Caldor Wildfire Update
What this means for SNU students, families, faculty, staff, and community members.
image: Forest Service surveillance camera picture of the Caldor fire
Evacuation orders issued for South Lake Tahoe and adjacent areas.
Current Caldor Fire Info
Currently, North Tahoe residents in the Nevada Counties of Washoe and Douglas, and Placer County in California have not received evacuation warnings. We ask that students and employees refrain from outdoor activities due to air quality issues, and remain alert should the situation change for the North Shore. We encourage our California residents to sign up for Placer and Eldorado County alerts at calalerts.org. Be sure that you enroll in our text alert system at E2Campus if you have not done so: sierranevada.omnilert.net.
SNU leadership will closely monitor the Caldor Fire and related air quality concerns, and will communicate broadly about any closures should they become necessary. This page will be updated as the situation changes, and appropriate alerts sent through email and the E2Campus system. At this time University services are continuing as planned.
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Understanding the difference between an “evacuation warning” and a “mandatory evacuation order”
As defined by calalerts.org/evacuations:
An evacuation warning is defined as a potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
A mandatory evacuation order is defined as an immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
Preparing for evacuation:
- Plan to be out of the immediate area for a minimum of 7 days.
- Register for emergency alerts at www.readywashoe.com
- Have a planned place to go, such as a family member or friend’s home or a shelter.
- SNU is providing temporary housing at UNR for all students who need it. Contact email@example.com if you will need SNU to shelter you.
- Prepare a disaster GoBag that you can carry.
- Prescription medications or equipment that you are dependent on. Bring these items with you if an evacuation is necessary. Shelters will not have additional medication or medical equipment immediately available.
- Make a list of important personal numbers. Keep a printed list in your bag. Do not rely on electronic lists, direct-dial phone numbers, or computer organizers that may not work in an emergency.
- If you have special dietary needs, bring these special foods and supplements with you
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Walking shoes
- A mask
- Water bottle and non-perishable snacks
- Cell phone/laptop chargers and a backup battery
- Cash, ATM/Debit/credit cards
- Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records
- 2+ changes of clothes
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Local Maps. Plan your route and alternatives now.
- Laptop, laptop backup drive, and academic items to resume classes when appropriate. Back up computer data frequently.