Get Ready

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.

Stay Informed

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

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

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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.

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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

Learn more about National Weather Radio (NWR) Receivers »

Check out Stay Informed for more information including radio, television, and mobile applications!

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!
  • Complete a Personal Emergency Plan

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.

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.

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