Preparing for the Future 

As wildfires become more frequent and more destructive, heat events become increasingly common, and climate uncertainties mean more risk of droughts, floods, and extreme weather events, Nevada County must be well prepared for ongoing natural disasters.

In the past three years alone, we have had several major wildfires, power shut-offs, drought and heat events, and major storms. The 2021 Winter Snowstorm downed large trees, which knocked over powerlines, crashed through roofs, and blocked roadways. Thousands of residents were without power, water, communications, food, medicine, and fuel for many days -- even weeks. 

Being ready today entails individual actions like clearing brush on your property, hardening your home, packing your go bags, signing up for emergency CodeRED alerts, and knowing your evacuation “Zones.” 

Preparing for the future means coming together as a community to set big goals and secure the necessary ongoing resources to make them a reality. 

Over the next several months, our Ready Nevada County team will be out in the community learning from residents about the challenges you face with respect to natural disasters. We want your opinions: 

  • What do you think are the best approaches to preparing for and preventing wildfires? 
  • What do you think are the major gaps in resources and services during a disaster?
  • How should the County prioritize resources to prevent and respond to disasters?

We want to hear from you!

Please take 5 minutes to complete our Preparing for the Future Survey and give us your input. Your responses are anonymous and will help the County of Nevada prioritize and plan for the future. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Ready Nevada County: Preparing for The Future all about?

A: Destructive wildfires have already hit our region hard, and we know that there are likely more to come. We must ensure that Nevada County is ready for this increasing fire danger and other natural disasters. Your input is important to help community leaders responsibly plan to prevent, contain, and mitigate disasters and keep our communities safe. Tell us your priorities.

Q: What community priorities have we heard so far?  

A: To date, top priorities identified by the community include:

  • Prevent and contain wildfires 
  • Reduce flammable brush countywide 
  • Recruit and retain qualified firefighters and paramedics
  • Improve emergency evacuation routes
  • Improve enforcement of illegal transient camping and fire safety laws 
  • Maintain emergency communications and early warning systems 
  • Help seniors and disabled residents maintain defensible space around their homes 

Q: What public safety needs need to be addressed? 

A:  In order to safely evacuate residents in the event of a disaster, it is critical that we have early warning systems in place, that our evacuation routes are clear of hazardous fuels, and our critical infrastructure remains fully functional in a disaster. We must invest in major fuel breaks free of hazardous fuels to defend our cities, roads, bridges, power and communication lines, schools, and police and fire stations. 

Q: What about illegal camping and campfires? 

A: Illegal camping increases the threat of wildfires countywide. Improving enforcement of illegal camping and fire safety laws would help ensure our parks, forests, trails, and other public areas are adequately monitored to prevent wildfires and are safe and secure for everyone. 

Q: Why do you want my feedback?

A: The impact of disasters threatens to outpace our resources. Responsible planning requires prioritization. That’s why we want to hear from as many residents as possible. Please tell us what’s most important to you. Take our online survey today