What is CodeRED and Why You Should Sign Up for It

Get Immediate Access to Vital Community Warnings “Code red.” You’ve heard the term in movies, and it means the same thing in real life—something important and potentially dangerous is happening. Butte County has an exclusive “CodeRED” text messaging system set up to alert residents of critical situations. Local authorities will get disaster information out to […]

What’s a Red Flag Warning Day in Butte County?

Learn how weather monitoring keeps our region safe. “Red flag warnings:” not just quirky behaviors to watch out for on a first date. Issued only by the National Weather Service, a Red Flag Warning is an alert stating temperatures, humidity, vegetation moisture levels, and winds pose a significant risk of fire within the 24 hours […]

Do you know your Zone?

know your zone pamphlet

Find it, memorize, use it if necessary. We share a lot of important fire safety tips at Be Ready, Butte!, but one of the most important things you need to remember as a Butte County resident is your evacuation zone. What are evacuation zones? Evacuation zones are different areas of the county that have been […]

NVADG: Helping Butte County by Helping Their Animals

Caring for the Evacuation Needs of Animals, Large and Small In the 1990s, two Butte area residents passed away during a wildfire because they refused to evacuate without their animals. Determined to never see this happen again, former City of Chico firefighter John Maretti founded the non-profit known as North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG). […]

Sheriff vs. Police vs. Firefighters: who does what in an emergency?

Which Local Authorities Are in Charge During a Wildfire Event? During an active wildfire situation, a lot of people may be shouting what sound like commands and orders. If the shouting is coming from a well-meaning HOA president or the pushiest neighbor on your block, please ignore them and consult one of these three sources: […]

Know the Evacuation Plan and Route for Your Community

There are plenty of very positive and effective things you can do to be ready for a wildfire, such as home hardening and creating defensible space. Just keep in mind, there can come a time during a fire event when those precautions reach the limit of their effectiveness. Sometimes a fire is just too strong, […]

Do you know 2 ways out of your house?

During an active emergency, it’s important to know multiple ways out of your home and community. How to Get Away During an Active Wildfire Getting out of the way when wildfire is heading toward you seems like a simple concept, but it’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds. For instance: 1) fire is unpredictable […]