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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 available for protecting you from the effects of an emergency situation. You will be informed by Washoe County Sheriff's deputies, local media, temporary signs, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

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. 

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 the event 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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