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Community group meeting. Photo: Your Neighborhood Video Facilitators
Community group meeting. Photo: Your Neighborhood Video Facilitators

Community Preparadness

Jul 20, 2019
by Lucy Hardcastle


Congratulations to our Fire Department for an outstanding piece of communication.  You have done a marvelous job creating the links, preparing the information and even more important, crafting this message.  Anyone who took a hand in this piece of community outreach should be officially commended.  I appreciate you. 
~ Lucy Hardcastle

The Communication:

Dear Forestville Resident,

We would like to thank you for taking the time out of your weekend to attend the Community Preparedness meeting at El Molino High School on May 19th. We had a great turnout and we look forward to our community groups forming up, expanding and working together to better prepare our community.

Our number one priority is the safety of our community and the residents. If there ever was a catastrophic event in our community, such as the October 2017 fires, we want everyone to be prepared. 

If such an event happened in our community we would use both Nixle and SoCoAlert to notify our residents. Please sign up for both of those if you have not already. In addition we will do our very best to update everyone on our Facebook page, so please take a moment to like our page also. You will need to have a Facebook login to look at our page.  

Nixle: R2aWxsZS1maXJlLXByb3RlY3Rpb24tZGlzdHJpY3R8Z3g6NTFhYmQ0M2ZhN2UzMDVmMA

SoCoAlert: 3Jlc3R2aWxsZS1maXJlLXByb3RlY3Rpb24tZGlzdHJpY3R8Z3g6NDY2NmQ5MjRiMTczYzhjYQ


After the October 2017 wildfire, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors proposed and adopted

Ordinance 13A, which is a Vegetation Management Ordinance, see link below. It is an Ordinance that the County put together to help prepare homes for wildfires. There are requirements that will help increase the survivability of your home during a fire. The County is also offering a free curbside chipper program to assist with the disposal of the brush and debris that you remove. 

We plan to inspect approximately 200 homes in the Champs de Elysses neighborhood during the month of June. We will be moving to different areas of the District each year in hopes to get our property owners in compliance with the ordinance. 

If you would like to start preparing your home, please take a look at the below links to assist you. We have also included a short YouTube video link below regarding wildfires and steps on how to prepare your home. 

Vegetation Management Ordinance: 9yZ3xmb3Jlc3R2aWxsZS1maXJlLXByb3RlY3Rpb24tZGlzdHJpY3R8Z3g6NjZhNGFlMTFjNTkwOTI1Ng

Defensible Space Flyer: 9yZ3xmb3Jlc3R2aWxsZS1maXJlLXByb3RlY3Rpb24tZGlzdHJpY3R8Z3g6MTdhZmFhODM5Zjk0ODgxMw

YouTube Video:

Chipper Program:

911 from a cell phone should be routed to the appropriate dispatch center based upon the location of the caller/phone. Occasionally, until technology becomes reliable, the call is routed to a non-local dispatch center such as CHP’s dispatch in Vallejo. The Sonoma County Sheriff and REDCOM (Fire/Ambulance dispatch) maintain the following numbers that are answered with the same urgency as 911:

Sheriff: (707) 565-2121

REDCOM: (707) 576-1371 

When forming neighborhood groups, please visit the two links below to give yourself and your neighbors an idea of what you should start to gather as far as information and needs:

Following the October 2017 wildfires, Sonoma County installed fire watch cameras throughout the County that are monitored to detect wildfires as soon as they start. Below is a link to the cameras, if you would like to take a look at them:

We have a classroom available free of charge for community groups to meet in if that is what works best for your group. Please call the station ahead of time to schedule the use of the room and to make sure it is available.  

Be prepared to be evacuated from your residence in a moment’s notice. We suggest having a GoBag prepared. The link below provides information for what you should have in your GoBag: 9yZ3xmb3Jlc3R2aWxsZS1maXJlLXByb3RlY3Rpb24tZGlzdHJpY3R8Z3g6NDM1NGUzMzZmODEyZWRhMw

We look forward to helping our community become better prepared in case of a catastrophic event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email or phone. 

Thank You,

Michael Franceschi                            Spencer Hansen                                  Dave Franceschi

Fire Captain                                         Engineer                                               Fire Chief

707-887-2212                                     707-887-2212                                     707-887-2212       




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