Evacuation Procedures

In the case of a fire or flood event, Yuba County Public Safety Officials may order an evacuation. Safe evacuation routes will be posted to this page. While the County has identified general evacuation routes, these routes are not posted since each emergency is unique. Only safe routes will be posted and announced.

The County uses an automated notification system, called Code Red, to notify residents and provide safe evacuation routes. The County will also issue text alerts to residents who have registered to receive them, and post evacuation routes and other critical information to this website.

A Code Red message will include the following:
  • Reason for evacuation
  • Area to be evacuated
  • Safe evacuation routes
  • Where evacuated residents can go for assistance
  • How to stay informed
  • Call back number for additional information
Evacuation orders will also be sent to local and regional media, including radio and television stations, and will also be posted on the County’s Facebook page and issued via Twitter. During an emergency, tune into the following radio stations for updates:
KSTE 92.5 AM, KFBK 1530 AM, KGBY 92.5 FM, KKCY 103.1 FM, KMYC 1410 AM, KUBA 1600 AM, KMJE 101.5 FM 
The County encourages residents to develop a Family Emergency Plan to arrange for transportation and sheltering needs in an emergency. During an emergency, the County will activate a transportation hotline for those who need transportation: (530) 749-7701.
If ordered to evacuate, do not delay. Take your emergency kit and important papers and leave as soon as possible using the approved evacuation routes. Place a call to your designated family contact to inform him/her that you are safe and provide your intended destination. Shut off utilities, if you have time and it’s safe to do so. As part of your emergency preparedness planning, please contact your utility providers for instructions on how to safely shut off utilities.

Safe Driving During an Evacuation

Drowning is the number one cause of deaths during a flood event. Remember the following:

  • Never walk or drive through flowing water.
  • Shallow, but fast-moving water can knock you off your feet. Even 12 inches of water – just a foot – is enough to lift a car off the ground and carry it into deeper, faster moving water. The depth of the water is not always obvious, especially if the road has been washed out.
  • Follow the recommended evacuation route. Don’t attempt to take shortcuts or go around safety barriers, or you may end up in harm's way. The barriers are there for a reason.
  • Be careful driving at night, when flood hazards are more difficult to identify.
  • Watch and listen for updates and changes to evacuation routes.