Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE)

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About COPE


Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), was started by residents of the Santa Rose Community of Oakmont, in cooperation with the Santa Rosa Fire Department and the American Red Cross.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department encourages our spirited citizens within our community to take the initiative to train and prepare with their neighbors. Taking these steps, we can all COPE a little better with disasters that may disrupt our lives such as earthquake, fire, flood, landslide and other natural and man-made emergencies.

The mission of COPE is to encourage residents, families, and neighborhoods to become and remain better prepared to respond to and recover from emergency situations. This includes developing individual response plans, maintaining individual emergency supply kits, and neighbors getting to know and plan with other neighbors in their community.

The information we've provided here for you on our webpage is intended to promote emergency preparedness and neighborhood communication. We hope you find it useful and encourage you to reach out to us if there's any other information you'd like made available to you.
  1. Get to Know Your Neighbors

    Learn how to develop COPE Neighborhood Teams and conduct your own COPE Neighborhood Meetings.

  2. Make an Emergency Plan

    View steps for creating and practicing your own household emergency plan.

  3. Prepare an Emergency Kit

    All citizens should have some basic supplies on hand in order for a family to survive if an emergency occurs. The emergency supply kit should be robust and contain enough food, water, medications and other consumables to last seven to ten days.

  4. Be Informed

    It is important to be aware of what hazards may impact your community. There are many ways to be aware and stay informed of what is happening in the community.

  5. Be Involved

    Find out what you can do to help your community recover from all kinds of emergencies.