Evacuation Procedures

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The Amador County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services would like the public to be prepared for evacuations and to be familiar with the evacuation terminology used by our Office.  There is also a form that is designed to be distributed when time allows in an area to be evacuated.  The front of the form will tell you what type of an emergency or disaster is occurring and what level of evacuation order is being issued. The back of the form gives instructions on evacuation and sheltering in place. The following are explanations of evacuation terminology:

To view the actual Evacuation Notice, click here.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION

An Emergency Evacuation means that you MUST leave the area IMMEDIATELY; your life is in danger.  An Emergency Evacuation notice is issued when a hazard is moving towards an area and there is an immediate threat to life and property.  You may receive notice of an Emergency Evacuation in several different ways.  You may be notified in person by a law enforcement officer, by a vehicle with a public address system traveling roads in your neighborhood, by telephone using the CodeRED Emergency Notification System, or by listening to your local Emergency Alert Radio station of KFBK 1530AM or the local Hometown Radio.  Under these circumstances the situation is severe and you may not have time to gather special belongings or paperwork, every minute you delay could increase your danger.  Please do not take this order lightly; it is for your safety.  Remember to follow any instructions you receive from a law enforcement officer.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATION

A Voluntary Evacuation means that we think the area is going to be impacted and we encourage those residents willing and able to leave the area.  The medically fragile or those with livestock or large pets may want to begin making transportation arrangements.  Under this evacuation order you do not have to leave the area.  We recommend that you begin making arrangements to leave.  Conditions can change rapidly creating a threatening situation to occur and this may be your only notice to evacuate the area.  We hope that many of the evacuees could go to either a friend or relatives home temporarily while the emergency situation is abated.  If necessary, an American Red Cross shelter will be opened. 

SHELTERING IN PLACE

Sheltering in your home or place of business means that you should NOT leave the safety of the building you are currently in to leave the area.  In a number of instances residents are safer staying indoors, closing the windows, shutting off the heating and air systems and staying inside the building than they would be traveling through the disaster area.  Under certain circumstances gases or vapors will dissipate to the point where they are no longer harmful.  Try to understand that we have your safety and security in mind when issuing this type of an order.  Information on the nature and duration of shelter in place order will be disseminated on your local Emergency Alert station of KFBK 1530 AM, the local Hometown Radio KVGC 1340 AM or other local media outlets.

For detailed information with illustrations on Sheltering-In-Place, click here.

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