Emergencies

Tulare County's Emergencies portal provides information regarding fire and law enforcement departments, and other resources near you. This portal also provides relevant weather related information and Twitter feeds from first response agencies. The County can also notify you of emergencies through our AlertTC system. Please sign up by click on the AlertTC logo in the menu to the left, or click here.

You can follow the County via SMS by texting "Follow County of Tulare' to 40404. Follow us on Twitter @CountyofTulare, and/or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/countyoftulare/.

 

Pier Fire (Wildland Fire)

The Pier Fire began on August 29, 2017, and has currently burned over 36,000 acres, and threatened 750 homes across several mountain communities. A Local Emergency was proclaimed and ratified by the Board of Supervisors on August 29, 2017, and a State of Emergency was proclaimed by the Governor on September 7, 2017, for Tulare, Mariposa, and Madera Counties due to wildfire conditions.

Effective 10:00 am on Monday, September 18, 2017, officials will lift all voluntary evacuation orders for communities impacted by the Pier Fire. These include: Alpine Village, Camp Nelson, Cedar Slope, Doyle Springs, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Sequoia Crest and Wishon. In addition, Highway 190 will be re-opened to all traffic, and all road closures will be lifted.

For residents returning home to an area affected by a wildland fire, please exercise proper safety precautions. For a basic list of precautions, please see Health & Human Services Agency's Health Notice for Residents Returning to Wildfire Impacted Areas.

Southern California Edison has begun to restore power to various areas affected by the Pier Fire. Impacted residents may contact Southern California Edison at (800) 611-1911 for further information.

Read more here.

 

King Incident (Flooding): Damages

Tulare County is collecting and processing information for damages from the recent flooding of the Kings River. Homeowners can use the Damage Survey form, and business owners can use the Economic Injury Worksheet.

When completed, please fax forms to (559) 624-7499.

On September 11, 2017, the US Small Business Administration provided an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration for the King Incident. Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations may apply by contacting SBA at (800) 659-2955, or www.sba.gov/disaster, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@.sba.gov. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Read more about the King Incident here.

 

Cooling Centers

The Tulare County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program coordinates the operation of Cooling Centers throughout the County during the summer months.  Cooling Centers are operated voluntarily by their respective owners, as a service to the community. These facilities are equipped with air conditioning, seating, and restrooms, and may also provide vending machines, reading materials, and/or activities. Contact Cooling Centers near you to find out what services are offered and the hours of operation. 

During extreme heat emergencies with high overnight temperatures, additional 24x7 Cooling Centers may be activated to assist the public.

If you believe that you have a medical emergency related to the heat, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Read more here | En Español

 

Tree Mortality

Since 2012, record drought and record temperatures, have weakened trees throughout California, resulting in millions of acres of failing forestland that then become vulnerable to disease and infestation. Infestation, such as those caused by native bark beetles, have caused tree mortality of epidemic proportions.

The scale of tree mortality in California contributes to significantly increased wildfire risks, and presents life safety risks due to falling trees that can injure or kill people.

Due to these increased risks, California and Tulare County have proclaimed states of emergency for tree mortality.

Read more here.

 

Drought

California is in the middle of one of the most severe droughts in recorded state history. In response to forecasted drought conditions through 2015, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a state of local emergency on February 4, 2014, following Governor Brown's State of Emergency proclamation of January 17, 2014. The County Board of Supervisors called for state legislators to place a water bond on a future ballot, and formed an ad hoc committee to address future water advocacy strategy.

Tulare County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) program has been tasked with the overall coordination of the County's responses to this drought emergency, and maintains this website for the purpose of distributing and collecting information, and for publishing a list of resources that may help provide a degree of relief to families that have been affected by the drought.

In Need of Assistance?

If you have been affected by the drought, and are in need of assistance, please check the following pages for information and resources:

Read more here.