Prepare for a Disaster

An aerial photo looking at Marysville surrounded by water during the 1997 flood.

Yuba Water Agency does everything it can to prevent flooding and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. From the tip of the Yuba River watershed, down to the valley floor, Yuba Water works with many local, state and federal partners to help protect residents and communities from the next natural disaster. However, anytime you live near a levee or below a dam, you are at risk of flooding. There is always a possibility that a storm will come along that is bigger than the system was designed to handle. And despite the unwavering beauty of the Yuba County foothills, the risk of a wildfire is ever-present. 

There are many things you can do to prepare yourself, your home and your family for flooding and wildfire.

Resources to help you prepare for a flood and wildfire

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CodeRED: Yuba County uses an automated notification system, called CodeRED, to notify residents and provide safe evacuation routes. Register for emergency alerts.


Zonehaven AWARE: Zonehaven is your go-to for evacuation mapping information. Know your zone and bookmark this page for current evacuations.


Yuba County Office of Emergency Services: Bookmark the Yuba County OES page and refer to it during an emergency.


Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council: Yuba County's local fire safe council offers resources, programs and information about how to protect property and lives.

Flood preparedness tips

  • Know your risk: Know whether your home is in a flood zone; pay attention to weather forecasts; and listen to local authorities.
  • Be prepared: Always have an emergency evacuation kit ready; be prepared to evacuate early; have a household inventory with copies of critical documents; and have a plan for where you will go in an emergency and what to do with your pets.
  • Take action: Evacuate immediately when advised. Also, homeowners’ insurance does not cover damage due to flooding; consider purchasing flood insurance.

Additional disaster preparedness resources