There are currently No Emergency Incidents
In the event of an emergency, this page will be updated as needed.
Basic Emergency Evacuation Procedures
Revised May 2018
An evacuation of Grand Canyon National Park may be necessary due to a wildland fire, a hazardous materials incident, natural disaster, or a hostage or terrorism incident.
SET: Be alert, when there is significant danger in your area. Consider voluntarily relocating to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. This might be the only notice you receive.
GO!: Evacuate, danger in your area is current and life-threatening. Evacuate immediately to a shelter or to family/friends outside the affected area. Follow instructions from emergency personnel, and stay on designated evacuation routes.
Register at http://coconino.az.gov/ready to receive the signal to evacuate. When electrical power is still available there will also be a continuous sounding of the fire siren for five minutes or longer. This signal may be repeated. AM/FM radio announcements will be made through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). EAS announcements can be heard on several local radio stations including
• KAFF 930 AM and 92.9 FM
• KNAU 90.3 FM (GRAND CANYON) & 88.7 FM (FLAGSTAFF)
Incident Information Center
During a large-scale emergency, the Park’s Incident Information Center will be activated. Please contact the Incident Information Center recorded information line at (928) 638-7688 and follow the parks social media feeds.
In the event of an evacuation, evacuation routes will be marked with signs and/or personnel assigned to direct traffic. It is critical that you follow the designated evacuation routes and any instructions provided by emergency or law enforcement personnel.
Evacuation Collection Centers
During an evacuation, the American Red Cross and Coconino County will establish shelters. These shelters will be used for registration, information, and assistance. Locations are not pre-established – they will be announced during the evacuation.
For South Rim residents shelters may be set up in Williams or Flagstaff.
For North Rim residents shelters may be set up in Fredonia, Page or another sites.
Inner canyon shelters may be established at Indian Garden and Phantom Ranch.
Evacuation of Pets
Include care of pets in your family’s evacuation plans. You may not be home when an evacuation order comes. It is strongly encouraged that pet owners arrange in advance for a friend or neighbor to move your pets out and meet at the designated evacuation shelter. Be sure to take the necessary supplies to care for your pet for an extended period of time. The Red Cross and Coconino County will make every effort to locate animal shelters close to human designed shelters however; most evacuation facilities do not allow pets to co-mingle with other evacuees. Sheltered pets will need to be kept under physical control at all times.
Partial Area Evacuations
Local emergency conditions may require the immediate need for a partial or neighborhood evacuation. Park emergency personnel may contact residents directly and use http://coconino.az.gov/ready to give the signal to evacuate. Please follow their instructions.
A Safety Zone is a large open area to gather if you cannot safely evacuate the Park.
• South Rim: Grand Canyon Visitor Center parking areas
• Desert View: Watchtower parking area
• North Rim: North Kaibab Trail parking lot, DeMotte and Little Park areas, Cape Royal parking are, W-1 Road (the Basin), North Kaibab Trail Below Supai Tunnel
• Inner Canyon: Indian Garden and Phantom Ranch
Disabled and Special Needs Residents
Individuals who need aid in the event of an evacuation are encouraged to plan ahead with neighbors, friends, and relatives. When registering at http://coconino.az.gov/ready be sure to complete the relevant sections if you are mobility limited and would need assistance during an evacuation.
If help is not readily available at the time of an evacuation order, call the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center emergency line at (928) 638-7805, or locally dial 911 for assistance.
Once you have evacuated, you may not return home until authorized to do so by the local officials. Current incident information may be available through the local AM and FM radio stations, NOAA Weather Radio, the officials at the evacuation shelters, through www.azein.gov, or the NPS Incident Information Center by calling (928) 638-7688 or 1-800-901-3880 for a recorded message.
Essential Items Medications, dentures, hearing aids, and prescription glasses/contact lenses
Important papers (birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.) if immediately available
Driver's license, passport, and other identification
Baby food and diapers
Checkbook, credit cards, cash
Pets and pet food, medication, leash or carrier
Personal toilet articles and sanitary needs
Sleeping bags or blankets
Flashlight and extra batteries
Portable battery-powered radio
Change of clothing for each person
Food – nonperishable, ready-to-eat, & drinking water
Recreational items – games, cards, books, etc.
Cell phone and charging cable
Irreplaceable items and personal mementos
Essential Actions Disconnect all appliances except the
refrigerator and freezer
Close and lock all doors and windows
Leave exterior and porch lights on
Secure outdoor possessions and equipment
Secure or hide valuables
Turn off the gas before leaving (Know how to do this well in advance!)
Tie a white or light-colored pillowcase, towel, or similar item to the front door handle to indicate the residence has been evacuated
Follow instructions of emergency personnel
Register at the designated evacuation collection center (Locations will be announced during evacuation)
Last updated: May 20, 2018