Santa Rosa, CA – August 29, 2019 – On Thursday,
September 5th, Sonoma County’s Department of Emergency Management
will test three alert and warning systems, including the Wireless Emergency
Alert (WEA) system, SoCoAlert, and the National Weather Service NOAA Weather
Radio System, from 10:00am until 11:10am. During this testing period, residents
and visitors within the communities of Healdsburg, Cloverdale, and Geyserville
will receive a phone call or an alert on their mobile device.
“There are never too many ways to
receive an emergency alert, that’s why we use multiple systems to reach you if
there is a threat to your life or property,” stated Sonoma County Board Chair
David Rabbitt. “Testing our systems allows us to study gaps and make
improvements for a safer, more prepared County.”
these tests brings our community together and helps us build a culture of
preparedness,” said District 4 Supervisor James Gore. “These are the systems we
will use in a real emergency to provide
our residents and visitors with critical information and instructions to help
keep us safe.”
The WEA system
is similar to the Amber Alert system and uses a special tone and vibration on
mobile devices, as well as sends a brief text when there is an immediate threat
to life and property. SoCoAlert is a free emergency notification used to alert
residents and businesses by telephone, mobile phone, text message, email, and
social media regarding time-sensitive, geographically specific emergency
notifications. Both tests will be sent in English and Spanish.
to WEA, and SoCoAlert, the County is partnering with the National Weather
Service, to test the NOAA Weather Radio system. The NOAA Weather Radio All
Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous
weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office.
NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts, and other
hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will be the first
non-weather related alert tested in California.
information about the Emergency Alert exercise, please contact Community Alert
and Warning Program Manager Tim Romero at (707) 565-1152 or at tim.romero@Sonoma-County.org.
information about preparedness, visit SoCoEmergency.org and sign up for SoCoAlert at SoCoAlert.com or call (866) 939-0911 to receive