Residents of the Cavedale-Trinity community are invited to participate in the County of Sonoma’s first evacuation drill on Saturday, August 24th, from 8:00-10:00 AM.
Residents wishing to participate in the exercise should sign up to receive an alert when the drill begins. They will then practice evacuating their homes and driving through the suggested evacuation routes to the assembly site at the Hanna Boys Center at 17000 Arnold Drive. The American Red Cross will distribute information and answer questions on disaster preparedness at the assembly site.
Evacuation Routes (How to Get Out)
- Primary – West on Cavedale
- Secondary – West on Trinity Road
- Alternate – East on Trinity/Dry Creek/Oakville
Assembly Areas (Where to Go)
- Primary – St. Leo’s Church, 601 Agua Caliente Road West, Sonoma
- Alternate #1 – Hanna Boy’s Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
- Alternate #2 – St. Stephan’s Church, 1250 Oakville Grade Road, Oakville
About this Event
The drill is part of a significant effort to increase preparedness across Sonoma County, which includes Sonoma Ready Day on September 8th, additional evacuation planning and drills, emergency alert tests, and tools and tips for residents that will increase their safety in a disaster.
“This drill is an example of our new culture of preparedness here in Sonoma County. The neighbors worked with emergency managers to coordinate a drill that can result in faster and safer evacuations,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt. “Sonoma County is equipped to prevent and react to a major wildfire. We are recovering and rebuilding while staying vigilant and preparing for any disaster that may come our way.”
The Department of Emergency Management is identifying other high priority areas within the county, and will work with those communities to coordinate evacuation exercises. The high priority areas face a higher threat due to a number of variables, such as thick vegetation and limited access.
“From the challenges we faced during the catastrophic fires of 2017, we have learned how to better prepare for a disaster, and are asking Sonoma County residents to get involved,” said Chris Godley, Director of Emergency Management, Sonoma County. “Preparedness only works if everyone participates – the County is committed to using every tool in our toolbox to deliver an emergency alert. Residents can do their part by being in contact with each other, signing up for SoCoAlert and practicing their evacuation routes.”
Neighbors, community groups, local law enforcement and fire agencies, and the Department of Emergency Management are collaborating to make the drill possible.