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Posted on: September 1, 2020

September is National Preparedness Month

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SANTA ROSA, CA - September is National Preparedness Month, and now is the time to be ready, regardless of the type of emergency. The 2020 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

The City of Santa Rosa recommends residents take the following four actions this month:

  1. Determine your Evacuation Zone at Memorize your zone or write it down and post somewhere convenient so that you can quickly evacuate if orders for your zone were issued during a large-scale emergency requiring mass evacuations.
  2. Learn about the emergency alerting tools used to warn you in the event of an emergency and sign up for the ones that require subscription at The City uses multiple notification and warning systems to make sure emergency alerts are delivered to the people who need the information.
  3. Review a Pre-Evacuation Checklist at includes guidance for packing your “Go Bag” and updating it with COVID-19 necessities, like face coverings and sanitization supplies.
  4. Know all the recommended travel routes out of your neighborhood at Any of the recommended routes could be determined by public safety officials to be the evacuation route for your neighborhood during an emergency.

The City of Santa Rosa is committed to the safety of residents and making sure we are all prepared, especially now during fire season. The City of Santa Rosa will be encouraging residents to take preparedness actions throughout the month of September through a variety of outreach strategies. This week, postcards will be mailed to each household in the Santa Rosa city limits that encourages residents to look up their designated evacuation zone with the City’s convenient online tool.

"The events of the last few weeks remind us that an emergency can happen at any time,” says Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner. “Now is the time to make a plan and prepare. The City has created several online tools and resources to help guide you through emergency preparedness, and I encourage everyone to review the material without delay.”

Additional emergency preparation information, specific to the City of Santa Rosa, is available online at

About National Preparedness Month:
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. More information is available at


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