Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Management concerns involve:

  • Avalanches
  • Earthquakes
  • Fires
  • Flash floods
  • Floods
  • Hazardous materials
  • Mud and dirt slides
  • Sinkholes
  • Terrorism
  • Wind
  • Winter storms
  • Any other type of natural or man-made disaster event
Today, public participation plays a big part of emergency preparedness.

First Line of Preparedness

The first line of emergency preparedness lies with each of us as citizens and business owners in the county. While Storey County emergency services (Fire/Sheriff/Emergency Management, etc) strive to ensure the safety and well being of our customers ( the citizens), every county resident--and every Nevadan--must do their part to help out and be prepared.

3 Day Self-Reliance

All residents should plan to be self sufficient for the first 72 hours of any major event that may impact the county infrastructure:

  • Gas
  • Power
  • Water
Advance preparation to be able to take care of oneself or family during major or catastrophic events is a responsibility each of us must accept and prepare for. Depending on the type of event, assistance or rescue may be impaired by many things, so preparation to care for oneself and ones family is incumbent on you. This means having sufficient water and food available for that 72 hour period for each member of your family in your home.


Please download the Citizen Evacuation Checklist (PDF) to make sure that you are prepared in the event that you are asked to evacuation from your home.


The traditional emergencies and disasters that we normally think of have now been expanded to include terrorism. As you go about your day, remember to be alert and aware of your surroundings. If you should encounter anything suspicious, be sure to inform local law enforcement or fire agencies immediately. This may include:

  • Suspicious or abandoned packages or mail
  • Strangers loitering around your neighborhood or in places where they would not normally be
  • Persons loitering around schools, parks, or secluded areas
  • The presence of strange or offensive odors emanating from a residence or building
  • Unofficial persons tampering with electrical, gas, or sewer systems
  • Persons photographing or sketching important infrastructure facilities in the county
If something just doesn't seem right and proper, it may not be. Don't be afraid to notify an appropriate public safety agency regarding your observations or concerns.