Truckee Police Department

Preparing for an Emergency

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PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY | CAR Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle, and when you can back it into your driveway or garage. RED T-HANDLE If there is a power outage if you pull the red t-handle in your garage to lift the door. COMPUTER Create a personal plan for you and your family. Make sure to keep your plan up-to-date, and accessible to your family members. GO BAG Water, food, radio, flashlight, first aid kit, batteries, whistle, dust mask, moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties, manual can opener (for food), local maps, cell phone with chargers and a backup battery. PET SUPPLIES At least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container. Have a supply of medicine that your pet takes on a regular basis and their medical record. Have collars, pet carriers, and a current picture of each pet. MEDICINE CABINET At least a week-long supply of prescription medications. Have a list of all medications, dosage, and any allergies. Be sure to have extra eye glasses and hearing aid batteries. CHILD SUPPLIES Infant formula and diapers. SAFE Important family documents such as, copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. SUITCASE Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate. SLEEPING BAG OR WARM BLANKET Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. KEYS, PURSE, CELL PHONE Keys, purse, cell phone. Tell your neighbors, friends, and family to evacuate too.

Emergency Alerts

Truckee Police Department and the Truckee Fire Protection District have switched from Nixle to the CodeRED Emergency Alert System as our primary method of communication during critical incidents. CodeRED is an opt-in notification system, and these alerts may be received as text, email, landline, cell phone, and TTY. By joining CodeRED we will be on one platform with Nevada County creating consistency between our jurisdictions. Residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to CodeRED to stay informed in the event of an emergency.

If you were a subscriber of Nixle you will need to subscribe to CodeRED. Beginning June 1, 2022 all emergency alert communications will be sent via CodeRED.

Register for CodeRED emergency alerts:
• Online at CodeRED
• Call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211
• Text ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411 and follow the prompt to register

Add CodeRED to your contacts:

  • Emergency calls will originate from (866) 419-5000.
  • Non-emergency calls will originate from (855) 969-4636.
  • Texts will originate from different numbers depending on the cellular service provider.

For Frequently Asked Questions relating to CodeRED, click here.

*Beginning June 1, 2022 all emergency alert communications will be sent via CodeRED.

Understanding Evacuation

If an evacuation order is announced, leave immediately following the directions in the order. Do not attempt to take large amounts of personal items. These orders are only announced when there is imminent threat to life.

The following websites provide useful information for emergency preparedness and planning and information regarding current incidents. Take the time to plan ahead and create your own personal action plan with the useful information that can be found on these websites:

CodeRED Mobile Alert App Overview

CodeRED Emergency Alert Managed Account Overview

Know Your Zone

Listen to the experts: Know Your Zone and write it down.

Know Your Zone by Zonehaven

Authorities will use Zone Names in emergency alerts, media releases, and social media to notify residents which areas are under an evacuation warning or order. It does not replace CodeRED or Nixle but supplements them.

Not every incident will require the use of Zonehaven, just as every incident does not call for an evacuation. In the event of an evacuation incident, knowing your zone could save time when minutes count.

Know Your Zone in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Visit

2. Enter your address into the search bar

3. Find your zone in the pop-up window and write it down Help spread the word, share this video, talk to friends and family about their preparedness plan, and stay #ReadyNevadaCounty!

Stickers and magnets coming soon to fire stations and cultural events throughout Nevada County.

Disaster Preparedness with Pets

Creating an emergency plan that includes your pets could save their lives in an evacuation situation. Our Town of Truckee Animal Services Division has some great tips to help you prepare your own plan today.

Click here to view the draft of the Town of Truckee’s Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) – Alert and Warning Annex. To make public comment on the draft EOP you can email Robert Womack, Emergency Services Coordinator, at Public input will be received until Friday August 12, 2022 at 5 pm.

Tune in to Local Radio

In the event of a local emergency the Town of Truckee will provide information to the community a number of ways. Tune to the local radio stations 1670 AM, 101.5 FM – KTKE, or 780 AM – KOH for late breaking news. Truckee is within the Sacramento and Reno TV broadcast area, and stations from both areas will broadcast Emergency Alerts. In addition, the National Weather Service weather radio may be used.

Evacuation Routes

Roads & Traffic Information

Other Helpful Links