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Emergency Preparedness


Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (530) 272-1122

Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (530) 265-1515

Nevada County Dial 211 (530) 211

Nevada County Public Health-CERT Program (530) 265-7174

Nevada County Resource Conservation District (530) 272-3417

Natural Resource Conservation Service (530) 272-3417

Bureau of Land Management (916) 941-3101

Local Emergency Services

Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) works to mitigate, prepare, respond, and assist with recovery from disasters and emergencies.  Examples of these include:  mitigation – fire plan measures; preparation – evacuation exercise; response – emergency operations center; recovery – FEMA interface. OES currently has access to Federal Grant funds to assist local communities to create Emergency Preparedness Guides (EPG).  An EPG contains such things as a local area map, evacuation checklists, emergency notifications systems, and items specific to your community. An EPG is created by local community members/representatives with assistance from local public safety agencies. Funds are limited and higher priority may be given to communities located in areas with a higher threat of an emergency/disaster affecting them.  For copies of EPGs that have been published utilizing federal grant funds, go to the Public Safety Document section at Office of Emergency Services Website

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – Locally over 200 people have been trained to help their communities in a disaster or emergency.  CERT training includes disaster medical, light search and rescue, and small fire suppression skills.  If you would like to be trained to be a Disaster Service Worker, please contact the County Health Department at (530) 265-7174.

Links and documents for additional information on Emergency Preparedness

  • Homeowners Checklist - Download your copy today and see what you can do to make your home more fire safe.

To learn more about tactical wildfire structure defense, visit: Wikipedia FIRESCOPE.

Home Inventory Software

To Learn More about Preparing your Pets for Disasters Visit: The Human Society

For First Aid Tips for Pet Owners Visit: The American Veterinary Animal Foundation

For Local Animal Evacuation Assistance in Nevada County, Print and Post These Handy Contact Number

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Your Cell Phone Number and Email Address can now be added to the County Emergency Notification System - Sign Up Now!

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has contracted with the Emergency Communications Network to utilize their CodeRED Emergency Notification System. CodeRED will replace the current CityWatch Emergency Notification System beginning on June 2, 2014. CodeRed is an additional way for residents of Nevada County to be notified of emergencies to include evacuation orders if a wildfire is threatening your neighborhood.  If you desire to be notified via your AT&T residential or business phone only, no action is required on your part since your phone number is already accessible as part of the public safety data base.

In order to be notified by the CodeRED via your cable service phone line, cell phone, cell phone text messaging, and email, residents will need to manually add their information. To assure your additional contact information is included; go to the Nevada County OES website on or after June 2, 2014 and look for the CodeRED link.  

Residents who have previously registered their information on the CityWatch system will automatically have their information migrated to CodeRED.

Though all Emergency Notification systems are considered effective and efficient, you should not wait for or rely exclusively on a phone call for evacuation direction. If you think you are in immediate danger, do not hesitate to evacuate.

CodeRED will only be activated by County public safety personnel.

Examples of when the emergency notification system may be used are:

  • Evacuation Orders
  • Natural Disaster Warnings
  • Safety Alerts
  • Missing Person

You must be a resident of Nevada County to add your information into CodeRED.

For assistance adding your information into CodeRED, contact the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services at 530-265-1515 or oes@co.nevada.ca.us