Alert and Warning Exercise on August 17

Please Note: If an extreme weather event is forecasted the test alert and warning exercise will be canceled. 

The City of Santa Rosa, County of Sonoma and National Weather Service Bay Area will conduct an emergency alert and warning exercise comprised of two individual tests on August 17. The effort includes a countywide test of the NOAA Weather Radio warning alarm system as well as a targeted text message, email and phone call alert test to select subscribers of SoCoAlert, here in Santa Rosa.

Test 1 COUNTYWIDE: Non-Weather Emergency Message system using NOAA Weather Radios

The first test, at about 12:00 p.m., is a test emergency message broadcast to all NOAA Weather Radios (NWR) throughout Sonoma County. The NWR warning alarm will sound one time, then be followed by a short test message, and then a closing alarm tone. This test message will be transmitted as a Civil Emergency Message and the words “Civil Emergency Message” may scroll across the NWR displays of compatible radios. The NWR test cycle will play through only one time.

Only those with a NWR within Sonoma County will be able to participate in this test, including those who recently received a radio through the City’s Drive-Thru Distributions this summer. NWR owners are encouraged to ensure that warning alarms are enabled for Civil Emergency Messages in order to take part in this test. Additionally, make sure the NWR is plugged in, with back up batteries installed, and set up per the radio manufacturer instructions.

Test 2 Select SANTA ROSA Evacuation Zones: Targeted SMS and Phone Call Alert

The second test, a targeted email, text message and/or phone call alert, will be directed to those who have addresses within the City of Santa Rosa’s Montecito Heights and Fountaingrove 2 designated evacuation zones. If you are unsure of your designated evacuation zone, you may use the City of Santa Rosa’s look-up tool online here. If you need extra assistance looking up your zone, please call 2-1-1.

At 1:00 p.m., a test emergency message will be launched in the City of Santa Rosa’s Montecito Heights designated evacuation zone. This will be a short text message, email and/or phone call to all contacts associated with an address within the Montecito Heights zone.

At 1:15 p.m., a test emergency message will be launched in the City of Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove 2 designated evacuation zone and will also consist of a short text message, email and/or phone call to all contacts associated with an address within the Fountaingrove 2 zone.

Residents the City of Santa Rosa’s Montecito Heights and Fountaingrove 2 designated evacuation zones should confirm cell phones’ sounds are turned on. Be aware that airplane mode or “do not disturb” settings will prevent you from hearing an alert.

All residents are encouraged to register to receive SoCoAlerts and learn more about how they work and why they are crucial in an emergency or disaster. In addition to registering for SoCoAlert, you can program the alert phone number (866-419-5000) in your cell phone so you will recognize and answer the call. Residents who are not registered may still receive an alert because the SoCoAlert database uses phone numbers from utility records and other public sources.

Please Note: If an extreme weather event is forecasted the test alert and warning exercise will be canceled.