Office of Emergency Management
During disasters or large scale incidents the Butte County OEM coordinates the overall response through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). When activated, the EOC provides a central location for responding and supporting agencies to collaborate response and recovery efforts in order to effectively and efficiently provide information and deploy resources. In non disaster times the Butte County OEM supports and coordinates disaster planning, community preparedness, mitigation, and training.

Ready, Set, Go! Video Series

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Ready

Part 3: Set

Part 4: Go

Camp Fire Video Series - Lessons Learned

The videos below are a four-part series of lessons learned in Butte County in the wake of the Camp Fire.

Part 1: Preparation - Camp Fire Lessons Learned

Part 2: Day of Fire - Camp Fire Lessons Learned

Part 3: Aftermath - Camp Fire Lessons Learned

Part 4: Lessons Learned - Camp Fire Lessons Learned

Doom the Broom

The Butte Fire Safe Council created a website with information specific to Broom, a yellow blooming shrub that is quick to sprout and grow but increases wildfire danger. For more information on Broom and how it is impacting the Camp Fire Burn Scar, check out Doom the Broom.

Home Insurance Finder

Many California residents have a hard time finding home insurance because of local fire risk. If you're looking for home insurance, try the Home Insurance Finder to receive multiple insurance quotes, a consumer buying guide and a home value estimate. 

California Earthquake Early Warning

Earthquake Warning California is the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system that could give California residents crucial seconds to take cover before you feel shaking. Managed by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Earthquake Warning California uses ground motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and can notify Californians to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in advance of an earthquake. More information is available at Earthquake Warning California.

What if I need to evacuate?

  • Be familiar with routes in and out of your neighborhood and community. Practice driving these routes during the day and at night.
  • Does your community have an evacuation plan and map?
  • Do you live in one of the evacuation zones? Communities in South Butte County, as well as the Town of Paradise and Magalia, have pre-identified evacuation zones due to their population density for flood and fire respectively. 
  • Maintain awareness during developing emergencies. If you feel threatened, don't wait for an evacuation order. Also alert family and neighbors. 
  • Prepare your family for a possible evacuation. 
  • Be ember aware.
  • Do you have a go bag? Put it in your vehicle and back into the driveway or garage with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed.
  • Do you have animals? Be prepared to take them with you.
  • Promptly follow the instructions and evacuation orders given by public safety officials. 

What Does it All Mean?

Immediate Evacuation Order:

Requires the immediate movement of people out of an affected area due to an imminent threat to life. Choosing to stay could result in loss of life. Staying may also impede the work of emergency personnel. Due to the changing nature of the emergency, this Immediate Evacuation Order may be the only warning that people in the affected area (s) receive.

Evacuation Warning:

Alerts people in an affected area (s) of potential threat to life and property. People who need additional time should consider evacuating at this time. An Evacuation Warning considers the probability that an area will be affected and prepares people for a potential Immediate Evacuation Order.


Advises people to stay secure at their current location by remaining in place as evacuation will cause a higher potential for loss of life.

Public Assembly Point:

A temporary assembly area that provides a safe haven for evacuees to assemble until conditions subside and evacuation routes are accessible, or for evacuees who otherwise cannot evacuate the community on their own and need assistance to be moved to a shelter. NOTE: Evacuees who are capable of evacuating on their own to designated shelters or other areas outside of their community do not need to go to Public Assembly Points unless directed by public safety officials.

When can I go back home?

You may not be able to get back into the area for several hours or several days depending upon emergency conditions. Public safety officials working with utility companies and other agencies must ensure that the area is safe for residents to return, considerations include ensuring the fire or other emergency has been abated, hazard trees removed and utilities restored or secured to name a few.  Stay informed for news of when the threat is mitigated and access is given to residents with identification.

Flood Evacuation Zones in South Butte County

There are 11 Flood Evacuation Zones in South Butte County. The zones cover the Cities of Oroville, Gridley, Biggs, and the surrounding unincorporated communities from the Oroville Dam south to the Butte County line on both sides of the Feather River. Each Evacuation Zone includes a recommended Evacuation Route, Public Assembly Point, and Evacuation Center. Zones can be viewed by clicking on of the links below or on the interactive map.

Be Prepared for an Evacuation

  1. Learn the Evacuation Categories
  2. Know how to Stay Informed During and Emergency
  3. Get Prepared Today
  4. Make sure people with disabilities and activity limitations have a plan. For information about the Special Needs Awareness Program (SNAP) call OEM at (530) 538-7373

Interactive Flood Evacuation Map

Enter your address or click on a zone to find your zone, learn your evacuation route, and see where to go in case of an evacuation. View interactive map full screen.

Contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office, with comments and feedback about the Flood Evacuation Zones.

FEMA and the International Association of Emergency Managers define Emergency Management as; “…the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.” Butte County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is committed to providing a comprehensive Emergency Management Program supporting all functions of emergency management to build disaster resistant communities.

Emergency Management Functions

Protection (Prevention)
Actions taken to stop or avoid an incident.

Measures to reduce the likelihood of occurrence, or reduce the damaging effects of the hazard. These activities should be done prior to an incident.

Preparedness activities increase a community’s ability to respond when a disaster occurs. Emergency response plans, evacuation plans, family communications plan and assembling a family disaster kit are just a few examples of preparedness.

Actions taken immediately before, during and after a disaster to protect human lives and property from damaging effects. For individuals, it is being able to act responsibly and safely to protect yourself and your family from the impacts of a disaster event.

Actions taken to return community to normalcy. For catastrophic events this may take years.

Sign up for Emergency Mass Notifications.

Emergency Mass Notification

Contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office, if you have trouble registering your address for notifications.


 Contact OEM

Butte County OEM
Phone:    530.552.3333
Fax:        530.538.7120


 Location and Hours

Butte County OEM
25 County Center Drive,
Suite 213
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays