Within Sonoma County, messages regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community are broadcast using the SoCoAlert system. These may include evacuation notifications, shelter-in-place orders, boil water advisories, high fire danger warnings, tsunami warnings, and flood warning.
Sign up for SoCoAlert by creating a managed account through the system carrier, CodeRED. Once signed-up you will receive notifications from Sonoma County first responders in the event of emergencies.
A managed account will allow you to save and modify your existing notification settings and contact information.
Like all jurisdictions using CodeRED services, you may customize the types of notifications you receive and add additional addresses for the CodeRED system to monitor.
Sonoma County’s Northwest Roadway Safety, Fuels Reduction, and Community Chipper and Engagement Project
Fire Safe Sonoma teamed up with Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works to create a Northwest Roadway Safety, Fuels Reduction, and Community Chipper and Engagement Project Grant. CAL FIRE, who will be providing $1 million for the $1.2 million project, approved the grant.
This project is created to assess and treat fuel risks and tree mortality within the public right of way, on 30 miles of roads in northwestern Sonoma County, and will be led by the Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW).
In conjunction, Fire Safe Sonoma, Inc. (FSS) will, lead community engagement, provide educational outreach, conduct wildland fire safety home assessments and provide coordination for the county chipper program within the project area.
Sonoma County CWPP Update
In November and December, we assisted the County of Sonoma with creating a Cal OES grant application titled Sonoma County Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update & LHMP Annexation. Fire Safe Sonoma is a Stakeholder in this grant with specific obligations.
Ready Set Go
Over the past year, we worked collaboratively with the Sonoma County Fire Chief’s Association to establish a Ready-Set-Go! Program. This is a Nationally recognized program we are adapting to the needs of Sonoma County.
In November, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provided $50,000 to the organizations to fund printing of Ready Set Go booklets in English and Spanish and to develop wildland safety content messages deliverable through via social media and in-person events.
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG), program educates residents about proactive measures to take before a wildfire, or other emergency, and actions to follow when communities are threatened. The program’s three tenets encourage Sonoma County residents to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, to be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life threatening.
Red Flag Warning System
New Red Flag Warning System now in service!
Soon, you will see a red flag marked “High Fire Danger” displayed at your local fire department during red flag warnings. This program is being initiated by the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs Association with the help of Fire Safe Sonoma and PG&E.
Sonoma County – When the North Bay Firestorm of October 2017 burned through Sonoma County, torching more than 200,000 acres and destroying almost 6,000 structures. 44 people were killed as the blazes struck suddenly in the middle of the night and caught many off guard. Many residents were unaware of the red flag warning that had been issued, warning of winds reaching nearly 50 mph, and were unprepared when disaster struck.
Red flag warnings are notifications issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighters and residents that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread. They are typically issued when frequent wind gusts reach over 25mph and/or relative humidity is at or below 15%.
If you see a red flag flying at a nearby fire station, there are a few steps you should in order to be prepared in the event of a fast-moving or unexpected fire.
- Have an emergency bag ready with food, water, important documents and other essentials designed to last 72 hours.
- Clear away dead vegetation within at least 10 ft of your home and out of gutters. Remove flammable materials (i.e. firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 ft around your home.
- Do not engage in any outdoor burning, including in fire pits.
- Ensure your home smoke alarms are working
- Decide on an escape plan from your home and find two evacuation routes out of your neighborhood with a designated meeting place.
- Ensure that you are signed up for emergency alerts
“This new system will make it easier for us as fire departments to ensure that communities are aware and alert in the event of a fire like we experienced in October of 2017,” Fire Chief Jason Boaz of Healdsburg Fire Department said, “it will help spread the word and potentially save lives.”