Communities Organized to Prepare for Emergencies


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COPE Publications

The Disaster Knowledge Digest is your source for preparedness “how to” information. Details include how to Stay Informed, Make a Plan and Build a Kit as well as preparing for specific hazards like earthquakes and wildfires.

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The COPE Leader Handbook provides detailed guidance on the 7 Steps to A COPE Program. It is for people new to COPE and for Leaders that have established COPE Communities. The Handbook is loaded with links to make your job easier such as COPE surveys and letters of introduction, meeting agenda ideas and even a sign in sheet, a sample communication plan, community assessment tools and much more.

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The Toolkit is for you if:

  • You are new to COPE and need ideas about how to get started in establishing a COPE Community.
  • You already have a COPE community and are looking for ways to reinvigorate your community.

The Toolkit is filled with unique and innovative tools to help you engage your neighbors and build COPE Leadership including introductory letters, special topic notices, “Wanted” poster and more. Print them out and use them in your community.

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Stay Informed

SoCoAlert – Create a managed account to receive urgent notifications about local emergencies by phone and/or text message. Powered by CodeRED.

Nixle – Text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in or sign up online to receive email, text or voice messages with alerts and advisories from local law enforcement.

Get a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) and leave it on at all times. When activated by an event, these radios generate an alarm, voice alert, and flasher. Sonoma County residents may tune their NOAA radio to frequency 162.475. If you are deaf or have hearing loss these radios have add-on equipment such as strobe lights and bed shakers to help alert everyone in the household that action is needed in an emergency.

WatchDuty – developed by a local COPE member. Their mission is to publish only the facts that provide true situational awareness in case of emergency, without editorialization or prediction.

PulsePoint – a 911-connected app that can immediately inform you of
emergencies occurring in your community and can request your help when CPR is needed nearby. PulsePoint Respond is not available in all areas.

GroupMe – an app that helps people connect simultaneously. COPE has a GroupMe for Leaders so important information can be shared quickly in an incident. Some local neighborhood groups have also established their own groups for this purpose.

One Call Now is an app that delivers your messages to everybody on your designated contact list. Send messages as your choice of a  phone call, SMS text message, email or push notification. Many COPE communities use this for internal communications.

Home Hardening: IBHS Wildfire Prepared Home –

Defensible Space: CALFIRE Prepare for Wildfire –

NFPA How to Become a Firewise USA Site –

Resources During an Incident


Sonoma County Sheriff – Nixles

City of Healdsburg

Supervisor Gore District 4 – Sign up for emails

Alert Wildfire Cameras

PG&E PSPS and Power status

CalFire Incident Maps




Sonoma County Fire Maps 

Sonoma County Road Closures



Flood Info

National Weather Service Advisories

Flood Forecast Hotline: (707) 526-4768

Stream Maintenance: (707) 543-3800 or (707) 543-3805 After Hours.

Sewage Emergency Hotline: (707) 543-4200 or (707) 543-3805 After Hours



Watch Duty


Local Radio

KSRO 103.5 FM, 94.5FM, 1350 AM – Website

KCBS 106.9 FM, 740 AM


CalFire Lake Napa Unit (LNU)

Sonoma County Sheriff – Daily briefings with CalFire

Supervisor Gore – daily videos and updates

Supervisor Hopkins – daily updates

County of Sonoma

Sonoma County Dept of Emergency Management – Daily briefings during incident, educational events

News of the Northbay – video updates

City of Healdsburg

City of Santa Rosa


Sonoma Scanners

Calfire LNU

Wind, Weather, and Air Quality – Real time wind activity in the area and forecasted wind patterns for 72 hours – Real time air quality, including PM 2.5 – Click on yellow dot on side bar for legend

NOAA Weather Forecast – Will show forecasted wind events, red flags, etc.

Red Flag Warning NWS – Fire weather watch or RFW

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