Emergency Preparedness


SoCoAlert See the website for alerts as well
Calfire alerts Enter your phone number and zip code for info about wildfires near you
Nixle Or text your zip code to 888777
Purchase a NOAA radio Program to frequency 162.475 or 162.550

When properly programmed, the National Weather Service can remotely turn on these radios and send basic alerts, including for wildfire. The message may be accompanied by a warning tone, depending on the model of radio you purchase.


WEA This federal system works exclusively by sending a text message to your cell phone, much like an Amber Alert. A WEA message is accompanied by a special warning tone. To activate this alert, make sure you cell phone settings are set up to accept these emergency and public safety alerts.

How to make sure Cell phone setting are turned on.


Emergency Alert System (EAS)


The system sends messages to local radio and television stations who may broadcast it. An EAS message is typically accompanied by a special warning tone. Find out what local stations are part of the EAS so you know where to go for the latest information.


Hi-Lo Sirens When activated, this distinctive two-tone siren acts as a warning notice by an officer attempting to alert you of danger.


When a Red Flag Warning occurs, this is the time to get ready to go!

 Ready for Wildfire – Wildfire is coming… are you ready?

CALFIRE has lots of materials on their website: Create an action plan, get texts, evacuation plan, emergency supply kit and defensible space.

HOT OFF the PRESS! COPE Emergency Guidebook

This guidebook has been prepared for Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE) Northern Sonoma County. The purpose of the guidebook is to provide Sonoma County residents resources and tools for understanding, preparing for and responding to potential emergencies in their home, neighborhood and place of business or school.

It is intended to be used as a reference to help prepare you, your family, animals and neighborhood to be better prepared for emergency situations. The first half of the guidebook provides information about planning and being prepared for an emergency. The second part of the document discusses specific emergency situations and provides suggested actions. COPE Guidebook Final 2-23-2021!

Home Hardening and Defensible Space

How to provide defensible space around structure - Wildfire Today

Here is a great video From the US Forest Service to share with your neighbors about the home ignition zone.  Be sure and explore the whole website as there is an abundance of information there including home hardening.

A Burning Proposition Part 1

This presentation was a discussion about the use of prescribed burning to manage vegetation and promote healthy ecosystems. We had such a great line up of speakers and over 120 registrants!  Many thanks to our speakers for sharing their experience and wisdom with us.

Historical/cultural perspective on burning Sherrie Smith-Ferri Pomo Elder from Dry Creek Rancheria
Science of putting fire on the ground Sasha Berleman, PhD
Effects on air quality Craig Tallman Air Quality District
Planning process for having a burn Chief Turbeville
A landowner’s perspective Paul Pressler
Q & A

  • The link to the recording can be found on our COPE/CERT YouTube Channel. Feel free to share it with your neighbors and others who may be interested. Kudos to Geoff Peters for cleaning up the video and making it presentable.
  • Here are the links that Craig Tallman mentioned: Anyone interested in making a smoke management plan should request a land managers account through the PFIRS system at this link ( Information about burn permits can be found at the District website ( feel free to circulate my cell phone # and email address to anyone interested in discussing these issues with me. Craig Tallman,, 707.292.9344
  • Chief Turbeville’s slides are here.  The file was too large to attach but it can be found in google docs.

A Burning Proposition Part 2: February 24th, 2021 4PM- 5:30 PM

Our next presentation will be a deeper dive into prescribed burning. This will include burn scenarios such as pile vs broadcast burning, strategies for preparing your property for a burn or slowing future fires and a discussion of vegetation management or treatment plans. Our speakers will include: Chief Turbeville (NoSoCo FPD/CALFIRE), Eric Dicke (Dicke Road Construction) and a representative from CALFIRE. Registration is now open. Submit your questions ahead of time so that we can be sure to address them. We plan to have ample time for discussion.
Register in advance for this meeting: . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Resilient Landscaping: Sustainable, Biodiverse Gardening in the Defensible Space Zone

Workshop creators and presenters include:

Mimi Enright: Program Manager, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County

April Owens: Executive Director of the Habitat Corridor Project; Horticulture Chairperson, California Native Plant Society – Milo Baker Chapter

Ellie Insley: Landscape Architect, Natural Habitat Restoration Specialist, Board of Directors Sonoma Ecology Center

Learn how to create and maintain a fire-wise, sustainable garden that supports biodiversity while meeting County code requirements. We can help you with plant selection, placement and maintenance, to preserve and even add to wildlife habitat, while taking keeping your property and neighborhood fire-wise and sustainable.

In this 2 hour workshop offers:

  • Recommendations for fire-wise landscaping in the 0-5′, 5-30′ and 30-100′ defensible space zones, with specific plant and design suggestions
  • Practical ways to reconcile sometimes conflicting guidelines, so you can have a biodiverse, energy-saving, water- and fire-wise landscape
  • A practical understanding of what it means to be sustainable in an ever-changing California climate
  • Resources for how to move forward with your landscape and community

Here is the link to the YouTube video but if you have a chance, catch one of their presentations live. They are updating and sharing new information at each presentation.

Educational Videos

We have started recording educational presentations and posting on our COPE/CERT YouTube Channel for your convenience. We will keep adding to the library!  check out the Community Briefing from July 2020. Northern Sonoma County Fire District has a YouTube channel with helpful videos such as Red Flag warnings, burn piles, etc. We will keep adding resources to this page to help you become educated and able to educate others in your community.