Natural beauty is plentiful in Yorba Linda! Our community is a great place to live and play, with over 100 miles of trails and striking neighborhoods that interface with open spaces. However, our close proximity to these incredible natural spaces also comes with the heightened risk of dangerous wildfires and hillside runoff.
With the risk of wildfires increasing as part of our drier climate, there are times when you will need to leave your home to safeguard yourself and your family.
In partnership with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange County Fire Authority, Yorba Linda has a comprehensive evacuation strategy should we need people to get out during a wildfire or other emergency event.
Evacuation Zones and Neighborhood Exits
Residents play a critical role in their own protection, so we also need you to do your part too. Evacuations, even with the extensive preparations we've made over the last several years, can be chaotic and stressful. We ask everyone in Yorba Linda, especially those living in the High Fire Severity zone, to know all exit points from your neighborhood and learn your local evacuation zone's name. Since there's no "one way to safety" that fits all disaster scenarios, knowing multiple routes to get out of your community is essential.
In an emergency situation, you won't have time to sign up for AlertOC, the City's emergency alert provider, which is why it's important to sign up now before a disaster strikes. Visit AlertOC.org and be sure to include your home address so we can send you specific updates for your neighborhood. If you move or your contact info changes, be sure to update your AlertOC profile so you never miss a notification.
During an emergency, you may also hear public safety officers providing warnings over loudspeakers, using their "hi-low" siren tones, or even going door to door. Ultimately, if you see something dangerous or are uncomfortable with a developing situation, don't wait to evacuate. If in doubt, get out!
In general, residents will need to travel downhill and downwind to safety during a wildfire. However, roads may close and conditions can change rapidly, which is why it's important to know all the ways out of your neighborhood. When evacuations are ordered, law enforcement officials will be on the scene as fast as possible to direct traffic away from danger. Please obey all directions from law enforcement officials.
What's Your Plan?
No matter where you live, you should have your own emergency evacuation plan that considers everyone in your care, including pets, kids, and elderly relatives. Visit our emergency preparedness page to learn how to create an emergency preparedness plan and what to include in an emergency kit.
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