Community Preparedness

Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE)

Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE) was started by residents of the Santa Rosa Community of Oakmont, in cooperation with the Santa Rosa Fire Department and the American Red Cross.

Learn more about how to start a COPE

Neighborhood Watch

Neighbor watch group meeting with Fire Captain to receive tips and trick

As part of the community, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office plays an important role in keeping the community safe. However, citizen involvement is essential to combat crime. You and your neighbors know best what is going on in your community. By cooperating with each other and law enforcement, people can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way – before it begins.

For more information please contact Crime Prevention at (707) 565-7398 or email CSO Karen Hancock at or visit

Other suggestions

  • Create a Neighborhood Watch page on Facebook or Nextdoor; invite your neighbors to join
  • Create an address list with names an phone numbers to share with your neighbors
  • Meet and greet, get to know your neighbors
  • List skills you and your neighbors have (first aid, firefighter, etc.)
  • List tools and other resources you or your neighbors have available (heavy equipment, chainsaws, generators, pools, etc.)