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Evacuation Terminology

In 2020 the State of California moved to create a more consistent message regarding evacuations. They opted to utilize the same terminology throughout the state to eliminate confusion. Here is a list of the new definitions.

  • Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
  • Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
  • Shelter in Place: Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.

For more details on the updated terminology, visit the Evacuation Terminology page on the VC Emergency website.

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