Evacuation Procedures

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The likelihood for mass evacuation in American Canyon is limited, but we need to be prepared for that situation should it occur. When disaster strikes, you may be directed to evacuate your home or business to an evacuation shelter or community assembly site. Depending on the emergency situation, this shelter could be facility inside the American Canyon city limits or a shelter outside of the City.


Our City general operates using three levels of evacuation alerts:

Evacuation Advisory: This is a precautionary notice designed to give residents time to prepare for a possible evacuation. If you have special needs you might want to leave the area until the threat is passed. If you have livestock that needs transporting, you should move them.

Voluntary Evacuation: You are strongly urged to leave the area. If you choose to remain, you should be prepared to take action immediately if danger approaches.

Mandatory Evacuation: Danger is imminent. Find your Emergency Supply Kit and leave the area immediately. Should you choose to remain, you may be on your own as emergency personnel will not likely be able to help you.

If you hear emergency sirens or alarms, check your information sources and local radio stations 99.3FM KVYN and 1440AM KVON for evacuation information and instructions. Refrain from calling 911 during an evacuation unless you have an urgent need for help.


Earthquake: If a major earthquake should occur, there may be sections of our City, such as a neighborhood, that may be advised to evacuate. In this case, the City will work towards opening an Emergency Shelter for residents who do not have another place to go. Residents may also opt to stay with local friends and family.

Wildland Fire: Given that the properties in our City limits are not located in a high hazard zone, the likelihood of an evacuation for a fire is limited. If an evacuation order is issued, residents will be given specific instructions as to which direction to leave the area and which roadways to travel given the situation.

Other localized emergency situation such as a gas leak or hazardous materials incident: If an evacuation order is issued, residents will be given specific instructions regarding what roadways to take and which direction to drive. These instructions will be determined at the time of the incident.

* The information on this website is provided under the California Emergency Services Act (California Government Code section 8550 et seq.) and for informational purposes only. The information on this website: (1) is necessarily general and not intended to be a complete guide to all things that can or should be done in the event of an emergency, (2) is subject to change at any time including in the event of an emergency, and (3) may not apply to your specific needs and/or circumstances in the event of an emergency. Emergency preparedness is your responsibility. Relevant information regarding a particular emergency may be different than the information provided on this website. All persons should consult relevant authorities for information regarding a particular emergency. There are many sources of information for emergency preparedness and all persons should consult as many resources as possible.

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