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. Dry undergrowth on the South Yuba Rim frames the mountains in the background

    Over $1.5 Million Granted for Forest Resilience Projects in Nevada County

    Three local agencies in Nevada County have been awarded grant funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for forest resilience projects that will reduce wildfire risk and restore forest health in the region. Learn More
  2. A yellow tape measure pulled out to 6 inches sits atop blueprint. Text that reads: Building Permit

    Nevada County Provides Priority Permitting and Fee Waiver for Winter Storm Damage

    Residents and business owners with storm damage repairs in unincorporated Nevada County will receive priority permitting and have local fees waived for repair permits through for serious repairs following the February 24, 2023, winter storm. Learn More
  3. Image of a one dimension wooden cutout of a house with a calculator in the background

    Property Tax Relief as a Result of Storm Damage

    With a state and local emergency proclamation in place because of recent storm damage, qualified property owners in Nevada County might be entitled to property tax relief. Learn More
  4. Storm Damage Data - NewsFlash

    Take Nevada County’s Storm Damage Survey to Share Damage and Needs Data

    Residents and businesses can help report storm damage like down trees on their property or into structures, propane shortages, internet and phone outages, and dangerous snow loads that may threaten their building’s structural integrity. Learn More
  5. Snow Load Advisory - NewsFlash

    Snow Load Advisory: Reminder to Monitor Structures for Dangerous Snow Loads

    With significant rain in the forecast, it will be possible for the snow to act as a sponge absorbing the moisture and posing additional stress to roof structures. Learn More
  6. Scotts Flat spills during a storm on Jan. 13, 2023.

    Atmospheric River to Bring Heavy Rainfall, Raises Flooding Concerns

    The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) warns that its lower division dams will be spilling, as is typical during winter storms, and local rivers will have high, dangerous flows. Learn More
  7. Health Net Providing Special Assistance to Members Affected by Winter Storms

    Health Net wants to ensure its members have access to essential prescription medications, critical Health Net information and other healthcare services should their services be interrupted. Learn More
  8. PG&E crews use snowshoes to reach areas inaccessible to bucket trucks to repair damage.

    PG&E: Working to Restore as Many Customers as Possible Ahead of Next Storm

    PG&E reports crews continue to restore power in hard-hit Nevada County after heavy, low-elevation snowstorms caused power outages to thousands. PG&E continues to restore power using out-of-area crews and contractors to assist so power can be restored. Learn More
  9. Strong Winter Storm Predicted for Saturday through Monday

    Strong Winter Storm Predicted for Saturday through Monday

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am through Monday, March 6th at 10:00 am. Heavy snow is expected on Saturday and into Sunday morning. Learn More
  10. Wester Propane and Gas Association Logo

    Propane Industry Takes Steps to Ensure Safe, Reliable Supply Through Late-Winter Storms

    Local Emergency Response Agencies Working Closely with Industry Leaders to Support Deliveries and Provide Up-to-Date Information to the Public Learn More
  11. Nevada County Proclaims Local Emergency Due to February Winter Snowstorm

    Nevada County Proclaims Local Emergency Due to February Winter Snowstorm

    The Office of Emergency Services (OES) has proclaimed a local state of emergency for Nevada County. This proclamation is the formal step necessary to request emergency mutual aid from state and federal partners following this extreme snowstorm. Learn More
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    Nevada County Opens Warming Center at Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building

    A Warming Center is open at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building to provide a space for all Nevada County residents to charge devices and warm up. Nevada County’s Extreme Weather Shelter with Sierra Roots has moved Grass Valley Memorial Building. Learn More
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.