SoCo Correspondent: September Edition
Emergency Alert Testing in September

Mark your calendars for September 10th and 12th.

On Monday, September 10th the County of Sonoma will be conducting a SoCoAlert TEST. All Sonoma County residents who are subscribed, and all landlines, will receive a phone call. Sign up at SoCoAlert.com or call 866-939-0911.

On Wednesday, September 12th the County will conduct a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) TEST. This test will involve the communities of Roseland, Healdsburg, Penngrove, Cotati and Glen Ellen. WEA is an emergency message sent through your mobile carrier, similar to Amber Alerts. No registration is required. Additionally, the County will conduct an Emergency Alert System test, which will interrupt local radio and television broadcasts.

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Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.  
Board of Supervisors Declare September as National Preparedness Month
Get Prepared in September!

National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. Read More
Make and Practice Your Plan
Week 1

Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can. Carve out time to develop a plan for you and your family. Read More
Learn Life Saving Skills
Week 2

Take the time to learn simple skills that can help you tremendously during and after a disaster strikes. Read More
Check Your Insurance Coverage
Week 3

Be in the know! Check the type of insurance coverage you have and review the document and insure property guide. Read More
Save For an Emergency
Week 4

One inch of water can cause $25,000 damage to your home. The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit includes important documents you should have for an emergency. Read More
Spanish Meeting - Sonoma County Recovers Together
The County of Sonoma encourages all Spanish speaking residents to participate in an upcoming fire recovery planning workshop to share ideas and provide input for each of the five strategy areas: Community Preparedness and Infrastructure, Housing, Economy, Natural Resources, and Safety Net Services.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger Street, Sonoma

California HOPE counselors, and child care will be available. Mexican food will be served. Read More
State Insurance Commissioner Warns Wildfire Survivors of Scam Artist

California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, urges wildfire survivors to be aware about the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors as they begin the recovery process and to be on the lookout for scam artists trolling the area. Learn More
2017 Sonoma County Crop Report

The 2017 Sonoma County Crop Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Sue Ostrom, Assistant Agricultural Commissioner.    Read Full Report
Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission Grant

The Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited for their Laguna de Santa Rosa Coho Salmon Monitoring Project. 
Child Support Delivers Back to School Smiles

The Sonoma County Department Child Support Services held their annual backpack giveaway to provide children in the caseload with backpacks full of school supplies (287 backpacks were donated; estimated retail value of $9400). If you know anyone who could use help with child support, call 1-866-901-3212.  

County Seeks Community Input on Septic System Policy Updates

The County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems in order to meet state mandated regulations that protect water quality and public health. Permit Sonoma invites the public to attend upcoming community meetings to share feedback on the proposed changes.  Read More
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New Administration Citation Program

In August, Permit Sonoma began implementing our new administrative citation program, supporting our goal of establishing a safe and healthy community. Administrative citations give us the ability to respond immediately to transient and nuisance violations in the field. Learn More
Unsecured Taxes Due!

2018 unsecured property tax bills are due postmarked no later than October 1, 2018. The property tax bills include assessments for possessory interests, unsecured businesses, agricultural, aircraft, boats and vessels.
Sign Up to be a Poll Worker

Make a difference - volunteer to be a poll worker on Election Day, November 6th. Contact the Registrar of Voters by email ROV-Poll@sonoma-county.org or call 707-565-6816. Sonoma County provides a stipend for your service on Election Day ($135-Inspectors and $100 Clerks). 
Sonoma County 4H

County Portrait: There are over 92,000 youth in Sonoma County, with 37% identifying as Latino, 44% eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and 22% classified as English learners. The Sonoma County 4-H program engaged youth in 4-H afterschool clubs, day camps, short-term programs, and Juntos, all adapted to meet the needs of Latino youth. Learn More
Regional Parks Update
Swimming has Gone to the Dogs
Weekends in September belong to your four-legged friends as the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon transforms into the Water Bark Dog swim spot.

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Fall is a Great Time to Get Outside The Regional Parks Fall Activities Guide is now available online.

Regional Parks Upcoming Events

September 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Water Bark Dog Swim

September 11, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Nature Heals: People's Yoga Pop-Ups

September 15, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
California Coastal Cleanup Day

575 Administration Drive,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Produced by the County Administrator's Office