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October 28, 2021
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Sonoma State Police Department collaborating with Rohnert Park and Cotati to raise public awareness of the hi-lo emergency siren

September 14, 2021

In partnership with the Cotati Police Department and the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the Sonoma State Police Department has launched a public safety campaign aimed at enhancing awareness of the emergency hi-lo siren, a distinctive two-tone siren used by patrol cars and public safety vehicles when an immediate evacuation is required.

The campaign will include a test of the siren on the Sonoma State campus at 5 p.m. on September 15, 2021, so that the campus community becomes familiar with the distinct tone, and learns that everyone must evacuate when a hi-lo siren sounds. Similar tests will be conducted on the same day in the cities of Cotati and Rohnert Park. SSU campus community members will not be asked to evacuate during this siren test.

“Working with our partners in Cotati and Rohnert Park allows us to better prepare for real emergencies. But, it is equally important for our community to be ready and know their options as these emergency evacuations often occur with little to no notice,” said SSU Police Chief Nader Oweis.

The on-campus test of the hi-lo siren will be conducted by Chief Oweis, who is also featured in this educational video, which will be used throughout Sonoma State’s public safety campaign to further educate the campus community and prepare students, faculty, and staff for emergency events, like fires and floods, that may require sudden evacuation.