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How Will You Receive an Alert?

In a disaster, there are never too many ways to receive a possibly life-saving alert.

That’s why Sonoma County will use multiple ways to reach you if there is a threat to your life or property.

The County has published additional recommendations for those who have access and functional needs.

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Sign Up for Alerts

The County of Sonoma strongly recommends subscribing to the following:

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SoCoAlertCreate a managed account to receive urgent notifications about local emergencies by phone and/or text message. Powered by CodeRED.

Learn more about SoCoAlert »

Log in to manage your account

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Nixle – Text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in or sign up online to receive email, text or voice messages with alerts and advisories from local law enforcement.

Learn more about Nixle »

Sign in to modify your location or settings.

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All Hazard NOAA Weather Radio


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 emergency.

Learn more about National Weather Radio (NWR) Receivers »

Alerts that Do Not Require Subscriptions

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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) – Evacuation orders and other important messages will be sent to compatible mobile devices based on your current location.

Learn more about WEA »

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Emergency Alert System (EAS) – Alerts will interrupts local radio broadcasts and Comcast television programming in the event of a large-scale emergency.

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hi-lo sirens – Beside knocking at your doors the Deputies will also use hi-lo sirens.  When you hear the hi-lo siren, pay attention. Listen for instructions from first responders.

To learn more watch the Evacuation Preparation Video »

Alternate Notification Methods

The following require subscription before activation.

Please note: Due to potential delays, please do not rely on the following methods as your primary notification of a local emergency.

County Emergency Updates – Subscribe to the County of Sonoma to receive updates on new safety information and incidents.

Subscribe to updates on SoCoEmergency »

Road Closures Updates – Subscribe to receive emails for closed roads or delays due to emergencies or construction. Information is available in text or map format.

Subscribe to Road Closure updates »

Nextdoor – A resource for staying informed about what’s going on in your neighborhood.

Learn more about Nextdoor »
Log in to see updates and manage your account

Local Media

Download Mobile Apps

The following mobile applications are recommended:

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Ready for Wildfire Mobile App – Current fire maps and incident updates from California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Learn more about CalFire’s Ready for Wildfire mobile app »

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CodeRED Mobile Alert App – Create a CodeRED account to receive mobile push notifications that deliver location-based alerts based on your GPS location to ensure you receive critical information when you are in a CodeRED client’s jurisdiction..

Learn more about CodeRED Mobile Alert App »

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Weather Channel – Instantly get storm warnings and live radar alerts.

Learn more about the Weather Channel mobile app »

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – This simple and easy-to-use app provides safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips, and disaster resources.

Learn more about FEMA’s mobile app »

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Red Cross Mobile Apps – Several apps available including First Aid, Emergency, Earthquake, Flood, and Pet First Aid.

Learn more about the many mobile apps offered by Red Cross »

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SoCo Report It – See something that needs to be fixed (potholes, street lights, culverts, etc.); submit a request and attach a photo.

Learn more about Sonoma County’s SoCo Report It mobile app »