Stay Safe in Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters

Surviving the summer heat

Even northern Nevada can experience very high temperatures during the summer months. Heat can be deadly. Please observe some summer safety tips:

  • Never leave children or animals in parked cars - the inside temperature of a vehicle can reach 120 degrees rapidly
  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids - especially water
  • Wear light weight and light colored clothing
  • Stay indoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day

For more information, see the Red Cross web site

If you're not prepared, winter weather can be Hazardous!

Winter Weather is responsible for thousands of injuries, illnesses and deaths each year. Staying informed and adopting some personal safety practices can help you get through the winter safely.

  • Know the risk - check the weather before you leave home in the morning. Most smart phones have local weather apps, or check weather can change quickly - be prepared for what's coming!
  • Take Action - have an emergency plan for you and your family members so everyone knows how to stay in contact during a storm. Have an emergency kit of supplies at home and in the car.
  • Encourage Others - talk to your friends and family about preparedness and be the example. Inspire others to stay safe!

For more information about winter safety, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather-Ready website:

Aerial view of Reno covered in snow

earthquake preparedness

Nevada is a seismically active region, and earthquakes can happen at any time. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) map below shows frequency of earthquake activity, with the areas in red being the most active. According to the map, most of Washoe County is a Red Zone. Some basic safety tips may help you prepare for an earthquake

FEMA US Earthquake Frequency Map

The pamphlet below contains valuable information to help you prepare for an earthquake: How to Prepare for an Earthquake