Emergency Preparedness

What Can Residents Do to Prepare for an Emergency? 

Guides & Resources for Emergency Preparation

Plan Ahead for Disasters: Talk with your family and your neighbors. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.

Are You Prepared: 72 Hours — In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored. 

Are You Ready? — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Are You Ready? A guide to Citizen Preparedness

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Ready.Gov

Public Health Preparedness and Response — Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Disaster Preparedness — American Red Cross

Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit — Be prepared to use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer, after a disaster.

Citizens Organized to Prevent Emergencies (COPE) — City of Santa Rosa Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE) Program

What is the City doing to prepare for an emergency? 

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

The City of Santa Rosa is vulnerable to a host of hazards, including earthquakes, floods, winter storms, landslides/mudslides, hazardous material spills, droughts, civil unrest, terrorism, transportation disasters, and disease pandemics. Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning refers to the effort within individual cities, departments, and agencies to ensure a continuance of their essential functions across a wide range of potential emergencies. An organization's resiliency is directly related to the effectiveness of its continuity capability, and the ability of the organization to: protect its employees, customers, essential facilities, equipment, records, and other assets; reduce and mitigate disruptions to operations; prevent the loss of life and property damage; timely and orderly recovery from emergencies; and resumption of full service to customers. 

Because local governments play an integral role in determining the needs of the public and providing essential services, such as police and fire services, road construction, and utilities, on a day-to-day basis, Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning is part of the fundamental mission of local governments. This COOP plan is designed to ensure the continuity of government and performance of essential functions during and after an emergency, disaster or other disruption to normal City of Santa Rosa business operations. 

Emergency Operations Plan (EOP):

This Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is the ultimate authority for coordinating response and recovery operations in the City of Santa Rosa. Its primary intent is to govern such operations following incidents that require the involvement of multiple City departments, external organizations/jurisdictions, other levels of government, or mutual aid. This EOP identifies the City’s emergency planning, organization, response policies, and procedures. The plan also addresses integration and coordination with other governmental levels when required. This plan is flexible enough to use in all emergencies and will facilitate response and short-term recovery activities. This plan is based on the functions and principles of the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), which is based on the FIRESCOPE Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and identifies how the City fits into the overall SEMS/NIMS structure.