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County of Madera


Evacuation Guidelines


  • Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
  • Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car.
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
  • Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.

If time permits:

  • Gather your disaster supplies kit.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
  • Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows. Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
  • Let others know where you are going.

Voluntary Evacuation:

Advance measures should be taken to prevent harm and to secure belongings, including livestock, because the fire has been seen in the immediate area (i.e. prepare to leave).

Mandatory Evacuation:

The fire has advanced or is in a position relative to a particular area and poses imminent danger to life and property. (i.e. time to leave).


Family Emergency Plan

Your family needs a plan that tells everyone:

  1. Where to meet if you have to evacuate
  2. Who you've identified as an out-of-state "family contact"
  3. How to get emergency information in your community
  4. How to take care of your family pets.

These two organizations, the American Red Cross and California Volunteers, both have many tools available for the entire family to use.

Click on the following website: This covers family plan, preparing your children, and valuable resources.

Preparing Those with Special Needs

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in The Provision Of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, And Human Services FEMA's reference guide outlines existing legal requirements and standards relating to access for persons with disabilities. This guide is the first in a series of disability-related guidelines FEMA will produce for disaster preparedness, response planners and service providers.

Please visit the following website:

Have an Emergency Pet Care Plan

If you evacuate, take your pet with you. Most emergency shelters do not allow animals, so have a plan for your pet. Safe places to take your pet may include homes of friends or relatives, pet friendly hotels, pet kennels or veterinary facilities. Prepare a list of contact numbers in advance. Contact your local animal control facility for information in your area.

Choose a designated care giver, such as a neighbor, friend or relative to care for your pet in the event that you are unable to do so.

Affix a Rescue Alert Sticker to the front of your residence. The sticker should include the types and number of pets in your house and veterinarian information.

Ensure that your pet wears a collar with a rabies tag at all times. Consult your veterinarian about permanent identification, such as microchipping, or registration with a pet recovery database.

Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit Including:

  • Leash, harness and / or Pet carrier
  • 1-Week supply of food and water with bowls
  • Medications and pet first aid kit
  • Copies of vaccination, medical records and a photo of you and your pet (for identification) in a waterproof container
  • Plastic bags, disinfectants, paper towels and for cats, a litter box
  • Blankets, toys and treats

During an Emergency

  • Keep your pets on hand at the first sign of an emergency. Don't allow your pets to roam loose following a disaster.
  • Call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside the danger area.
  • Keep your pet emergency kit close at hand.

For more detailed information, and brochures you can download visit the following resource web sites:

Governor's Office of Homeland Security

General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311