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The County of Sonoma, Department of Emergency Management will conduct community-specific alert and warning and evacuation exercises throughout the County and invites Sonoma County residents to participate. These exercises will provide public safety departments an opportunity to practice alerting an area using the Hi-Lo sirens, test the County alerting system, and residents can practice evacuating and leaving their neighborhood area.

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There are currently no upcoming exercises scheduled.

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If you are a resident and would like to participate in the drill:

Registration is now closed.

Registration is required in order to receive the alert for the exercise and fully participate (the contact information you provide will be for this community exercise only).

Registration period will end on Wednesday, June 15th (five days prior to the event) so please make sure you register on time!

Why: The purpose of this exercise is to familiarize residents with local designated routes for evacuation; safely practice evacuating residents using those routes; exercise our SoCo Alert system to notify participating residents and facilitate residents to register for the County’s alerting system.

When: Saturday, June 18th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PDT

Where: Cazadero Community, along Cazadero Highway, Austin Creek Road, from Highway 116 to Bei Road, including Fort Ross Road, Mohrhardt Ridge Road and King Ridge Road areas

Who: Permanent and seasonal residents of the Cazadero Community

SoCo Alert

To prepare for and be notified of future emergencies, please sign up for SoCoAlert

Filling out the exercise registration form will not sign you up for SoCo Alert.

Event map and Sequence

Familiarize yourself with the map below, which shows the exercise footprint, evacuation routes to be used and assembly point for this exercise. You may wish to print this map to reference it on the day of the exercise.

On the morning of, registered participants will receive a SoCo Alert notification on their phones prompting them to evacuate to the designated assembly point.

A Hi-Lo siren will also be employed by a public safety officer to alert participants of the start of the exercise.

Participants will evacuate using the following designated local area routes:

Head to Cazadero Highway and go south until Highway 116. Continue on Highway 116 to Monte Rio. Right turn at Bohemian Highway to the assembly point: Monte Rio Recreation and Park District Parking lot

Upon arrival at the assembly point, participants may wish to stay longer and debrief about their experience, fill out a quick survey and engage with several community preparedness partners who will be in an outdoor setup with information and resources to hand out.

Participants should take this exercise seriously. Please don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate as it will defeat the purpose of this exercise.

Assembly Point

  • Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio, CA 95462.
  • Look for signs and directions on where to park.
  • Event staff will also be present to assist with directions.

COVID-19 and other considerations

  • This exercise will comply with the County’s COVID-19 public health protocols throughout this exercise.
  • All participants may wear mask/face covering and practice social distancing when not in their vehicles.
  • Due to the nature of this exercise, it is advised not to bring your pet animals to the assembly point. However, we strongly encourage participants to take advantage of this exercise to think about/practice gathering the essential pet items needed in the event of a real evacuation.

If you have any questions, please contact Jorge Rodriguez at Jorge.Rodriguez@sonoma-county.org

If you are a resident and would like to participate in the drill:

  • Registration has now closed

Registration is required in order to receive the alert for the exercise and fully participate (the contact information you provide will be for this community exercise only).

Registration period will end on Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m. (Two days prior to the event) so please make sure you register on time!

Why: The purpose of this exercise is to familiarize residents with local designated routes for evacuation; safely practice evacuating residents using those routes; exercise our SoCo Alert system to notify participating residents and facilitate residents to register for the County’s alerting system.

When: Sunday, May 22 starting at 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. PDT

Where: Diamond A and Grove Street neighborhoods in Sonoma

Who: Permanent and seasonal residents of the Diamond A and Grove Street neighborhoods

SoCo Alert

To prepare for and be notified of future emergencies, please sign up for SoCoAlert.

Filling out the exercise registration form will not sign you up for SoCo Alert.

Event map and Sequence

Familiarize yourself with the map below, which shows the exercise footprint, evacuation routes to be used and assembly point for this exercise. You may wish to print this map to reference it on the day of the exercise.

On the morning of, registered participants will receive a SoCo Alert notification on their phones prompting them to evacuate to the designated assembly point.

A Hi-Lo siren will also be employed by a public safety officer to alert participants of the start of the exercise.

Participants will evacuate using the following designated evacuation routes:

From Grove Street: right on Arnold Dr, left on Leveroni Rd, left on Broadway and right into the parking lot of Sonoma Valley High School.

Upon arrival at the assembly point, participants may wish to stay longer and debrief about their experience, fill out a quick survey and engage with several community preparedness partners who will be in an outdoor setup with information and resources to hand out.

Download copy of Diamond A/Grove Street Community Evacuation Exercise Map (PDF: 1 MB) »

View full-sized map here »

Assembly Point

  • Sonoma Valley High School (main parking lot), 20000 Broadway, Sonoma, CA, 95476.
  • Look for signs and directions on where to park.
  • Event staff will also be present to assist with directions.

COVID-19 and other considerations

  • This exercise will comply with the County’s COVID-19 public health protocols throughout this exercise.
  • Participants may wear mask/face covering and practice social distancing when not in their vehicles.
  • Due to the nature of this exercise, it is advised not to bring your pet animals to the assembly point. However, we strongly encourage participants to take advantage of this exercise to think about/practice gathering the essential pet items needed in the event of a real evacuation.
  • Participants should take this exercise seriously. Please don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate as it will defeat the purpose of this exercise.

If you have any questions, please contact James Cooper at James.Cooper@sonoma-county.org

The County of Sonoma and the National Weather Service will conduct an emergency alert exercise on April 29. The exercise will be a countywide test of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio alert system.

What you can do

All Sonoma County residents who own a NOAA Weather Radio should make sure their device is plugged in, with backup batteries installed, and set up per the radio manufacturer instructions. If you are a resident of unincorporated Sonoma County with a NOAA weather radio, be aware that a test alert will be sent at noon to your radio receiver.

Do I need to report receiving an alert?

You can call or email the Department of Emergency Management to report receiving or not receiving the message via your radio and offer other feedback. You can call 707-565-1369 and leave a message. You can email info@socoalert.com. Please include where you live.

What will the weather radio alert message say?

As this will be a live test, to prevent the chance of confusion or misinterpretation of alerts causing panic, the only message sent will clearly identify itself as a test alert and will not attempt to convey any information regarding a threat of disaster or actions to be taken. The NWR warning alarm will sound one time, then be followed by a short test message, and then a closing alarm tone. This test message will be transmitted as a Civil Emergency Message and the words “Civil Emergency Message” may scroll across the NWR displays of compatible radios. The NWR test cycle will play through only one time.

TEST TEST TEST The following message is transmitted at the request of the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management. This is a test of the NOAA Weather Radio warning alarm signal in support of Sonoma County. No action is required. Repeat. No action is required. This has been a test of the NOAA Weather Radio warning alarm signal in support of Sonoma County. We will now resume regular programming. TEST TEST TEST

What can you do to participate?

Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR).The Non-Weather Emergency Message system also will be used to send a message to ensure the auxiliary alert system is fully functional. The message can be received by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radios. The Non-Weather Emergency Message portion of the exercise will be broadcast to all of Sonoma County.  The transmitter is on Sonoma Mountain, which means some parts of the county will not receive the alerts. Be sure the weather radio you obtain has the “public alert” logo.

What systems/procedures are being tested?

The Non-Weather Emergency Message system will be used to send a message to ensure the auxiliary alert system is fully functional. The message can be received by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radios. The Non-Weather Emergency Message portion of the exercise will be broadcast to all of Sonoma County. The transmitter is on Sonoma Mountain, which means some parts of the county will not receive the alerts.

Complete survey after the exercise:

After you have participated in the exercise, please complete the following short survey to provide feedback on the alert and warning exercise.

Complete the English survey online »

Complete the Spanish survey online »

 

The County of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley partners will conduct an emergency alert and warning exercise on April 30. The exercise will be comprised of targeted alert tests of the Sonoma County Alert System (SoCoAlert) in specified areas of Sonoma Valley.

The SoCoAlert exercise will let emergency officials assess how the alert and warning system performs in reaching residents in five designated zones of the Sonoma Valley. It will also help residents experience a test of the alert & warning system.

Starting at noon, SoCoAlert messages will be sent to addresses within the Sonoma Valley neighborhoods of Glen Ellen between Arnold Drive and Highway 12 (Zone 6A5), Eldridge between Arnold Drive and Highway 12 (Zone 6A5), and the communities of Agua Caliente, Fetters Hot Springs, Boyes Hot Springs and El Verano East of Arnold Drive (Zones 6E1, 6E2 and 6F2.) Exercise activity is limited to participating agencies and communities.

  • At 12 p.m. a live alert will be launched in the targeted zones using SoCoAlert.

The SoCoAlert system records receipt/non-receipt automatically and County Department of Emergency Management staff will use the data from that to do their analysis.

What you can do

Residents are encouraged to register to receive SoCoAlerts and learn more about how they work and why they are crucial in an emergency or disaster. Only residents who live in the designated Sonoma Valley evacuation zones will receive the SoCoAlert messages on April 30. Residents who are not registered may still receive an alert in the form of a call because the SoCoAlert database also uses phone numbers from utility records and other public sources. Subscribers to SoCoAlert could get an alert via text, a phone call or an email, depending on their account settings. Registering will help keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency and allow you to receive alerts in a variety of ways.

Residents of the targeted alert zones in Sonoma Valley need to make sure their phones and other devices will let them know when an alert is sent.

  • In addition to registering for SoCoAlert, you can program the alert phone number (866-419-5000) in your cell phone so you will recognize and answer the call.
  • Make sure your cell phone’s sounds are turned on.
  • Be aware that airplane mode or “do not disturb” settings will prevent you from hearing an alert.

Do I need to report receiving an alert?

For alerts sent to the Sonoma Valley targeted zones, the SoCoAlert system automatically records whether or not the alert was received. County Department of Emergency Management staff will be using the data from those records to do their analysis. If you live in the those areas, you are welcome to provide feedback about the exercise using the same phone number and email.

What systems/procedures are being tested?

SoCoAlert (Sonoma County Alert System) alert and warning messages will be sent to assess the capabilities of the alert and warning system provider — CodeRED — to reach residents of Sonoma County with an emphasis on testing the efficacy in communicating with the Spanish-speaking community. CodeRED is the County’s current alert system provider.

An earthquake can strike without warning, at any time of year, day or night. Everyone needs a plan that includes how to prepare, what to do when the ground starts to shake, and how to respond and help neighbors, families, and friends in the time immediately following a shake. The Shake Out is an opportunity to practice Drop Cover Hold On, which is the recommended action to stay safe when the earth shakes. At 10:00am on April 18th Drop Cover and Hold On where ever you are, to help you be ready in the next earthquake.

The following are some preparedness tips on what to do during an earthquake:

Prepare NOW

  1. Practice makes perfect! Practice the Drop, Cover, Hold On earthquake drill with family and neighbors. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
  2. What could fall on you, your family, or pets in an earthquake? Secure items, such as televisions, and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
  3. Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy whether you own or rent your residence
  4. Make sure you have supplies for the whole family for at least 7 days in your Shelter in Place Kit in case getting on the road is challenging
  5. Learn more at SoCoEmergency.org/get-ready
  6. If you live near or visit the coast, be sure to learn more about Tsunami https://socoemergency.org/get-ready/local-hazards/tsunami/

Download and Print these posters to spread the word:

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Why: The purpose of this exercise is to familiarize residents with local designated routes for evacuation; safely practice evacuating residents using those routes; exercise our SoCo Alert system to notify participating residents and facilitate residents to register for the County’s alerting system.

When: Saturday, June 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00am PDT

Where: Fitch Mountain Community

Who: Permanent and seasonal residents of the Fitch Mountain Community

If you are a resident and would like to participate in the drill:

  • Registration has now closed
  • Registration is required in order to receive the alert for the exercise and fully participate (the contact information you provide will be for this community exercise only).
  • Registration period will end on Thursday, June 3rd (two days prior to the event) so please make sure you register on time!

SoCo Alert

  • To prepare for and be notified of future emergencies, please sign up for SoCoAlert
  • Filling out the exercise registration form will not sign you up for SoCo Alert.

Event map and Sequence

  • Familiarize yourself with the map below, which shows the exercise footprint, evacuation routes to be used and assembly point for this exercise. You may wish to print this map to reference it on the day of the exercise.
  • On the morning of, registered participants will receive a SoCo Alert notification on their phones prompting them to evacuate to the designated assembly point.
  • A Hi-Lo siren will also be employed by a public safety officer to alert participants of the start of the exercise.
  • Participants will evacuate using the following designated evacuation routes:
    • From N. Fitch Mountain Rd: continue onto Powell Ave., turn right on Healdsburg Ave. towards the assembly point.
    • From S. Fitch Mountain Rd: continue onto Matheson St., turn right on Healdsburg Ave. towards the assembly point.
  • Upon arrival at the assembly point, participants may wish to stay longer and debrief about their experience, fill out a quick survey and engage with several community preparedness partners who will be in an outdoor setup with information and resources to hand out.

Assembly Point

  • Healdsburg Community Center located at 1557 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA 95448
  • Look for signs and directions on where to park.
  • Event staff will also be present to assist with directions.

COVID-19 and other considerations

  • This exercise will comply with the County’s COVID-19 public health protocols throughout this exercise.
  • All participants must wear mask/face covering and practice social distancing when not in their vehicles.
  • Due to the nature of this exercise, it is advised not to bring your pet animals to the assembly point. However, we strongly encourage participants to take advantage of this exercise to think about/practice gathering the essential pet items needed in the event of a real evacuation.
  • Participants should take this exercise seriously. Please don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate as it will defeat the purpose of this exercise.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Diaz at Richard.Diaz@sonoma-county.org

Why Participate? This is a great opportunity for you and your family to practice evacuating your home and neighborhood. It also helps familiarize you with your local roads available for evacuation. For public safety agencies, it provides a safe environment to practice evacuating residents using those routes and exercise our SoCo Alert notification system.

When: Saturday, June 19 at 9 a.m. PDT

Where: Camp Meeker & Occidental area residents will practice evacuating and travel to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, located at 282 S High St, Sebastopol

Who can participate: Residents of Camp Meeker and Occidental area neighborhoods are welcome to participate! Be sure to register to receive the alert of when the drill starts.

If you are a resident and would like to participate in the drill:

  1. Fill out the registration form online. The contact numbers you provide are for this drill only. Registration is encouraged to receive the alert for the drill and fully participate.

 

Registration closed

 

2. Make a print of the area roads map and draw out your own evacuation routes. Think about roads that you might not normally use everyday.

3. Make note or print the information below so you can reference it on the day of the drill.

What to Expect on Drill Day – Saturday, June 19th

  1. On the day of the drill, you will receive a SoCo Alert on your phone announcing the beginning of the drill and an exercise message. The phone number will come up as: (866) 419-5000
  2. Practice as if this were a real emergency by immediately evacuating your home and go to the Meeting Location which will be at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (282 S High St, Sebastopol). From Bodega Ave, turn onto Jewell Ave, left to Willow Street, then left to S High St. Signs will be visible to direct you.
  3. At the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, you will be given a survey with general questions about your evacuation planning and about the exercise. Survey will close Monday, June 21 at 12PM

 

  1. To prepare for future emergencies, please sign up for SoCoAlert. Filling out the Drill Registration form will NOT sign you up for SoCo Alert.

Please be aware there will be increased traffic on roads including Public Safety vehicles that may be using the Hi-Lo emergency sirens. Please be aware of the increased traffic for your safety and the safety of others.

 

If you have any questions, please call Jorge Rodriguez at 707-565-6095 or email at Jorge.Rodriguez@sonoma-county.org.

The County of Sonoma, City of Santa Rosa, and the National Weather Service will conduct an emergency alert and warning exercise on August 17. The exercise includes a countywide test of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio alert system as well as targeted alert tests of the Sonoma County Alert System (SoCoAlert) in Santa Rosa.

The SoCoAlert exercise will let emergency officials compare how two alert and warning system providers perform in reaching residents in two designated Santa Rosa evacuation zones.

Starting at noon, the exercise will test the Non-Weather Emergency Message system, sending alerts to anyone in Sonoma County who has a NOAA Weather Radio, as an auxiliary alerting system.

SoCoAlert messages will be sent to addresses within the City of Santa Rosa’s Montecito Heights and Fountaingrove 2 designated evacuation zones. One zone will receive alerts via CodeRED, the County’s provider. The other neighborhood will receive alerts via Everbridge, which is an alert provider that the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) is considering and has made available to Sonoma County to test as part of a pilot program.

  • At 1 p.m. a live alert will be launched in the Montecito Heights zone using Everbridge.
  • At 1:15 p.m. a live alert will be launched in the Fountaingrove 2 zone using CodeRED.

The SoCoAlert system records receipt/non-receipt automatically and County  Department of Emergency Management staff will use the data from that to do their analysis.

What you can do

Residents are encouraged to register to receive SoCoAlerts and learn more about how they work and why they are crucial in an emergency or disaster. Residents who are not registered may still receive an alert in the form of a call because the SoCoAlert database also uses phone numbers from utility records and other public sources. Subscribers to SoCoAlert could get an alert via text, a phone call or an email, depending on their account settings.

All Sonoma County residents who own a NOAA Weather Radio should make sure their device is plugged in, with backup batteries installed, and set up per the radio manufacturer instructions. If you are a resident of unincorporated Sonoma County with a NOAA weather radio, be aware that a test alert will be sent at noon to your radio receiver.

Residents of the two alert zones in Santa Rosa need to make sure their phones and other devices will let them know when an alert is sent.

  • In addition to registering for SoCoAlert, you can program the alert phone number (866-419-5000) in your cell phone so you will recognize and answer the call.
  • Make sure your cell phone’s sounds are turned on.
  • Be aware that airplane mode or “do not disturb” settings will prevent you from hearing an alert.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • For the NOAA Weather Radio portion of the exercise, you can call or email the Department of Emergency Management to report receiving or not receiving the message via your radio and offer other feedback. You can call 707-565-1369 and leave a message. You can email info@socoalert.com. Please include where you live.
  • For alerts sent to the Sonoma Valley targeted zones, the SoCoAlert system automatically records whether or not the alert was received. County Department of Emergency Management staff will be using the data from those records to do their analysis. If you live in the those areas, you are welcome to provide feedback about the exercise using the same phone number and email.
  • As this will be a live test, to prevent the chance of confusion or misinterpretation of alerts causing panic, the only message sent will clearly identify itself as a test alert and will not attempt to convey any information regarding a threat of disaster or actions to be taken. The NWR warning alarm will sound one time, then be followed by a short test message, and then a closing alarm tone. This test message will be transmitted as a Civil Emergency Message and the words “Civil Emergency Message” may scroll across the NWR displays of compatible radios. The NWR test cycle will play through only one time.
  • TEST TEST TEST The following message is transmitted at the request of the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management. This is a test of the NOAA Weather Radio warning alarm signal in support of Sonoma County. No action is required. Repeat. No action is required. This has been a test of the NOAA Weather Radio warning alarm signal in support of Sonoma County. We will now resume regular programming. TEST TEST TEST

If you haven’t, register for SoCoAlert. Only residents who live in the designated Sonoma Valley evacuation zones will receive the SoCoAlert messages on April 30. You may receive an alert if you are not registered with SoCoAlert, but registering will help keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency and allow you to receive alerts in a variety of ways.

Make sure your phones and other devices will let you know when an alert is sent.

  • In addition to registering for SoCoAlert, you can program the alert phone number (866-419-5000) in your cell phone so you will recognize and answer the call.
  • Make sure your cell phone’s sounds are turned on.
  • Be aware that airplane mode or “do not disturb” settings will prevent you from hearing an alert.

Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). The Non-Weather Emergency Message system also will be used to send a message to ensure the auxiliary alert system is fully functional. The message can be received by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radios. The Non-Weather Emergency Message portion of the exercise will be broadcast to all of Sonoma County.  The transmitter is on Sonoma Mountain, which means some parts of the county will not receive the alerts. Be sure the weather radio you obtain has the “public alert” logo.

  • SoCoAlert (Sonoma County Alert System) alert and warning messages will be sent to assess the capabilities of the alert and warning system provider — CodeRED — to reach residents of Sonoma County with an emphasis on testing the efficacy in communicating with the Spanish-speaking community. CodeRED is the County’s current alert system provider.
  • The Non-Weather Emergency Message system will be used to send a message to ensure the auxiliary alert system is fully functional. The message can be received by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radios. The Non-Weather Emergency Message portion of the exercise will be broadcast to all of Sonoma County. The transmitter is on Sonoma Mountain, which means some parts of the county will not receive the alerts.
  • Evacuation helps first responders meet their primary response priority – Life Safety!
    • All other response objectives must wait until the life safety concerns have been mitigated.
      • Life Safety
      • Property Conservation
      • Incident Stabilization
    • Early evacuation clears roadways so first responders can work to save homes and property and control the incident.
  • The recent fires in the state are evidence that our residents are in increasing danger from wildfire. Fires are larger, faster moving and burning in more inhabited areas.
  • If a large, wind-driven wildfire were to impact the County, residents may need to evacuate.
  • This also gives residents a chance to participate traveling their evacuation routes and become more familiar with their neighborhood.