Evacuation Alerting Tools
Depending on the emergency and the conditions, public safety officials may utilize a variety of ways to alert you that it is time to evacuate. Below is information on local alerting systems that you need to be aware of for an evacuation. Reminder: Always use your best judgment in an emergency. If you feel unsafe, spot fires ignite, or conditions change, don’t wait for an evacuation order; leave early if unsure to avoid being trapped by severe conditions.
AlertLCF – Notification by phone call, text, and/or email
In the event of an evacuation, local emergency officials will use AlertLCF to reach you. You must register for emergency notifications at ALERT LCF to receive evacuations notices by phone call, text, and/or email. Evacuation notices sent through ALERT LCF will use the following terminology:
- 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.
Additional Alerting Tools
Additional alerting tools such as WEA, and social media will also be used to notify you in the event of a large-scale emergency evacuation. Learn more about all of these systems at KnowYourAlerts.