Stay Informed

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.

The 1st step is knowing the risks you and your home face. Please visit to find out your flood or wildfire risk. 

The 2nd step is knowing where you can get relevant information during an emergency. Local emergency management officials will continually update local media with important information. Citizens should monitor local television stations and radio emergency alerts, and credible social media accounts for up-to-date information. 

Washoe County Emergency Management in conjunction with GIS has created a map to stay informed as to fires, evacuations, and shelter locations. This map is informational and may have a delay in updated information in an actual event: 

Informational Map


Citizens can register for reverse telephone notification, as well as other notifications concerning alerts, through a vendor called Code Red.
To sign up, click on the “Regional Notification” link on the menu and follow the instructions.

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.