Santa Rosa, CA – September 8, 2016 – Sonoma County employees and volunteers will participate in a test activation of the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for a one- day disaster preparedness exercise. The exercise is coordinated in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASAI) and 9 other bay area counties, and coincides with National Preparedness Month.
The cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg and Rohnert Park will also activate their EOCs in support of this regional exercise. The intent of the exercise is to rehearse information sharing and resource coordination between local jurisdictions in
the event of a large scale incident such as an earthquake or wildland fire.
Each jurisdiction will test the County’s new mass notification system, SoCoAlert. SoCoAlert is a free emergency notification service that allows first responders to contact residents in the event of an emergency on their handheld devices or home phone. Residents are
encouraged to register at
SoCoAlert.com or by calling (866) 939-0911.
“Due to improvements in technology, we now have the ability to notify residents and businesses by telephone, mobile phone, text, email, and social media regarding emergency situations that may threaten their lives, homes, or businesses,” said Al Terrell, Fire Chief for the Sonoma County Fire & Emergency Services
Additionally, exercise planners will work closely with the County’s Community Development Commission, Sonoma County 2-1-1, and assorted non-profit agencies during this drill. Their goal is to rehearse cold weather response protocols in preparation for the upcoming
National Preparedness Month runs throughout September. For more information please contact Emergency Coordinator Brentt Blaser, Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department: (707) 565-6160,