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Posted on: September 14, 2023

Wildfire Ready: Know your Zones! Evacuation Zone 101

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In the event of a large-scale emergency requiring mass evacuations, the City of Santa Rosa has developed designated evacuation zones for the entire community. Have you looked up what designated evacuation zone you are in? It is essential to know your zone ahead of time so you can quickly evacuate if orders for your zone are issued. An emergency can happen anywhere, at any time, and Santa Rosa Fire Department wants you, your family, and your neighbors to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Look up your evacuation zone HERE

It is also essential to review your Neighborhood Travel Routes. Depending on the emergency conditions, any of those designated routes could potentially be used as an evacuation route by public safety officials in the event of an emergency. If you reside within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and in designated areas around the WUI, your map displays all the recommended routes leading out of your neighborhood area to the major travel routes that may be used during an evacuation. If you reside outside of the WUI or other designated areas, your map will display the major travel routes that may be used during an evacuation. Review, download, and print your neighborhood travel routes and be sure to include them in your emergency Go-Bags and for your vehicles. For the list of all Santa Rosa City Neighborhood Travel Route PDFs HERE 

In the event of an evacuation, local emergency officials will use SoCoAlert to reach you. SoCo Alert is the City’s Primary Emergency alerting system for large-scale emergencies. You must register for emergency notifications at to receive evacuations notices by phone call, text, and/or email. Evacuation notices sent through SoCoAlert will use the following terminology:

  • EVACUATION ORDER:  You must evacuate immediately due to imminent threat to life.
  • EVACUATION WARNING:  There is potential threat to life and property within a given time frame. Begin preparing yourself, your animals, and your property for a potential evacuation order.
  • SHELTER-IN-PLACE:  Stay secure at your current location. This may be required when evacuation is impossible, too dangerous, or unnecessary.

Please also register for CivicReady alerts where the City of Santa Rosa’s police and Fire departments can send you public safety alerts, press releases, and information notifications via text message, email, or voicemail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. Register HERE

For more on all Wildfire Ready Information and emergency preparedness please visit 

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