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.
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. Alerts for PG&E planned power shutoffs are available whether or not you are the account holder. Make sure your family, friends, and neighbors also sign up!
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 County of Sonoma, City of Sonoma, Sonoma Police Department, Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue, Sonoma Valley Hospital and Sonoma Sheriff. You can also follow the Sonoma Sheriff and County of Sonoma on twitter. 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.
In the City of Sonoma and the rest of Sonoma County, public safety vehicles are outfitted with Hi/Lo sirens, which offer a different sound than traditional sirens, and will be used to alert residents to evacuate. This 2-tone siren will only be used in an emergency to alert residents within specific areas of the need to evacuate. If you hear the Hi/Lo, it’s time to go.
Be Prepared: Steps You Can Take
A key component of community preparedness 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 and coronoavirus (COVID-19) resources. 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. Contact Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue for more information and upcoming S.C.O.P.E training dates.
In the event of a large-scale emergency requiring mass evacuations, the City of Sonoma and County of Sonoma developed designated evacuation zones for the entire community. It's important to know your zone ahead of time so that you can quickly evacuate if orders for your zone were issued. Find your zone on the County's evacuation zone map and learn more about the evacuation process.