As wildfires continue to burn statewide – from San Diego to the Sierra – it’s important to be aware and prepared if ordered to evacuate.
Each county in California has an alerting program that residents can sign up for to receive alerts of an emergency situation. Sign up for the county where you work, or where you live, or both.
Staying informed by signing up for emergency alerts can be a simple life-saving tool. Receive immediate notification on cell phones, landlines and other mobile devices for when threats in specific geographical areas warrant an evacuation.
California standard statewide evacuation terminology includes the following:
Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
Shelter in Place: Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.
Evacuation Order(s) Lifted: The formal announcement of lifting evacuations in an area currently under evacuation.
Hard Closure: Closed to all traffic except Fire and Law Enforcement.
Soft Closure: Closed to all traffic except Fire, Law Enforcement and critical Incident resources (i.e. Utility, Caltrans, City/County Roads etc. or those needed to repair or restore infrastructure).
Resident Only Closure: Soft closure with the additional allowance of residents and local government agencies assisting with response and recovery.
Visit calalerts.org to sign up now.