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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Firewise Community Microgrant Program

    Microgrant Program Supports Firewise Communities to Clear Storm Debris

    The Micro-Grant program will make twenty-six grants of $3600 each available for projects that increase defensible space around homes, remove hazardous vegetation from private lands, or clear evacuation routes on private roadways this summer. 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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Storm Green Waste Debris

    Nevada County Offers Free Storm Green Waste Disposal

    Nevada County offers free storm-related green waste disposal at 12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley on March 11-13, March 25- 27, and April 8-10 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Learn More
  10. Volunteers Help Load Firewood 1.2.2022

    Firewood Available for Residents without Power

    Nevada County has firewood pick-up locations across Nevada City and Grass Valley to make firewood available to residents without power. Learn More
  11. Sierra Roots WEATHER SHELTER_NewsFlash

    County Opens Two Overflow Emergency Shelters Tonight, December 27th

    The County is opening two shelters in Nevada City at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room and the lower level of the Nevada City Veterans Hall. The shelters open at 4:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 a.m. Learn More
  12. Sand and Sandbags

    Rain on the Way

    The National Weather Service Sacramento is predicting rain over the next week. To prepare, free sand and sandbags are available for pickup at four convenient locations. Learn More
  13. Sierra Roots WEATHER SHELTER_NewsFlash

    County Opens Two Overflow Emergency Shelters Tonight and Tomorrow, December 28th and 29th

    Considering the weather prediction and widespread power outages, Nevada County and Sierra Roots are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for tonight and tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Learn More
  14. Sierra Roots WEATHER SHELTER_NewsFlash

    Two County Overflow Emergency Shelters Remain Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights

    Considering the weather prediction and widespread power outages, Nevada County and Sierra Roots are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol through Saturday for the nights of December 30th, December 31st and January 1st. Learn More
  15. 211 Connecting Point graphic_NewsFlash
  16. YubaNet Webinar Winter Storm Update (350 x 350 px)

    Webinar: Winter Storm Update for Nevada County

    Panelists from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, County Emergency Operations Center, CAL FIRE, and PG&E will share the latest updates on the storm’s impact, emergency response efforts to date and available resources and services. Learn More

Progress Report

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