<![CDATA[County officials are set to hold a series of meetings in Winters on the implementation of a new county-wide evacuation plan. That plan divides Yolo County into more than 90 "zones," each with its own set of evacuation plans based on the nature of any given emergency, a county official said at last week's city council meeting. Dana Carey, a spokesperson for Yolo County's Office of Emergency Services, said the idea of creating evacuation zones for the county came in 2017 after a spillway connected to the Oroville Dam threatened to fail, triggering the evacuation of more than 180,000 residents in Butte County. Those plans were accelerated following several torrential wildfires in Sonoma and Butte counties over the years as well as a large wildfire that impacted Yolo County last year. Carey said the new evacuation zones cover the entire county and were created in consultation with local, county and state officials, including "every fire and law enforcement professional throughout the county." The new zones will allow public safety personnel to issue localized evacuations to large groups of people during a civil emergency. It aims to help prevent certain lapses in communication that were evident during recent emergencies, including last year's County Fire in which emergency officials issued, then later rescinded, several evacuation orders for residents in portions of Winters. Residents can view which evacuation zone they fall under by accessing evacuate.yolocounty.org and are urged to sign up for county alerts through EverBridge by visiting www.yolo-alert.org. County officials will hold an outreach meeting on May 8 in Winters to further discuss the evacuation zones and other emergency procedures. The meeting will be held inside the Winters Fire Station, 700 Main St. at 6 p.m.
Correction: An earlier version of this article displayed an incorrect link to the county’s evacuation zone website.]]>