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Sonoma County Operational Area

Due to the potential for a major catastrophe such a an earthquake, flood, fire or other natural or man-made disaster which could cause all governmental entitles with Sonoma County to share resources and information with each other and with the State of California, the incorporated cities and special districts within Sonoma County have agreed to participate in the Sonoma County Operation Area Emergency Management Organization through a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). In order to ensure an intermediate level of organization, cooperation and planning between public and private entities within the Sonoma County boundaries each participant has agreed to the following:

  • To participate in the Sonoma County Op Area Emergency Coordinator’s Forum
  • To share and disseminate disaster intelligence to the Sonoma County Op Area EOC
  • To train and exercise personnel as needed to apply effective disaster management within their own jurisdiction
  • To exchange resource requests between the cities and the Sonoma County Op Area
  • To designate a representative who is authorized to speak on behalf of the party at the Sonoma County Op Area Emergency Council

In accordance with the Standardized Emergency Management System and our local JPA, when a disaster occurs, the Sonoma County Op Area Emergency Management Organization assumes overall responsibility for coordinating and supporting emergency operations within the County/Op Area. When one of the city or jurisdictional EOCs activate and request Op Area EOC support, or two or more city or jurisdictional EOCs are activated, this would prompt the activation of the Sonoma County Op Area EOC. The Op Area EOC then becomes the focal point for information sharing and support requests by cities within the County The Op Area EOC administers mutual aid requests for all fire, law, EMS, public works, emergency managers or other mutual aid through OES Mutual Aid Region II.

Contact Information

Christopher Godley

Director of Emergency Management

Department of Emergency Management
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 220 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46229, -122.725377


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