Roadmap to Resilience

Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services is embarking on a countywide effort to plan for all-hazards that may impact our community and we are calling it our Roadmap to Resilience

The roadmap consists of three core plans – the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and an Evacuation Study. These planning efforts involve working closely with residents and community partners to ensure that the hazards we face are articulated accurately, that priorities are identified collaboratively, and that the resultant recommendations are actionable. We hope you'll join us to provide your insight along the way. 


Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Nevada County Community Wildfire Protection Plan Survey Opens in new windowThe best Community Wildfire Protection Plans are informed by the people they serve and we want to hear from you! Help shape the Roadmap to Resilience.  Take the survey today!

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan drills down into the specific hazard of wildfire, as referenced in the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. It articulates the hazards that we face within our county, ranks these hazards against one another, and then overlays these hazards with what is at risk. In other words, it allows us to prioritize the things that are important to us and to focus on protecting these things.  


Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Nevada County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Photo  of Ladder FuelStep one in the Nevada County Roadmap to Resilience is the 10,000 foot level – Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (LHMP). This is a Multi-Jurisdictional Plan that addresses all hazards county-wide, including wildfire.  Jurisdictions included in this effort are County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, Town of Truckee, Nevada Irrigation District, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, and Washington Water District. The goal of hazard mitigation planning is to minimize the impact of future disasters. 


Fire Access RoadNevada County has unique challenges when it comes to evacuation which is why CAL FIRE granted $135,422 to develop an Evacuation Study. With this study Nevada County intends to pair local technical expertise with wildfire behavior and traffic modeling. The goal is to identify and prioritize feasible evacuation route improvement projects. 

The Evacuation Study will consist of three parts – two appendices and the "study" itself. Appendix A of this study will consist of community-driven concerns. This Appendix will document the input that OES and the Department of Public Works receives from community members of the evacuation opportunities and constraints faced. These community concerns will help inform the development of future grants and represent key areas of concern for the community.

Appendix B of the study will consist of wildfire and traffic modeling analysis by Ladris. They will model and rank a range of scenarios across the County to identify areas of greatest concern.

The Study itself will utilize  behavior and traffic analyses of the top five highest priority areas which are the outcomes of the Ladris analysis. These scenarios will be analyzed by a licensed traffic engineer and certified Fire Behavior Analyst and the outcome will be identification of defensible projects that may be put forward as projects for future funding. Down the road, after the top five projects are implemented, the two appendices will be revisited and another round of in-depth analysis conducted to identify additional priority projects.