Tag archive


Sonoma City Council authorizes emergency warming center

in News

The Sonoma City Council has authorized the creation of a warming center for homeless people during extreme weather events.

Council members voted 4-1 for the shelter to be located inside the Haven, a city-owned manufactured home at 151 W. First St., and to terminate the city’s agreement with the nonprofit Sonoma Overnight Support to operate the facility.

Continue Reading on the Sonoma Index-Tribune

Sonoma County agencies field hundreds of fireworks-related calls July 4th, few citations issued

in Community

Just seven Sonoma County residents were issued citations on the Fourth of July for setting off fireworks despite agencies responding to more than 300 calls, officials said Wednesday.

Fireworks are illegal in most Sonoma County cities, with the exception of Cloverdale. Santa Rosa outlawed the practice in 2003.

But law enforcement officials said it is often difficult to reprimand people for breaking these local rules, which are in place to help prevent fires.

Continue Reading on the Press Democrat

Santa Rosa officials to conduct test of CivicReady emergency alert system Wednesday

in Community

The city of Santa Rosa, along with local fire and police departments, will conduct a test of the CivicReady emergency alert system Wednesday morning.

Residents signed up for the mass notification system ― which the city and public safety entities use to send out alerts ― will receive a message about 10 a.m., the Santa Rosa Fire Department said in a news release.

The message will arrive in a text, email or both, depending on the information the resident entered when registering for the service.

Continue Reading on the Press Democrat

Sonoma County Ends Drought Emergency, Urges Public To Keep Conserving

in Weather

SONOMA COUNTY, CA — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to end the local drought emergency it declared two years ago. At the same time, county leaders strongly encouraged the public to continue conserving water, citing increasingly volatile weather patterns in the region as a result of climate change.

Following a series of wet winter storms that dropped nearly 3 feet of rain on Santa Rosa in three months, the two main reservoirs that supply Sonoma County exceeded their normal storage capacity this year for the first time since 2019. Combined, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino held 372,000 acre-feet of water when winter ended March 20, the most ever going into the dry season, according to a news release from the county. Just one acre-foot is equal to approximately 326,000 gallons, which is enough to meet the annual indoor and outdoor needs of three average households in Sonoma County.

Continue Reading on Patch

Federal Grant Will Help Fund Wildfire Prevention In Sonoma Co.

in Community

SONOMA, CA — Sonoma County has been awarded $5.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help mitigate wildfires.

The funding is part of a first round of grants awarded through FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, which awarded a total of $37 million to Sonoma County, according to a press release from Bradley Dunn, policy manager for Permit Sonoma.

Continue Reading on Patch

Sonoma County now offers 911 texting in addition to calls in most areas

in News

Most Sonoma County residents now have the option to text 911 in an emergency, as part of a new service intended to help people with certain disabilities or anyone who might not be able to safely call for help.

Police departments in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Healdsburg launched the service Tuesday to comply early with a state law requiring every public safety answering point to have a text option by Jan. 1, 2021.

Anyone who opts to text emergency dispatchers just has to enter “911“ as the recipient for their message. Police advised the first message should include the location of the emergency and the type of help needed such as police, fire or medical.

Continue Reading on Press Democrat

Go to Top