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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Residential Debris Burn

    CAL FIRE Lifts Burn Suspension in Nevada, Yuba, & Placer Counties

    CAL FIRE in Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties has lifted the burn suspension. Cooler temperatures and winter weather mean open burning is a tool residents in unincorporated Nevada County may use to get rid of green waste. Learn More
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    Fire Weather Watch Late Sunday Night into Tuesday Evening

    Fire Weather Watch late Sunday Night into Tuesday evening for the Delta and much of the Valley, the Coastal Range, and the Northern Sierra up to 5500 feet. For the Sierra, the strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Read on...

    Apply for Defensible Space Assistance Today

    Nevada County received two grants to help low-income residents and citizens living with disabilities pay for defensible space. Residents interested in participating in the program may apply online today! Read on...
  13. County of Nevada Awarded FEMA Funding for Defensible Space Assistance (1)

    Nevada County Awarded FEMA Grant Funding for Defensible Space Assistance

    On September 28, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed two resolutions accepting grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The two programs will provide critical defensible space assistance. Read on...
  14. HWY49ProjectArea

    Second Public Meeting Scheduled for Highway 49 Improvements

    Nevada County Transportation Commission in coordination with Caltrans District 3 has been working to develop the next phase of improvements on Highway 49 between La Barr Meadows Road and the McKnight Way interchange. Read on...
  15. South County Shaded Fuel Break

    County of Nevada Awarded CAL FIRE Funding for South County Shaded Fuel Break

    CAL FIRE recently announced that the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services received grant funding to complete the South County Shaded Fuel Break. Read on...
  16. FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers for River Fire survivors to open Sept. 9-12

    FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers for River Fire survivors to open Sept. 9-12

    Placer and Nevada counties will continue their support for residents impacted by the River Fire with opportunities in both counties to connect with FEMA, CalOES and county representatives and apply for assistance. Read on...
  17. NC-PPE-350x350-v3

    No Cost Masks & Sanitizer Available for Small Businesses & Non-profits

    No cost PPE (masks and hand sanitizer) is available at locations across Nevada County for small businesses and non-profits while supplies last. Read on...
  18. Red Flag Warning 8.17.2021

    Red Flag Warning Tuesday Afternoon Through Wednesday Due to Breezy Winds and Low Humidity

    Red Flag Warning is now in effect from 1 pm today through 8 pm Wednesday for the mountains & portions of the Sacramento Valley due to gusty winds & extremely dry conditions. Read on...
  19. Copy of Fire Recovery Square Graphics

    Nevada County Evacuations Lifted for River Fire

    All evacuations for the River Fire have been lifted in Nevada County and are reflected in evacuation maps for Nevada County at www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org/Zonehaven. Read on...
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    CodeRED Emergency Alerts Explained: Understand Opt-in Alerts and the Mobile Alert App

    Nevada County Sheriff’s Office uses multiple communication tools to create a layered and redundant system to alert residents when a wildfire poses a serious potential threat to life and property. Read on...
  21. Fire Recovery Square Graphics

    Local Assistance Center for River Fire Survivors to Open Aug. 13-14

    With most mandatory evacuations now lifted for the River Fire, Placer and Nevada counties will continue their support for impacted residents with a joint local assistance center - a one-stop-shop for recovery and rebuilding information and resources. Read on...
  22. River Fire Recovery

    River Fire Recovery Resources

    Was your property lost or damaged in the River Fire? Find information on next steps at our River Fire Recovery website. Read on...
  23. Fire Recovery Square Graphics

    Re-entry Passes Available for Residents Impacted by River Fire

    Nevada County is hosting a re-entry center today. The purpose of this event is to inform residents of damages to their property and to issue a pass that will allow homeowners to return to their properties in areas still closed to the public. Read on...
  24. River Fire Relief - NewsFlash

    Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Donations for River Fire Survivors

    With over 4000 people evacuated, 2600 acres burned, and 76 structures destroyed, the River Fire is only 15% contained as of Thursday evening. The Nevada County Relief Fund established the “River Fire Fund” today to accept donations. Read on...
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    Red Flag Warning for Gusty Wind and Very Low Humidity this Afternoon through Thursday Evening

    Gusty wind, very low humidity, and extremely dry fuels combine to bring critical fire weather conditions this afternoon throughThursday evening. Read on...
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    Be Ready to “Go” During the Height of Fire Season

    Nevada County Office of Emergency Services shares more Ready, Set, Go! tips for wildfire season Read on...
  27. Penn Valley Library

    Emergency Preparedness Materials Available at Libraries, Police and Fire Stations

    This summer, OES will be at the Nevada City First Friday Artwalk, the Grass Valley Thursday Night Market, and the Nevada County Fair to help residents prepare for wildfire. While out on the town or on Treat Street, stop by the OES booth to learn more. Read on...
  28. RNC2021_CodeRENixle-Sq-NEW

    Annual Test of CodeRED Emergency Alert System Scheduled for August 16

    As fires like the Dixie and Tamarack burn nearby, a community conversation around wildfire, evacuation and emergency alert notifications has resurfaced. Residents are asking, ‘how will I know if I need to evacuate?’ Read on...
  29. OES - Cooling Center NewsFlash (1)

    Nevada County Cooling Centers Available Saturday & Sunday at the Grass Valley & Penn Valley Library

    National Weather Service Sacramento has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of Nevada County Friday at noon through Monday evening. Cooling Centers will open at the Grass Valley & Penn Valley libraries from 11am - 7pm on Saturday & Sunday. Read on...
  30. Work Begins on Ponderosa West Project

    Work Begins on Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Shaded Fuel Break

    Grass Valley- CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit in cooperation with Nevada County and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County began work on County of Nevada property as part of the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project. Read on...
  31. 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
  32. 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
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  34. 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.