Communities Organized to Prepare for Emergencies

leader support

Every step of the way, COPE is with you

Join our monthly leadership meetings

The COPE Leadership meetings are for COPE Community Leaders and collaborating organizations. We meet the third Monday of every month from 3:30-5 pm via Zoom.

If you wish to join the meetings send us an email at: to get the link.

Resources during an incident

We are constantly updating maps, safety protocols and bringing in new methods to connect and engage to keep you and your neighbors more safe.

You will get to know your local emergency responders on a first name basis.

You can ask real questions – and get real answers.

Sign designed by local architect Martin Dreiling and installed by Eagle Scout Bryce Turbeville and others.
White dog being held in lap during meeting


COPE NoSoCo Leadership Email Archive

The COPE Guidebook – information about emergency preparedness

COPE 101 Handbook – for COPE leaders

Red Flag Protocol – learn about red flag warnings, when to post a red flag and order supplies. When a Red Flag Warning occurs, this is the time to get ready to go!

Air Horn Protocol – helpful if communication is particularly challenging where you live.

Community Fire Fuel Reduction Chipper Event Guide – includes steps to offering an event, contact phone numbers and even a flyer to get you started.

Reflective Sign program includes information about Ordinance 13A and how to order supplies so that you can make your own.

GroupMe Text Etiquette info sheet includes how to communicate using texts and how to use the app. Here is a link to a video on how to set up GroupMe as well as a GroupMe tutorial.

If you want to start developing your own protocols here is the Protocol Template.

SoCoAlert – See the website for alerts as well

Nixle Or text your zip code to 888777

NOAA radio Program – When properly programmed to frequency 162.475 or 162.550, the National Weather Service can remotely turn on these radios and send basic alerts, including for wildfire. The message may be accompanied by a warning tone, depending on the model of radio you purchase.

WEA – This federal system works exclusively by sending a text message to your cell phone, much like an Amber Alert. A WEA message is accompanied by a special warning tone. To activate this alert, make sure you cell phone settings are set up to accept these emergency and public safety alerts.

How to make sure Cell phone settings are turned on.

Emergency Alert System (EAS) – The system sends messages to local radio and television stations who may broadcast it. An EAS message is typically accompanied by a special warning tone. Find out what local stations are part of the EAS so you know where to go for the latest information.

Hi-Lo Sirens – When activated, this distinctive two-tone siren acts as a warning notice by an officer attempting to alert you of danger.

Red Flag Warnings

CALFIRECreate an action plan, get texts, evacuation plan, emergency supply kit and defensible space.

Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services – Downloadable emergency plans, videos on how to make a go bag, sign up for alerts and MUCH more:

Home Hardening and Defensible Space – Learn more about having a wildfire prepared home from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. They have done the research about how to make your home wildfire resilient.

Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Network Pathways Tool: The FAC Pathways Tool helps communities identify asset of strategies which are tailored to their strengths and needs and based on practices that have been successful in communities similar to theirs. Download the tool here.

Educational Videos
COPE YouTube Channel
Northern Sonoma County Fire District – helpful videos such as Red Flag warnings, burn piles, etc.