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Emergency Preparedness

People who visit our beautiful community rarely think of the disasters that may occur. Most disasters happen without warning. Therefore, we all need to be responsible for our communities, our families, and ourselves to ensure we are prepared.  Public safety officials will determine if an evacuation is the most effective means to protect you from an emergency situation's effects. 

When a crisis occurs, local public safety officials use a few methods to alert the public:

  1. The Emergency Alert System (EAS). This system delivers messages via broadcast on radio and television. Please note that all radio and TV stations have EAS equipment and receive activations with the exception of KNIS and KLRH, they do not rebroadcast local EAS activations. Spectrum Cable also carries local EAS activations, as does the  Virginia City cable company. 
  2. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). These messages come to your cell phone via text and voice. 
  3. Reverse-dial. A pre-recorded message is sent to your landline.
  4. Email. By signing up in CodeRED you can choose to receive notifications via email. 
  5. Social & Traditional Media.

Please take time and become well-versed in our Emergency Preparedness Guide . We also have a Spanish version . This guide covers the necessary steps to make a family emergency plan, an evacuation plan, and how to prepare a disaster supplies kit. Review your  evacuation checklist  to make sure you have everything you need for your supplies kit and ensure your home preparations are addressed so if you have to evacuate, everything is in order. Part of home preparations is having Defensible Space. The Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness booklet is a great resource to help you create yours. You can also visit Tahoe Living With Firefor helpful tips on emergency preparedness.

Document your home inventory and important papers here.

You can also visit Ready Washoe to learn how to:

  1. Make a plan
  2. Assemble a kit
  3. Stay informed

Emergency Alerts

Please take a moment to register for CODE RED to be notified by your local agencies in case of emergencies or critical community alerts. Examples include evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports. 

Register for Emergency Alerts

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