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What Defines an Evacuation

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 When fire broke out along Jacks Valley Road Wednesday night, residents geared up.

“I got everything,” said resident Felipe Toro.

Deputies with the Carson City and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices went door to door, encouraging residents to evacuate the area.

Carson Sheriff Ken Furlong said they issued a recommended evacuation because they felt there was a real threat to the safety of area residents.

In Carson City, Furlong says there are two types of evacuations: voluntary and recommended.

A voluntary evacuation is when a person sees the danger and leaves on their own. A recommended evacuation is when an emergency is declared and the agency must provide some type of assistance.

However, as far as mandatory evacuations go, Furlong says a governmental agency cannot force a person to leave their home.

“It is a misused term,” said Furlong. “A mandatory evacuation implies that I am going to kick your door down and take you out screaming. No. We don’t do that.”

Whether it is Carson City, or Washoe County, each has their own evacuation definitions in their Emergency Management plans.  
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