We all know that wildfires, earthquakes, and other disasters can strike at any time, including in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. City officials are working cooperatively across agencies to implement proactive strategies to keep the community safe.
I’d like to take this opportunity to share what the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with Rancho Adobe Fire and other neighboring fire agencies, is doing to help ensure our community is prepared for wildfires. We will be conducting fire training involving controlled live fire in the field east of G section in Rohnert Park. The training will provide hands-on experience to fire service personnel as well as reduce fuel loads as we move into fire season. The actual date is dependent on weather and messaging will be sent out on the day of the training.
The city is also working with the county to expand on seismic strengthening and wildfire improvement programs. In 2009, the city joined a Property Assessed Clean Energy program called Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP). The county administered SCEIP program is now expanding to allow property owners in the city to finance seismic strengthening and wildfire safety improvements in addition to energy and water improvements. So if you are interested in bolting your home to your foundation or you want to change out your attic vents to fire resistant ones, or make other safety improvements, you now have an option to finance them through the county’s expanded program. Look for more details on the program in the near future.
Have you reviewed your emergency plans with family and friends? Emergency planning in a COVID-19 environment presents new challenges. These challenges will require adaptability and flexibility from all Sonoma County residents to ensure we are ready.
In the event of an evacuation warning or evacuation order issued, a care or shelter site may be established to receive evacuees and provide information, assistance and screening. If a care and shelter site is designated, it may be set up in one of two ways:
A parking lot. Evacuees arriving by car line up in the parking lot and are to remain in their vehicles during the screening. If arriving by foot or bicycle, or you are dropped off by a taxi or ride-share service (e.g., Uber), maintain physical distancing and stay six feet away from other people.
A brick-and-mortar location. Individuals are to maintain physical distancing and stay six feet away from other people. I want to encourage you all to make sure that you are prepared to receive notifications.
So whatever the disaster, make sure to stay informed and be prepared. The city utilizes Nixle Alerts to deliver timely information in the event of an emergency. Make sure to update your settings as to how you want to be notified. To receive Community Nixle Alerts, be sure to include your email. If you don’t currently receive Nixle notifications, register at www.Nixle.com, text RPDPS to 888-777 or download the Everbridge App.