Lake Co Prepare
This page is developed by the Lake County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services to serve the public by providing disaster preparedness information. To suggest changes or request additional information, use the e-mail under Contact Us tab.
Information is updated in as timely of a manner as possible but may not be real-time during an emergency. Ensure that you are registered to receive LakeCoAlerts for timely emergency information.
Use these steps to prepare for all-hazards. Some steps have a "Helpful Links" section to provide you with expanded information and other resources.
Resources organized by frequently requested topics.
5 Steps to All-Hazards Preparedness
Lake Co Alerts: Lake County Sheriff's Office (Unincorporated County)
The Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) and OES send emergency alerts via phone call to your landline or cell phone, text and/or SMS messages, email and via social media.
- For more information and to register visit LakeCoAlerts (Link).
The City of Clearlake and City of Lakeport provide alert and warning within their city limits. Registration and information provided is independent of the Sheriff's LakeCoAlerts.
- For more information about the City of Clearlake (Emergency Alerts) click here.
- For more information about the City of Lakeport (Emergency Alerts) click here.
Other Communication Pathways
No single alert and warning method should be relied on and residents are encouraged to maintain their own situational awareness to respond to an emergency (i.e. self-evacuate) if conditions warrant.
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
Lake County Sheriff's Office is an iPaws Alerting Authority and may send emergency alerts that disseminate via the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) or other alerting systems.
- EAS delivers alerts via AM, FM and satellite radio, as well as broadcast, cable and satellite TV.
- Cell phones and mobile devices receive WEA based on location.
Some communities purchase and maintain their own community warning sirens. Activation for tests and actual emergencies are conducted by the Sheriff's Office.
Genasys Protect (formerly Zonehaven) Zones
Genasys Protect is a tool that the public can use to look up their zone number ahead of an emergency. LCSO and OES use zone numbers when sending evacuation orders, shelter in place warnings and other emergency information via LakeCoAlerts.
- No account is required and it is not a service to "sign-up for". There is an option to "subscribe to alerts" when viewing zone information. This will take you to LakeCoAlerts.
- Use the embedded map below or directly visit Genasys Protect (Link) to look-up zones and view information.
- Information available during an emergency may include:
- Zone Status (i.e. Evacuation Order, Evacuation Warning, Shelter in Place)
- Road Closure(s)
- Temporary Evacuation Point(s) and/or Shelter(s)
Genasys Protect (Formerly Zonehaven) Map
Plan for Emergencies
Emergencies are stressful. Although each emergency evolves at its own pace and has unique characteristics, your planning effort ahead of time can greatly reduce stress and ensure that you are prepared to respond to the unique challenges potentially saving your life and the lives of those around you.
Your efforts, combined with the effort of first responders and OES will ensure Lake County's resilience in the face of disaster. Planning does not require extra money. Everyone can and should plan.
Plan to Go
- Pack and maintain a go-bag for you and your household. Include basic necessities (clothing, medications, non-perishable food, water and supplies) to sustain each household member for 72 hours.
- Identify potential evacuation routes. Actual evacuation routes will depend on the unique circumstances of the incident. Knowing how to get from your home/work to a main road/highway will help.
- Get to know neighbors. Establish a communication plan and identify unmet needs or unique situations (i.e. children home alone, transportation challenges, pets, work out of county, etc.) that would need to be addressed if an evacuation is ordered.
Plan to Stay
In addition to potential planned PG&E Power Safety Shutoff (PSPS), severe storms may prevent travel and/or cause unexpected power outages.
- Make a plan to remain at home for at least 72 hours. Basic necessities include non-perishable food and water, medication(s), flashlights and batteries, ice packs and ice chest.
- If you own a generator, proper maintenance and storage before, during and after use will ensure it is ready when needed. It is important to follow your owner’s manual for safe operation and storage.
- How to Pack a Go Bag (Link) - Also available at the bottom of this page.
- Prepare for Fire Season with OES (PDF)
Prepare your Home
Prior to fire season:
Fire-safe starts with defensible space. Defensible space is the upkept or landscaped buffer around your home that is designed to improve the likelihood of your home surviving a wildfire. Take time to ensure that your property is clear of dead or overgrown brush, trees, and grass.
Defensible space is categorized into three zones:
- Zone 0 (0-5 feet from the home): Remove combustible bark or mulch, all dead and dying weeds, grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches and vegetation debris around the home. Next, remove any debris from your roof, eaves, porch and gutters. This can help prevent embers from igniting your home. Relocate wood piles to Zone 3 or as far from the home as possible.
- Zone 1 (5-30 feet): This is the “lean, clean and green” zone. Remove all dry and dead vegetation from your yard. Trim trees regularly to keep separation between branches. If possible, also relocate any mobile homes, RVs, etc. to zone 3.
- Zone 2 (30-100 feet): Cut or mow grass/vegetation down to a maximum height of 4 inches. Create horizontal space between shrubs and trees. Create vertical space between grass, shrubs and trees. Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark and small branches. Keep 10' of clearance around exposed wood piles, outbuildings and propane tanks.
Prior to heavy rains:
- Clean out gutters and repair any roof leaks
- Ensure property drainage system is clear of debris
- Install weather stripping on windows
- Insulate water lines
Plan with Neighbors / Community
- Communicate: Get to know neighbors. Establish a communication plan and identify unmet needs or unique situations (i.e. children home alone, transportation challenges, pets, work out of county, etc.) that would need to be addressed if an evacuation is ordered.
- Participate: Join or establish a local Firewise Community and/or Fire Safe Council. Attend local area Town Halls or other community groups.
- Volunteer: The Lake County Sheriff's Office (Link), Search and Rescue (Link) and many area non-governmental organizations (NGOs) offer volunteer opportunities for varying skill sets. Some volunteers may be called upon to help prepare the community for disaster or respond during a disaster.