Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

News and Announcements

Preparing for an Emergency is Important; Make Your Emergency Plan Today

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.

Contact: Casey Hatcher, 530.518.3508

In the wake of the Lumpkin Fire east of Oroville and other fires still burning in northern California, National Preparedness Month, and the reminder to Make Your Emergency Plan Today, feels critically important to many people. Preparing for an emergency is always essential. It is easy for people to forget the importance of preparing until they are reminded how quickly an emergency, such as a wildfire or flood, can happen and how critical it is to be prepared. 

September is National Preparedness Month. First responders and public service agencies throughout Butte County remind residents, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Making a pre-determined communication plan is key to ensuring the safety of your home, family, and pets whether you are planning for a wildfire, flood, power outage, or an emergency related to severe weather.

Make a Plan

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:

  1. How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies? 
  3. How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
  4. How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
  5. How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?

Visit http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for tips on making a plan as well as sample communication plans. 

Stay Informed During an Emergency

An important step in preparing for an emergency is to make sure all household members know how they will be notified during an emergency. Make sure you are able to get alerts about an emergency in Butte County. First responders and public service agencies provide emergency information in several ways.

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Reporting Well Problems Due to the Drought

News Release
Contact: Dr. Christina Buck 538-4343

Oroville, CA – July 16, 2014. Butte County is receiving a number of calls regarding household wells in Durham, outskirts of Chico, and in foothill areas that are no longer producing water, or ‘going dry’. This occurs when the groundwater level falls below the level of the pump or the bottom of the well. The Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation would like to hear from people who are experiencing problems with their private household or agricultural production wells due to the drought. Although the County cannot solve individual well problems, documenting the problems helps in our drought assessment efforts and understanding groundwater basin conditions. Well problems could include wells that have ‘gone dry’ (are no longer producing water), wells that are producing water sporadically, wells with increased sand or sediment, or reduced water pressure. A voluntary online form is available for reporting problems, http://goo.gl/fTTtHk.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 /Number of views (10982) /Categories: News and Announcements