August 2018 Edition
Are you prepared for a wildfire?
P lan. Know. Act.

Many residents in Sonoma County live in or near fire danger. For those who do live in a high fire area, knowing what to do when conditions are ideal for a forest or urban fire is essential.

A Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents & visitors, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

In Sonoma County, each Fire Department or Fire District has their own plan to respond to Red Flag Warnings, based on the needs of their area. During Red Flag Warnings, fire agencies in Sonoma County will up-staff and pre-deploy resources throughout the county.

Likewise, Sonoma County Emergency Management Division will actively monitor conditions and staff will be on call and ready to respond to changing conditions that could impact our residents and visitors.

Below are some things you can do when Red Flag Warnings are issued.

PLAN - Review your evacuation and communication plan:
  • Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked, and tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
  • If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. If your car is in a garage, know how to manually open the garage door in case of a power outage.
  • Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation:
1) People/Pets;
2) Prescriptions;
3) Papers;
4) Personal Needs;
5) Priceless Items.

KNOW - Stay informed:
  • Sign up for safety information on Nixle by texting your zip code to 888-777 or registering at
  • For information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing, sign up for SoCo Alerts
  • Sonoma County will send a Wireless Emergency Alert to areas if evacuations are ordered, intended to reach all cell phones in the area.

ACT - Prevent Fires:
  • If you see smoke or flames, please call 911 immediately.
  • Do not use open flames, briquettes or fireworks of any kind.
  • Never mow or trim on dry grass on a Red Flag Warning Day.
  • Do not park or drive vehicles in dry grass.
  • Keep flammable objects (lawn mowers, oil or gas cans, propane tanks and wood piles) at least 30 feet away from the home at all times.
  • Keep roofs, gutters, decks and patios clear of leaves, pine needles or other flammables.

Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Emergency Response partners remind residents that excessive heat poses a significant health risk. For information on staying safe during times of high temperatures, click here.
Sonoma County Recovers Together!

It is not too late to share your ideas about what actions will lead to a successful recovery and resilient future for Sonoma County. Topics include: preparedness, infrastructure, housing, economy, natural resources, and safety net. The goal is to ensure the safety, livelihood, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

Upcoming Events:
Aug 8th  | 6 - 8 PM Sonoma Veterans Building, 126 1st Street W., Sonoma

Meetings for our Spanish Speaking Community Members:
Aug 28th | 6 - 8 PM Lawrence Cook Middle School, 2480 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa
Sept 5th | 6 - 8 PM La Luz, 17560 Greger Street, Sonoma

Childcare, snacks, and Spanish translation will be provided. For more information visit: Office of Recovery and Resiliency
The County of Sonoma is pleased to announce it has been named the national first place winner by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the innovative and collaborative digital response to the October wildfires.

The Digital Counties Survey Awards recognize counties for their technology policies and practices and only allocates ten winning spots for counties based on population.
Permit Sonoma staff is introducing new legislation designed to expand opportunities for housing production.

View materials from the July 11th Public Workshop . These set of code amendments are anticipated to be heard by the Planning Commission in August.

Visit Housing Initiatives for up-to-date information or to join the mailing list to be notified of any news and to learn of opportunities to provide input.
Have you heard about the Visitability Project?

Visitability is a housing movement that seeks to change home construction practices so that virtually all new homes offer a few specific features that make the home easier, safer and more convenient for all people to visit or live in.

Features include:
  • One zero step entrance at the front, side, rear, or through the garage
  • Wider interior doorways on the main floor have at least 32 inches of clear passage space
  • A half or full bathroom with basic maneuvering space on the main floor
HR's Facebook Page - the Secret of Staying Connected

It’s no secret that working for County of Sonoma gives us an opportunity to meet amazing people and develop professional networks that last. Keep your connections up to date by joining Human Resources’ social network of over 950 friend s on Facebook and over 450 followers on Twitter.

Connect with a new circle of people, and enjoy the latest information on career opportunities, County events, and even a little office humor. With both accounts managed by the Recruitment & Classification team, you’ll never miss an opportunity to advance your career or introduce a new opportunity to friends and family. Click here to connect with us today!
Sharing the Goodness of Sonoma County with Colleagues from China

To promote the exchange and sharing of agricultural extension information, several U.S. Land Grant institutions have formed an alliance with 10 Chinese agricultural universities.

From June 17 - 22, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources took a group of scientists from Chinese agricultural universities on a tour of agriculture in Northern California. The delegation visited UCCE Sonoma County to learn about our Ombudsman, Master Gardener, 4-H and Rangeland programs in Sonoma County.

Read more about their visit in Sonoma County's UCCE blog.  
Bringing Fire Back to California's Private Lands

One of the most promising models of landowner-led burning is the prescribed burn association (PBA) model, through which landowners and other interested partners can work together to burn each other’s properties.

In many regions, these PBAs are spearheaded by the ranching community, in collaboration with conservation organizations like the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and others that see direct benefits for wildlife.

In 2015, there were 62 PBAs in the United States, almost all of which were in the Great Plains and Texas.
EDB Releases Five-Year Economic Strategy

EDB released a Economic Strategy that provides an innovative economic development strategy roadmap for next five years. Strategic Sonoma was approved by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in July. It is a new five-year economic development strategy for Sonoma County, which identifies community priorities and ambitious goals. 
The strategy includes six key priority areas on which to focus economic development efforts over the next five years, an updated analysis of Sonoma County’s competitive position relative to other counties, and an overview of industry clusters in which to invest to diversify our economy. Strategic Sonoma is available for review at:  
Regional Parks Upcoming Events

August 8, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Community Yoga

August 10, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Skill Building: Monkeying Around with Knots

August 11, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Sugar-Hood Shuttle

August 11, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
45th Gravenstein Apple Fair

August 11, 2018 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Star Gazing & Meteor Shower Social

Documenting Fire Recovery

You can help track Sonoma Valley Regional Park's recovery from the Nuns Fire by contributing to a crowd-source time-lapse photo project. Look for the smartphone stand on the Valley of the Moon Trail and follow the easy instructions (in English and Spanish) to take and share photos of a hillside that burned in the wildfire.

Over time, Regional Parks will curate and share the images to show how the land heals.

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Sign Up for SoCoAlert 

Sign up for SoCoAlert to receive local emergency alerts and warnings. Emergency Officials use the SoCoAlert Emergency Notification System to deliver incident-specific information or life-saving instructions to the precise geographic area affected.

This service is free, secure, reliable, and easy to use. SoCoAlert notifications may be sent via text, email, voice, web, and social media.

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