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Tahoe chief’s corner: Staying informed during an emergency

Mike Brown
Special to the Bonanza
Mike Brown

With the big Community Evacuation Drill coming up on May 30 in Incline, I wanted to remind residents about the importance of being properly informed during an emergency.

Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your neighborhood. Washoe County plans for 13 different hazards. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.

Local emergency management officials will continually be updating the local media during the events of an emergency.

Citizens should monitor local television stations and radio emergency alerts. It is a good idea to have a battery-operated radio included in your evacuation kit.

Citizens can register for reverse telephone notification, called Code Red. To sign up, go washoecounty.us/em/alert.html and follow the instructions.

Know the difference between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.

Know what actions to take to protect yourself during disasters that may occur in areas where you travel or have moved recently.

For example, if you travel to a place where earthquakes are common and you are not familiar with them, make sure you know what to do to protect yourself should one occur.


The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District along with Washoe County Emergency Management, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID, and cooperating agencies will host a Community Evacuation Drill on Saturday, May 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The “Mill Creek Evacuation Drill” will affect the upper and lower Fairview neighborhoods, Tyrolian Village/Bitterbrush, and Lower Tyrolia area subdivisions, affecting approximately 1,100 residents.

Residents are asked to voluntarily evacuate to the lower parking lot of Diamond Peak. Please visit nltfpd.net for a map of the affected areas.

Community information meetings will be held Saturday, May 16, at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 19, at 6-9 p.m. at the Incline Station Training Room, 863 Tanager St.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.