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Sonoma County Regional Disaster Preparedness Exercise

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Sonoma County Regional Disaster Preparedness Exercise

Sonoma County Participates in Regional Disaster Preparedness Exercise

On September 11, 2015, Sonoma County employees and volunteers participated in activating the County’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) during a one-day disaster preparedness exercise. The exercise was coordinated in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and 9 other Bay Area counties, and coincides with National Preparedness Month.

“The goal of this drill was to rehearse how the County responds to meet the needs of our community during a disaster,” commented Assistant County Administrator Chris Thomas, who served as Emergency Manager of the EOC during today’s exercise. “In anticipation of the upcoming winter season, this drill included reviewing protocols for homelessness response when severely cold weather hits.”

"The County has worked collaboratively this year to strengthen partnerships with homeless service providers and local non-profits, such as Catholic Charities and the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS),” said Board of Supervisors Chair Susan Gorin. “We make it a priority to commit time and resources to preparedness so when a disaster strikes, we are ready to respond as quickly and as effectively as possible.”

Emergency Services used today’s exercise to test a newly developed, user friendly map that will provide critical information on the status of assorted public services such as school closures, active emergency shelters, or active heating/cooling centers.

National Preparedness Month runs throughout September. For more information please contact Emergency Coordinator Brentt Blaser, Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department: (707) 565-6160, Brentt.Blaser@sonoma-county.org.

Life ~ Response ~ Prevention

The Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department (www.sonomacountyfire.org) is comprised of five divisions; Fire Operations and Training, Fire Prevention, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Management and Administration. With hundreds of volunteers supporting its mission, theDepartment is committed to providing exceptional service dedicated to protecting life, property and the environment.  Al Terrell is the County Fire Chief and Department Director.