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Be Prepared, Plan in Advance of a Disaster
The City of Ukiah is vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters including earthquakes, fires, and floods. As a city our most important responsibility is to protect the public and ensure that everyone is ready to respond to and recover from potential disasters.
All residents, local employees and visitors are encouraged to take actions to improve their individual preparedness. In a major disaster, resources will be spread thin, leading to potential delays in delivering help. Citizens can equip and educate themselves in the event a disaster occurs by being prepared.
Know Your Zone
Evacuation Zones were developed by local emergency personnel including fire, law enforcement, and the Office of Emergency Services. Evacuation zones assist in coordinating safe and efficient evacuations.
Evacuation Zones Used in Emergencies
Zones are designated 1 – 8. In the event of an emergency, residents of one or more zones may be directed to evacuate depending on the emergency. If you live in a zone that has been ordered to evacuate, Get Out! The best way to prepare for any emergency is to know your zone and plan your destination in the event of an evacuation.
Know Your Zone
In the event of an emergency event, local officials will consider threats, traffic routes, and other factors to identify and prioritize zones to be evacuated. While all zones won’t be evacuated in every event, emergency managers will work with local media, send alert notifications, and use other outreach tools to notify residents and visitors of impacted zones and evacuation instructions.
My Zone Has Been Ordered to Evacuate
Now What Do I Do?
Evacuations are only called for when the lives and safety of those in the area being evacuated are at risk. Once an evacuation has been called, gather your belongings (including your emergency supply kit) and leave as soon as possible. If time allows, secure your home by locking doors and windows. If you have your universal evacuation sign, place it in a window that can be seen by first responders. By following evacuation orders, you are protecting both yourself and first responders.
The Emergency Is Over Can I Go Home?
Local officials will determine when it is safe to travel and return home. It’s likely that a staged re-entry process will be implemented to allow for a safe and orderly return to allow the recovery process to begin. To prepare for re-entry, ensure you have proper identification.
You should prepare now by packing necessary items and preparing your family, pets, and vehicle for potential departure. Remember the 6 - P’s:
- A Plan for the persons in your family (including a meeting place.)
- Personal items (including toiletries, food and water for 2-3 days, and special personal possessions.)
- Prescriptions - Have your full, current supply of prescriptions packed.
- Photographs (and other mementos) which cannot be replaced.
- Pets - Have a plan in place and pets secured so frightened pets don’t escape fenced yards or kennels.
- Papers - Pack all important papers, including reference phone numbers, account numbers, etc.
Now is the time to move persons with mobility or medical issues.
If you have livestock or large animals, please move them to a safe place now!
Please use common sense and evacuate at any time you feel uncomfortable or see active fire.
Evacuation Order or Mandatory Evacuation
Occupants of the affected area(s) are asked to leave within a specified time period, by pre-designated route(s). Perimeter roadblocks are typically established. At this stage:
- You should take your family, pets, and necessary items including medications and important papers and evacuate now.
- Drive with your lights on, safely and SLOWLY remaining aware of your surroundings as you leave.
- Once, safely evacuated, check in with your local Red Cross shelter (even if you don’t intend to stay there). Check in with them to let them know where you will be in case your family is looking for you.
Building Community Preparedness and Resilience Skills
"Building Together" Training Sessions
As part of a community-wide disaster preparedness outreach effort, the City of Ukiah periodically offers training sessions for residents. The one-hour "Building Together" sessions provide residents with an overview of the importance of disaster preparedness and information about what individuals can do to help make themselves and their community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to natural or man-made disasters. Information from past presentations is available below.
- January 24, 2019 - Building Community Disaster Preparedness, Part 1
- February 28, 2019 - Building Community Disaster Preparedness, Part 2
- March 28, 2019 - Building Community Disaster Preparedness, Part 3
- August 8, 2019 - Public Safety Power Shutoff Preparedness
- October 10, 2019 - Building Community Disaster Preparedness, Earthquakes
- Disaster Planning
- Power Outages
- How to Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit
- Creating an Evacuation Plan
- Accessing Available Resources
- Helping People with Special Needs
- Decision Making in a Disaster
- Common Local Hazards
- Emergency Alerts
- Emergency Management Processes
- Community Resilience
- Communication Planning
- Neighborhood Safety
For questions or more information, please call Tami Bartolomei at 707-467-5765.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) North Coast Opportunities, Volunteer Network provide a training program that offers a series of classes (20 hours total) during which you’ll learn more in-depth, crucial information about fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and more. To find out when the next training is contact North Coast Opportunities, Volunteer Network.
Stay Connected - Get Notified
Get Alerts from Local Agencies
- Ukiah Police Department
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- City of Ukiah Office of Emergency Management
MendoAlert (Everbridge) is the primary means of notification used by Mendocino County. This system allows registered users to receive emergency alerts and notifications via text message, phone calls, and email. Users can register multiple communication methods (home phone, cell phone, email, etc) and addresses to better ensure vital messages are delivered successfully. Alerts and notifications are sent to a specific geographic area and only registered users in that area are notified. For example, a resident living in Fort Bragg would not be notified of an emergency in Hopland.
The geography, weather patterns and number of Wildland Urban Interface communities in California make it a state particularly threatened by devastating wildfire. To help educate property owners and residents in areas most at risk, CAL FIRE has developed a communications program called “Ready, Set, Go!” that breaks down the actions needed to be ready for wildfire.
How to Keep Your Business Safe After a Disaster
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 40% of businesses never reopen after a natural disaster. At West Business Development Center we know the reality of this fact all too well after the fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties. To address this all important issue we have produced What to Do When Disaster Strikes Your Business program. It includes a 2 hour workshop, a 56 page workbook and 10 hours of free personalized advising to help you get organized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is the primary local coordination agency for emergencies and disasters affecting residents, public infrastructure, and government operations in the Mendocino County Operational Area.
An organization whose mission is to help the citizens of Mendocino County survive and thrive in a fire-prone environment.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and Office of Emergency Services use Everbridge as their mass notification and emergency alert vendor for Mendocino County. All residents are urged to immediately register for the alert and notification system in order to receive critical emergency and life safety notifications.
Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flooding often occurs following a hurricane, thawing snow, or several days of sustained rain. Flash floods occur suddenly, due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area. Learn what to do to keep your loved ones safe!