Disasters Happen – Be Prepared
Everyone need to understand their risk to various hazards, make a plan to stay safe, have an emergency kit, and plan to stay informed as events unfold.
The County has published additional recommendations for those who have access and functional needs.
Disasters happen unexpectedly and events unfold fast. Information can save lives.
- Be sure you have a number of ways to get information on what is happening
- Sign up to receive life-saving information in your local area.
- For those who may need extra time to evacuate, please leave early to ensure your and your caregivers safety.
Sign Up for these Alerts
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) – Get a NOAA Weather Radio and leave it on at all times. When activated by an event, these radios generate an alarm, voice alert, and flasher.
Sonoma County residents may tune their NOAA radio to frequency 162.475.
If you are deaf or have hearing loss these radios have add-on equipment such as strobe lights and bed shakers to help alert everyone in the household that action is needed in an
Learn more about National Weather Radio (NWR) Receivers »
Make a Plan
- People and pets are your first priority.
- If you will need help to evacuate quickly reach out, in advance, to neighbors, family, or friends and discuss how they can assist you, what you will need, and a back-up plan in case the primary help is not able to assist.
- Remember, first responders will be overloaded in a disaster, help yourself by planning in advance!
For general planning, check out Make a Plan.
Build a Kit
Your Go Bag should include:
- Food and water,
- A change of clothes and sturdy shoes,
- Battery powered radio and flashlight,
- Medications and copies of all prescriptions
- Copies of important documents (e.g. ID, insurance cards, deeds),
- Extra eye glasses, batteries for hearing aids,
- Credit cards, ATM, and cash.
See Build a Kit for more information.
Special Information regarding PG&E Power Shutoffs
During special conditions, which include red flag warnings, high winds, low humidity, dry fuel load, and other factors, PG&E may shut down power in an effort to minimize the risk of starting a wild fire.
While PG&E will make every attempt to provide advanced notice, that may not be possible so being prepared for a power outage is important for everyone in Sonoma County this fire season. The power could be out for a number of days.
- Make sure PG&E has your current contact information. Update your contact information with PG&E online or call (866) 743-6589.
- Learn about PG&E’s Public Safety and Power Shutoff program
- Make a Plan to Stay Safe
There are a number of things you can do to get ready for a power outage. Check our Power Shutoffs page for what to do next.