Fire season is here! Are you prepared for a long power outage? The potential for PG&E Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events is increasing as we go through the summer. Please prepare yourself and your family now, to ensure self-sufficiency in the event of electricity outages of 24 hours or more. Helpful emergency preparedness tips can be found on the Sonoma County Emergency website: https://socoemergency.org/home/prepare/power-shutoffs/
The COVID-19 virus pandemic continues. The community should know that your first responders are taking care to be prepared to respond to incidents involving COVID-19, and also are taking all measures possible to avoid contagion in order to continue to be able to respond for our community. You can help by staying informed, following the physical distancing and masking orders, and maintaining good hygiene practices. If we respond to an emergency at your home please do not be surprised if we keep our distance as much as possible, if we look like aliens in our "personal protective equipment (PPE)", or if we, if appropriate, try to move the action to an outside or more ventilated area. All of that is in service of protecting both your health, and ours.
As a community it is extremely important that everyone stay informed and follow the guidelines laid out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our state, county, and local health providers to slow the spread of COVID-19. The spread must be slowed down in order to keep down the number of cases at any one time, to allow health facilities and providers to give good care and to not be overwhelmed.
Please see additional information on our COVID-19 page.
We will get through this as we have gotten through all of the challenges that have been thrown our way the last few years (fires, floods, more fires, power shutoffs...)!
- Fire Chief Bonnie Plakos