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Posted on: October 1, 2019

City Introduces Evacuation Planning Toolkit and Hi/Lo Sirens


The City of Santa Rosa has developed a new evacuation planning toolkit to help community members better prepare in the event of an emergency evacuation. An update on the project and a demonstration of a Hi/Lo Siren sound – Santa Rosa’s newest evacuation alerting tool – will be provided this afternoon at the City Council meeting during the Fire Recovery update around 4:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chamber, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue. The Hi/Lo Siren demonstration will be staged just outside the Council Chambers on the southwest side of the building (nearest to the intersection of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues).

The toolkit can be accessed online at and contains resources that encourage residents to take advanced actions to prepare for an emergency evacuation. The following information can be found within the toolkit:

Evacuation Planning Area Maps – Using a searchable map, community members can retrieve an Evacuation Planning Area Map for the neighborhood or geographical area in which they reside. This map identifies all the recommended routes that may be used during an evacuation. Oftentimes the safest route out may not be the typical route traveled, therefore, the City urges residents to know all the ways out ahead of time and listen for instructions from emergency personnel on which way to go when asked to evacuate.

Evacuation Checklist – A downloadable checklist offering important pre-evacuation steps to take to better protect people, pets, and property if time allows before leaving. Residents are advised to keep the checklist visible such as near the front door or on the refrigerator so it’s easy to find when needed

Hi/Lo Siren Education – Following suit with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and other neighboring counties, the City has recently outfitted Santa Rosa police and fire department vehicles with Hi/Lo sirens to be used to alert residents in the event of an evacuation as certain emergency conditions could limit the City’s ability to reach community members using traditional alert and warning tools. Hi/Lo sirens offer a different sound than traditional public safety vehicle sirens and will only be used in an emergency to alert residents within specific areas of the need to evacuate. A brief video message from Police Chief Navarro introducing the Hi/Lo sirens can be found on the website.

Additional preparedness tips and FAQs can also be found within the evacuation website. This toolkit is phase one of a two-part public outreach campaign. Beginning in early 2020, the City will launch phase two consisting of several planned evacuation drills with specific neighborhood areas.

For more information on the evacuation planning toolkit, visit

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