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Marysville, Ca. March 31, 2021 – Yuba County Sheriff with Yuba County Office of Emergency Services and our public safety partners are excited to be launching a “Know Your Zone” campaign to help county residents and businesses be better prepared for the next evacuation or emergency.

Residents simply enter their address into an interactive map (https://community.zonehaven.com) developed by Zonehaven, that includes all 130+ evacuation zones currently in Yuba County. Residents should record their zone number and review zone details before the next emergency to be better informed and able to quickly map their best path to safety. When you find your zone, you will see valuable links for additional information during an emergency, such as to Yuba Sheriff social media, Yuba Office of Emergency Services website, and Fire Emergency Services for your area. In addition, a “subscribe to alerts” button takes you directly to the county’s “Code Red” alert system to subscribe to notifications. Public Safety Power Shutoff information will also be incorporated into the platform for affected residents.

In the event of an emergency, first responders will use Zonehaven to plan and execute evacuations both large and small. They have access to real-time weather, traffic conditions, and natural disaster information; and the ability to model evacuation traffic and fire or flood spread scenarios. From Zonehaven, public safety officials will update the community with zone-specific information on the map including up-to-date evacuation status; live incident updates such re-population, and relevant resources like shelter options. For those without access to the internet or in poor cell reception areas, we will still utilize traditional media sources such as TV/Radio, Local Media, and even posted information and maps at common gathering areas during evacuations.

“Public safety during emergencies is of utmost importance to us,” said Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson. “The collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office, Yuba Co Office of Emergency Services and our fellow public safety and fire officials across the county has been vital to preparing this new emergency management tool for use in our community. We look forward to implementing this program, and we believe it will be a great help to safely expedite evacuations and improve communications in an emergency.”

“Our residents have had their share of experiences with local disaster, which is why utilizing the latest resources and technology is key,” Interim Emergency Operations Manager Briana Haberman said. “So when they said they want to know more about preparedness and evacuation routes, we listened. We’re proud to have this new tool, and are excited to share it with our community.”

The “Know Your Zone” campaign will use social media; advertising and other outreach materials to help residents easily remember to visit the site. Learn more about Zonehaven and the “Know Your Zone” campaign at myzone.zonehaven.com