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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Preparations for Emergency Response During Fire Season

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Fire season has begun, and the City of Santa Rosa wants residents to be aware of the ways that Sonoma County public safety officials will be monitoring and responding to conditions in the field to help protect our community. 

  • Red Flags Fly at all Fire Stations During Red Flag Warnings: The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department is joining Fire agencies across Sonoma County to implement a new way to increase public awareness during times of critical fire weather conditions.When the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning locally, all City of Santa Rosa Fire Stations will fly a red flag to signify the conditions to the community. A Red Flag Warning means that there is an increased risk for fire danger due to warm temperatures, very low humidity, and stronger winds. Community members should take precautions during times of a Red Flag Warning, by avoiding outdoor activities that could spark a fire -- learn more at srcity.org/emergency
     
  • Advanced Warning Fire Cameras: Over the last year, a network of advanced-warning fire cameras have been installed in strategic vantage point areas throughout Sonoma County. The cameras are used 24/7 by fire and dispatch agencies to monitor fires in and around Sonoma County, and can also be viewed online by the public. The cameras will allow for greater advanced notice and situational awareness of a fire threat even when the fire starts in a neighboring jurisdiction. View the cameras at alertwildfire.org/northbay/

  • Increased Fire Resources on Red Flag Days: During a Red Flag Warning, which signifies critical fire weather conditions, Sonoma County fire agencies now work in partnership to staff additional firefighters and fire-fighting equipment beyond routine staffing levels to actively patrol areas specified as high-fire risk areas during a declared weather event. This action will allow for quicker and more immediate onsite resources in the event of a fire threat.

  • Emergency Notification Tools: In the event of an emergency, the City will use multiple notification and warning systems to make sure emergency alerts are delivered to the people who need the information. It’s important that every resident is aware of these systems, is subscribed to the ones that require registration, and understands how each system works to deliver critical messages to recipients. Make sure you know your alerts: EnglishSpanish

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