Nevada County Awarded Funding for Woodpecker Ravine Shaded Fuel Break

    The $2.1 million award from CAL FIRE will support selective thinning in an area directly above the River Fire burn scar and flanked by two critical evacuation corridors – State Highway 49 to the east and State Highway 174 to the north. Learn More
  5. CodeRED Emergency Alert Test - NewsFlash

    Countywide Test of Emergency Alert Notification System on February 1, 2023

    Office of Emergency Services urges residents to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts in preparation for a test planned for February 1, 2023. The test is scheduled to run in phases throughout the day by Supervisorial District beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn More
  6. RNC Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance Survey - NewsFlash

    Provide Your Feedback: Nevada County OES Launches Survey on Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance

    All residents, property owners, and renters of unincorporated Nevada County are encouraged to provide their input. The Survey will be available through November 28th and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Learn More
  7. Eastern Nevada County Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Truckee May 20, June 4 & 17

    Free Residential Green Waste Events for Nevada County Residents in Truckee

    Heads up Nevada County residents in Truckee! Free residential green waste disposal is coming to the Truckee Rodeo Grounds – on May 20, June 4, and June 17, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn More
  8. Wildfire NewsFlash

    What Are Your Priorities for Emergency Preparedness?

    Nevada County is asking residents what is most important to them around emergency preparedness and prioritizing critical resources required to prevent and respond to disasters. Data will also be used to better analyze gaps in resources and services. Learn More
  9. Ladris Evacuation Pre-Planner Tool screenshot_NewsFlash

    Ladris and Nevada County Partner to Provide Community Evacuation Simulator Tool

    Using Ladris’ Evacuation Pre-Planner tool, Nevada County’s emergency managers and law enforcement personnel can now simulate detailed models for evacuations, traffic times, and road congestion scenarios for wildfires or other disasters. Learn More
  10. Health, Safety & Fire Preparedness Carnival Saturday, May 7 11am to 4pm (free admission)

    Health, Safety, and Fire Preparedness Carnival

    Fire trucks, police cars and helicopters - oh my! Free family fun is to be had at the Health, Safety, and Fire Preparedness Carnival this Saturday, May 7th 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Rood Center. Learn More

Progress Report

View our most recent quarterly report to see our progress on this Board objective.