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Office of Emergency Services

Posted on: July 2, 2020

A Message from the Office of Emergency Services

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On this holiday weekend, we want to extend our gratitude to the residents of Lake Wildwood and the surrounding areas for reporting the recent fire, staying situationally aware via trusted news sources like, checking in with their 5 emergency allies, and allowing our first responders the time and space to do their jobs.

Thanks to preparedness measures, fire fighters were able to get the situation quickly under control and there was no need for a CodeRED Emergency Alert to issue an Evacuation Warning or Order.

At the heart of Ready Nevada County is the continued community commitment to stay engaged, stay prepared and help others do the same.

Please take this time to learn more about CodeRED Emergency Alert usage and be sure to sign up. We see our CodeRED enrollments increasing every day and know each number represents a friend, neighbor, loved one in Nevada County. *

Even with the challenges we are facing, there is a lot to celebrate. The heroic efforts of our firefighting community, as well as our informed, engaged citizenry are certainly some of them.

Happy Fourth of July. And please, no fireworks!

Who determines when an emergency alert is sent to Nevada County residents?

In the event of a wildfire, CodeRED Emergency Alerts are issued at the direction of the on-scene Incident Commander to communicate a call to action. The Incident Commander, in coordination with the Sheriff’s Department, determines when an Evacuation Warning, Evacuation Order, or Shelter in Place Order CodeRED Emergency Alert is warranted.

The Incident Commander is responsible for all aspects of on-scene response. CodeRED Emergency Alerts are an important tool used by Law Enforcement when it is deemed necessary to issue an order to the residents of a specific area, such as evacuate or shelter in place. It is not used to update the public on incidents which do not pose a threat to life or property. If there is a potential or immediate threat, an Evacuation Warning/Order will be issued.

*Definition Reminders*

  • Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

  • Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access. 

  • Shelter in Place Order: Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.

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