Emergency Coordinators Forum
The Sonoma County Operational Area’s Emergency Coordinators Forum is a working group hosted by Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management and composed of representatives from each of the cities, various county departments, state agencies, special districts, utilities, and disaster response and recovery related agencies.
These members are tasked with emergency management responsibilities in the Sonoma County Operational Area.
The Sonoma Operational Area is a joint powers agreement consisting of all of the political subdivisions within the County’s geographical borders.
The group meets quarterly to discuss and coordinate emergency management, preparedness, training and disaster recovery-related issues.
Pete Peterka Emergency Management Award
December Emergency Coordinators Forum 2020
At the December Emergency Coordinators Forum the Annual awards were presented virtually this year. During a two hour Zoom meeting a number of important awards and recognitions were presented.
Sergeant Greg Stachyn, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office received a Pete Peterka Award for his work in developing a static evacuation map for the county. This map was rolled out, while in draft form, during the LNU Complex Fire.
The City of Petaluma was also awarded a Pete Peterka Award for their commitment to standing up shelters during fires in Sonoma County. They have sheltered thousands of residents from throughout the county in the last few years.
The Sonoma County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) was awarded a Special Recognition Award for their work in the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) and the community in 2019 during compounded and protracted disasters.
Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner was recognized for his leadership as Operational Area Fire Coordinator and tireless work to prepare and respond to disasters in the county Chief Gossner will be retiring from public service in the near future.
City of Sonoma City Manger Cathy Capriola was also recognized for her leadership and dedication to the City and County since 2017 and her many improvements if Emergency Operations for her community.
December Emergency Coordinators Forum 2019
The December Emergency Coordinators Forum was held on Dec 13, 2019 at The United States Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma. A number of awards were presented.
The City of Sonoma received the Pete Peterka Award, which was accepted by Sonoma City Manager Cathy Capriola and Jim Comisky, Battalion Chief for Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue authority, Also pictured, Jeff DuVall, Deputy Director Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management.
The City of Santa Rosa was recognized for their aid and assistance during the Kincade Fire, with the award accepted by Neil Bregman, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Also pictured Mickie Tagle, Town of Windsor, Senior Management Analyst and Brittany Miller, Deputy Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, City of Santa Rosa.
The City of Petaluma was also recognized for their aid and assistance during the Kincade Fire, with the award being accepted by Jeff Schach, Petaluma Fire Department Assistant Chief.
Lori Wyatt from Sonoma Water was recognized for her years of service as she retires from the water agency.