Evacuation Warning (Voluntary Evacuation)

If an evacuation warning (voluntary evacuation) is issued, heed this warning. It is advised that you evacuate regardless if it is mandatory or voluntary. In many instances, evacuation warnings become evacuation orders shortly after.

If you choose to stay until the evacuation is mandatory (evacuation order is issued), then use this time to prepare to evacuate.

  • Back your car into the driveway, roll up all the windows, leave the doors unlocked.

  • Inform other family members you may need to evacuate.

  • Place pets in carriers and stage inside the home near the door (or for pets on leash, place pets on the leash and secure the leash inside the home near the door). Waiting until you have to evacuate may be too late as some pets may become scared and react by running from you.

  • Close all the windows in the home.

  • Gather important documents (insurance policies, marriage & birth certificates, etc.) as well as pictures, photo albums, etc. and stage them inside near the door.

If and when the voluntary evacuation becomes mandatory and you are told to evacuate, do not hesitate, leave immediately! If you do not evacuate, you potentially place first responders in harm’s way or take them away from doing their job in controlling the incident because they need to stay behind for you; or worse yet, you will be on your own and public safety personnel may not be able to return to assist you if needed.

Opt in for Burbank Community Alert, the City of Burbank’s Emergency Public Notification System and get alerted about emergencies and other important community information. This system enables the City of Burbank to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as wildfires, hazardous materials incidents, severe weather, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods or other urgent information.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.