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Posted on: September 1, 2019

Prepared Not Scared — Be Ready for Disasters

National Preparedness Month 2019 — Prepared, Not Scared

September is National Preparedness month, and there’s no time like the present to commit to ensuring you and your family are ready no matter the type of emergency. The City has identified a list of three recommend actions to take this month to help your household prepare for the unexpected:

1)    Sign up for SoCoAlert, Sonoma County’s Emergency Notification System
SoCoAlert provides Sonoma County first responders the ability to alert residents by landline or mobile phone, text message and email about imminent threats to life and property in specific emergency-impacted areas. It’s important that you register all addresses that you’d like to receive emergency alerts for including your place of work, child’s school, elderly family member’s place of residence, etc. You do not have to physically be in the location of the emergency to receive the alert.  Sign Up

2)    Learn what a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) is and how to prepare for one
If extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted to threaten a portion of the electric system, PG&E may proactively turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. Customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, but many of PG&E’s electric customers, including residents who live in the City of Santa Rosa, could have their electricity shut off if they reside within an area that relies upon power that passes through a an area of concern. Residents are recommended to prepare supplies for a potential outage lasting up to five days. However, the duration of a PSPS is dependent on numerous factors including weather and any damage to infrastructure. Preparations the City of Santa Rosa and our residents are making for PSPS events are making us better prepared as a community for any disaster that could cause a long duration power outage. Learn More

3)    Attend Sonoma Ready Day on Sunday, September 8th
Receive a free emergency Go Bag (while supplies last), gain valuable preparedness tips and resources, and hear from public safety officials during this free family event to ensure you’ve thought of everything you need to develop an emergency plan for your household. Get Event Details

Looking for more emergency preparedness guidance? Visit srcity.org/2558/Emergency-Preparedness 

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