Weather Warnings

Red flag being raised at fire station

The City of Santa Rosa is prepared to adequately respond to the needs of our community if our area is impacted by severe weather and encourages residents to be prepared as well. We live in a region where the weather can change instantly and we encourage everyone to be aware of severe weather potential and to have a plan for all weather emergencies.

When severe weather threatens, monitor local television and radio stations for updates and warnings. Check this webpage often for updates if a weather watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service. You can also follow the City of Santa Rosa and our Public Safety agencies on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

What To Expect When The National Weather Service Issues a Severe Weather Alert:

  1. Excessive Heat 
  2. Fire Weather
  3. Flooding
  4. Winter/Cold Weather
  5. Wind/Fog/Other Severe Weather

An Excessive Heat Watch or Warning is issued when there is a potentiafor the heat index value to reach or exceed 105 degrees in an area within the next 24 to 48 hours.

An Excessive Heat advisory means that there could be a period of hot or above-average temperatures. Hot temperatures can create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. If an Excessive Heat Watch is issued, drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. 

The Recreation & Parks Department operates several air-conditioned lobbies that are open to the public if citizens need a place to stay cool during the day, including:

  • Finley Recreation Complex - 2060 West College Avenue - 8AM-6PM, M-F 
  • Steele Lane Community Center - 415 Steele Lane - 8:00AM-5PM, M-F
  • Person Senior Wing – 2060 West College Ave – 8AM-5PM, M-F