Emergency Evacuation Guide

Do YOU have a plan? Are YOU ready? 
The California wildfires have served as a catalyst for many emergency preparedness discussions throughout our county and community. The devastation and loss of life witnessed in Paradise is a stark illustration of why we as a community need to use as many preparedness tools as possible and ensure that our communication of critical information reaches all of our residents and visitors. 

Here’s where YOU come in 
When we message our community with an evacuation order, we want you to get the alert. We use Nixle as our primary emergency alert notification system. When an evacuation is ordered, that information will be sent through Nixle alerts. Text our zip code, 96161, to 888777 to opt in right now. Make sure your friends, neighbors, or people who rent your home sign up.

When that alert is received, what should YOU do? 
Do you have a “go” bag, enough gas in your car, or do you know where you’re headed? Preparedness can save you precious minutes of time. These minutes can be the difference between life and death. In emergency preparedness, “milling” is the minutes spent pondering what things to bring, what you may need, and how to pack it all into your car. Listen to our alerts in advance, have a plan, know where to go, and GO when we say GO!
Emergency evacuation plans are geared toward the entire community. They are not individual plans for households in every scenario. Having a personal preparedness plan is critical for you to be able to react appropriately when told to GO!

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Town of Truckee Evacuation Routes

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In the event of a local emergency the Town of Truckee will provide information to the community a number of ways. Tune to the local radio stations 1670 AM, 101.5 FM - KTKE, or 780 AM - KOH for late breaking news.    

If an evacuation order is announced, leave immediately following the directions in the order. Do not attempt to take large amounts of personal items. These orders are only announced when there is imminent threat to life.

Emergency Evacuation Language

Residents should familiarize themselves with the evacuation language below and register for CodeRed, the County's emergency alert system, to prepare for an emergency event. Registering your landline or your cell phone can alert you of an emergency in your neighborhood.

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  • Immediate Evacuation Order

    Requires the immediate movement of people out of an affected area due to an imminent threat to life. Choosing to stay could result in loss of life. Staying may also impede the work of emergency personnel. Due to the changing nature of the emergency, this Immediate Evacuation Order may be the only warning that people in the affected area(s) receive.

  • Evacuation Warning

    Alerts people in an affected area(s) of potential threat to life and property. People who need additional time should consider evacuating at this time. An Evacuation Warning considers the probability that an area will be affected and prepares people for a potential Immediate Evacuation Order.

  • Shelter-In-Place

    Advises people to stay secure at their current location by remaining in place as evacuation will cause a higher potential for loss of life.

  • Rescue

    Emergency actions taken within the affected area to recover and remove injured or trapped citizens. Responders have specific training and personal protective equipment necessary to accomplish the mission i.e., hazard material spill, swift-water rescue, etc. Boundaries of the areas where rescue is planned should be identified on the incident map with notification that entry is restricted to rescue workers only.

When an emergency happens, it is important to understand what to do to help keep you and your family safe. This could be evacuating immediately, preparing to evacuate, sheltering-in-place, or being rescued. Remember, if a public safety official tells you that need to evacuate it is because your safety is immediately threatened and you could be interfering in the work of emergency personnel by staying in an area.

Prepare for a wildfire with the 2017-2018 Fire Season Guide created in partnership by Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES), Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and local public safety agencies. If you need assistance signing-up for CodeRed call Nevada County OES at 530.265.1212