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Current Humboldt County
Emergency Response

The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services responds to a variety of incidents from wildfires and floods, to health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Current incident information can be found at this page. 

If need assistance interpreting the information on this page or have additional questions, please contact our Office of Emergency Services at 707-268-2500.

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Current Information

Last updated 1/18/2024 at 9:08 a.m.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal has proclaimed a Local Emergency as a result of the significant impact of floods occurring throughout the county. 

Significant flooding of small creeks and streams, as well as main stem flooding of the Mad River began on Friday, Jan. 12. The extensive flooding resulted in numerous flood rescue operations, extensive damage to local infrastructure, including damage to numerous culverts, cracking, slip outs, and degradation of county-maintained roads, as well as damage to numerous private residences, businesses, and agricultural land; these impacts are exhausting and exceeding available county resources

Though the immediate response has subsided, Humboldt County Public Works crews are still actively engaged in conducting emergency road repairs, exploring options for alternative routes, and cleaning up storm and flood debris along public rights of way. A local emergency proclamation is a prerequisite to request state or federal assistance for flood related response and recovery efforts. 

Individuals who experienced flood damage to their home or business are strongly encouraged to work with their insurance provider(s) to file a claim for repairs. This emergency proclamation does not guarantee individual or financial assistance for damages incurred during the flooding event.

Sheltering Assistance

If you are displaced or in need of sheltering assistance following the recent floods, please give the American Red Cross a call at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Road Conditions Updates

Visit humboldtgov.org/roads for updates on county maintained roads. Please check quickmap.dot.ca.gov or the QuickMap app for the latest updates from Caltrans.

General Information

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant in the event of an emergency:

  • Have your go-bags packed and ready.
  • Make a plan for evacuating pets, livestock and those requiring extra assistance.
  • Subscribe to Humboldt Alert for public safety notifications at HumboldtGov.org/Alerts
  • Find your evacuation zone at Protect.Genasys.com
  • Bookmark this emergency information page: HumboldtSheriff.org/Emergency
  • Familiarize yourself with evacuation terminology:
    • Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
    • Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
    • Shelter in Place: Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.

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Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Humboldt Alert to receive local emergency notifications, including information regarding evacuations and emergency sheltering in the event of a wildfire, flood or other emergency incident. Residents can sign up by going to: humboldtgov.org/alerts.