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Air Quality/ Smoke Health Advisory (Updated on 11/13/2018)


City offices are open for normal business hours Tuesday, November 13, 2018. The Ridgway and Finley outdoor pools are currently closed due to unhealthy air quality. The Air Quality Index is informing staff on when to open and close the pools for use. When air quality in Santa Rosa is in the “Unhealthy,” “Very Unhealthy,” and “Hazardous” ranges, the pools are closed. Indoor recreation facilities, including Finley Community Center, the Person Senior Wing and Steele Lane Community Center are open with air filtration in place. All indoor recreation programs, classes and facility rentals will take place on Tuesday, November 13th as scheduled. 


Air quality conditions in Sonoma County have worsened. Although air quality varies across the county some areas are in the unhealthy or very unhealthy ranges. The National Weather Service predicts these conditions will remain for the next 24 hours. Everyone should limit their time outdoors and avoid outdoor exertion. Children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease are most at risk for harmful impacts. To decrease your exposure to wildfire smoke and to limit harmful effects from smoke follow these healthy habits:

  • Limit your time outside and stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If possible, seek shelter in buildings with filtered air OR move to areas outside the region less impacted by wildfire smoke until smoke levels subside.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed unless it’s extremely hot outside.
  • Run your home or car air conditioner on recycle or recirculate. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
  • If you or your children have asthma or other lung disease, make sure you follow your doctor’s directions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan. Call your doctor for advice if symptoms worsen or consider leaving the area.

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Emergency Preparedness Information

Power Outages

  1. Preparing for a Power Outage
  2. What to Do Once the Power Goes Out
Preparing for a Power Outage
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit. Stock supplies to last a week, including flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Plan for any medical needs for you and your family. 
  • Talk with your doctor about planning for any medications that may need to be refrigerated or medical devices that require power.
  • Store emergency water and food in portable containers. 
  • Have enough water and food to last a week. Store in portable, waterproof containers in an easy-to-reach location.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones. Consider alternative charging methods such as portable battery packs for phones and other devices that require power.
  • Create and practice an emergency plan. Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do by practicing your emergency plan several times.Print and store an emergency contact list outside of your phone. In the event your phone battery dies, make sure every member of your family has a copy of important phone numbers.
  • Evaluate your home. Install and replace batteries in smoke alarms, and locate and know how to use fire extinguishers.
  • Know how to open your garage door manually. Learn and practice opening your garage door using the manual release lever.
  • Keep your gas tank full or your car charged. Gas stations rely on electricity to pump gas, so try to keep your gas tank full in case of an outage. If you have an electric vehicle, keep it charged.
  • Keep ice on hand to keep food cold. Freeze water in plastic jugs so you can use them to keep food cold during a temporary outage.

Important Information in the Event of an Emergency

  1. What You Can Do on Your Own
  2. During an Emergency
  3. Evacuation
  4. Sheltering
  5. Transportation
  6. Hospitals
  7. Fire Stations
  8. Local Resources
  9. Non-Emergency Numbers

What You Can Do on Your Own

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