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Evacuation Information

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MCALERT is a community notification system that is used to deliver messages in the event of an emergency. The system employs a combination of database and mapping technologies to allow emergency responders to pinpoint a specific geographic area and deliver the appropriate message to residents in the affected area. The system has the ability to call both listed and unlisted phone numbers. If a phone line is busy, the system has the ability to redial the number to make contact. If an answering machine picks up the call, the system has the ability to leave the emergency message on the answering machine.

It is important for residents not to rely on MCALERT notifications as their only means of emergency information. The Sheriff's OES uses the system in conjunction with information provided to the media, social media and Public Messaging to deliver directions given by emergency responders.

Evacuation Terms and Recommendations

Evacuation Advisory

Residences should be prepared to leave at moments notices or should be leaving. Advance measures should be taken to prevent harm and to secure belongings, including livestock, because the disasters has been seen in the immediate area (i.e. prepare to leave).

During an Evacuation Advisory:

  • Gather your disaster supplies kit.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
  • Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows. Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
  • Let others know where you are going.
  •  Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
  • Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car.
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped.

 Mandatory Evacuation

Residence should leave immediately. The disaster has advanced or is in a position relative to a particular area and poses imminent danger to life and property. (i.e. time to leave).

During a Mandatory Evacuation:

  • Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.


Helpful Links

Animal Shelter

Madera County Animal Shelter
14269 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638