Camp Meeker Occidental evacuation exercise scheduled for June 19 | Press releases | County Administrator’s Office
Holy Rose, California – June 11, 2021 – Residents of the Western and Camp Meeker areas are invited to participate in a Sonoma County fire drill that will take place on Saturday, June 19. The exercise is part of a community effort to prepare for wildfires and other potential disasters.
This exercise will give public safety services the opportunity to practice alerting an area using Hi-Lo sirens and further test the county alert system. Residents will have the opportunity to follow the evacuation process of their accommodation and to leave their neighborhood at the same time as their neighbors.
The exercise will start at 9:00 a.m. Neighbors, community groups, local law enforcement and fire departments, the city of Sevastopol and the county emergency management department and the sheriff’s office are working together to make the event possible.
Residents who wish to participate in the exercise should sign up to receive the SoCoAlert when the exercise begins. More information about the exercise, including maps and the registration form, can be found at the socoemergency.org site.
“I encourage everyone who lives at Camp Meeker and Occidental to participate. It’s as close as possible to experiencing a real evacuation, including knowing what the sirens look like, ”said Supervisory Board Chair Lynda Hopkins, who represents the Fifth District. “Drills like this are an invaluable opportunity for residents to help emergency managers organize one in a large area that will pose challenges if we are to evacuate quickly.”
The Sonoma County Emergency Management Department identifies high priority areas in the county and will work with those communities to coordinate evacuation drills. High priority areas face a higher threat due to a number of factors such as thick vegetation and limited access.
“Every time we have a fire drill, we all learn a lot – the emergency managers and first responders and the residents who participate in them,” said Chris Godley, director of emergency management for Sonoma County. . “Each area of the county poses different challenges, from vegetation and geography to road capacity. This is why it is so crucial that residents participate, including by registering for SoCoAlert, connecting with their neighbors and regularly practicing their escape routes.
Here’s what will happen on June 19:
- On the morning of the exercise, participating residents will receive a SoCo alert on their phone announcing the start of the exercise and an exercise message. The phone number will display as follows: (866) 419-5000
- Residents should react as if it were a real emergency by evacuating their homes immediately and going to their assigned meeting place, which will be at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High St., Sebastopol. Signs will be posted to direct participants.
- Public Safety Bureaux will use Hi-Lo sirens and travel through the communities of Camp Meeker and Occidental, alerting participants to the start of the exercise and to begin evacuation practice.
- At the Sevastopol Arts Center, participants will receive a survey with general questions about their evacuation planning and exercise.
- Participants are encouraged to join public safety agencies and organizations in Ives Park, right next to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, where they can receive additional preparation information.
- Event officials will deliver brief remarks in Ives Park after the exercise.
If you are a resident and wish to participate in the exercise:
- Fill in the online registration form
- Registration is required in order to receive the alert for the exercise and to participate fully (the contact details you provide will be for this exercise only).
- Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.
To prepare for future emergencies, all residents are encouraged to sign up for SoCoAlert. Completing the borehole registration form will not register residents for SoCo Alert.
A similar exercise took place on June 5 in the community of Fitch Mountain east of Healdsburg. For more information visit: www.socoemergency.org