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Emergency Preparedness

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City Manager
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City Hall
#1 The Plaza
Sonoma CA 95476
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Emergency Preparedness

The City of Sonoma responds to natural and man-made emergencies that occur within City limits, and works cooperatively with neighboring agencies to address emergency issues throughout Sonoma Valley.  The City's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) sets a framework that guides the actions that City officials and employees will take in emergency situations associated with large-scale disasters affecting the City of Sonoma.

A key component of preparedness in any community is the extent to which its residents and businesses have themselves planned for what to do in the case of an emergency. Take time to review resources for disaster preparedness, including how to be ready for an extended power outage.

The S.C.O.P.E (Sonoma Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) program provides guidelines and training for neighbors to work together to prepare for disasters, visit SVFRA's website for upcoming S.C.O.P.E training dates.

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Sign up to receive alerts to your phone and/or email.  For SoCo Alert, use the link or call (707)565-1369 for more information.  For Nixle, use the link or TEXT YOUR ZIP CODE TO 888777 to opt in for mobile alerts.  Make sure your family, friends, and neighbors also sign up!

Where to go for Emergency Warnings and Updates:

Social media can play an important role in sharing information before, during, and after emergencies, and if you are active on social media it's a good idea to follow facebook pages for the City of Sonoma, Sonoma Police Department, Sonoma Valley Fire & RescueCounty of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Hospital and Sonoma Sheriff.  The City of Sonoma may also share information through Nextdoor.  Due to potential delays in posting information, please do not rely on social media as your primary notification of a local emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions

If flood alerts are issued for Sonoma Creek and its tributaries, the City will have a limited
number of sandbags available free of charge during normal business hours.  Visit our sandbag instructions page for details.

Visit our Emergency Preparedness page to sign up for alerts through Nixle and SoCo Alerts, learn how you can participate in training with S.C.O.P.E. (Sonoma Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies), and review a variety of resources on steps you can take now to get your family, home, and pets prepared for emergencies.
You can also register as an emergency volunteer.  The Sonoma Community Center serves as our community’s Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC).  The EVC registers volunteers and, in the event of a disaster, takes requests for volunteers and matches them to where they are needed.

Download the PG&E Flyer
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As part of their Community Wildfire Safety Program, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is implementing additional precautionary measures to help reduce the risk of wildfires. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving your community, it may be necessary to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

Additional information can be found on the Preparing for Extended Power Outages page.

To report localized flooding in Sonoma city limits during regular business hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, call the City of Sonoma Public Works Department  707-938-3332. To report flooding after regular business hours, call the Sonoma Police Department Non-Emergency Dispatch at 707-996-3601. IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 9-1-1.

It is important to plan ahead.

  1. Update your contact information with PG&E at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or call 1-866-743-6589.
  2. Follow FEMA’s recommendations in its Power Outage Information Sheet
  3. Review and update the American with Disabilities Act’s Emergency Power Planning Checklist every 6 months

Learn more at the Preparing for Extended Power Outages page.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is expanding its Community Wildfire Safety Program. This includes proactively turning off electric power for safety (Public Safety Power Shutoff) when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted, to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition.  Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) at prepareforpowerdown.com.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours.  A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high.  Learn more from CAL FIRE.

Sonoma Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies, or S.C.O.P.E., is a program of the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority that includes emergency response, community preparedness, utility safety, and fire prevention.  Visit SVFRA’s website to learn how you can participate in upcoming community training sessions.

Ask yourself these 4 questions:

1.  How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?  When possible, PG&E will notify customers of a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff.  Register for PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Shutoff Alerts so PG&E can contact you when the power needs to be shut off for safety.  Also, register for emergency alerts at both SoCo Alerts and Nixle to receive notifications about other emergencies that may affect your safety  Learn more about Sonoma County’s Emergency Alert and Warning Tools.

2.  What is my shelter plan?  Collect items you’ll need to evacuate and prepare to shelter-in-place for at least 5 days using SoCo Emergency’s Build a Kit page.

3.  What is my evacuation plan?  If you need Electricity and Battery-Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices, especially life support equipment (e.g., ventilators, apnea monitors, dialysis machines), you should consider staying with friends or family during a prolonged power outage.

4.  What is my family/household communication plan?  Build a support team of people who will help you in an emergency if necessary.  The real first responders in an emergency are often your neighbors, friends and co-workers.  If you complete your Family Emergency Communication Plan online at ready.gov/make-a-plan, you can print it onto a wallet-sized card and share with your support team.

Visit the SoCo Emergency Power Outage page for additional information and lists of things you can do ahead of time to get ready for the potential loss of power, if PG&E is planning to turn off your electricity within the next 48 hours, and/or if your power is already out.

A combination of criteria are used by PG&E in activating a Public Safety Power Shutoff, which may include a Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service, low humidity levels, forecasted sustained winds, conditions of dry fuel, and on-the-ground real-time information. The most likely electric lines to be considered for shutting off for safety will be those that pass through areas that have been designated by the CPUC as at elevated (Tier 2) or extreme (Tier 3) risk for wildfire. However, although a customer may not live or work in a high fire-threat area, their power may be shut off if their community relies upon a line that runs through an area experiencing extreme fire danger conditions. PG&E decides the location and duration of any PSPS event.

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