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Sebastopol Fire Flood Information

& Forestville, Russian River
& Graton Fire Alarm Recaps for 2018 

Jan 25, 2019
by Vesta Copestakes



• Basic Safety Tips:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

• Flood Watch = “Be Aware.”
Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area. 

• Steps to Take:

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies

Prepare Your Home:

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions

• Flood Warning = "Take Action!"  Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

• Steps to Take:

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Remember, just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

• After a Flood:

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

• When it is Not Flooding:  Make a Flood Plan

  • Know your flood risks
  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

Forestville Fire Alarm Recap 2018

The Forestville Fire District's paid and volunteer staff participated in 939.5 hours of in house training and logged over 15,416.36 hours responding to 834 calls for service during the 2018 calendar year. The District's volunteer staff provided coverage for the District's first out engine company to assure that it was staffed by a total of 3 personnel, 2 paid and 1 volunteer, at all times. In 2018 members of the District also served the community by donating to local youth groups and charities as well as, setting up for the Youth Park Barbeque, Toys for Tots and local toy giveaways, installing the Christmas Lights in town, delivering Santa Claus to the tree lighting, EMT standby at El Molino football games and a host of other events and charities. The Forestville Fire District Board of Directors would like to thank all of the members of the Forestville Fire District and their families for another year of Service and Sacrifice.

Forestville Fire Calls 2018


Like many other departments in the county, 2018 was a very busy for our department. In all, we ended the year at 1,879 incidents. Thank you to all of our volunteers and paid staff who continue to do an outstanding job!

As a reminder, the Russian River Fire Protection District Board of Directors will hold their next meeting on February 13th at 6pm at the fire station at 14100 Armstrong Woods Rd in Guerneville. We hope you’ll consider attending. Visit us online at

Russian River Fire Incidents 2018

Graton Fire 2018 in Review

As 2018 ended, the firefighters of the Graton Fire Protection District completed 629 calls! This may not seem like much when compared with larger city departments, but Graton Fire still runs every call with volunteers – from the Fire Chief to the Trainees...  they interrupt their paying jobs and personal lives to serve the community.  Graton is one of the busiest volunteer fire departments in Sonoma County.  Thank you to all of our volunteers, employers, and families for their understanding and support.

Graton Fire Calls 2018


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