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Emergency Alerts

January 1, 2023, City News

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The City of Sebastopol uses multiple notifications and warning systems to make sure emergency alerts are delivered to the people who need the information.

Emergency Alert System (EAS) – No Registration Required National public warning system that will interrupt local broadcast tv and radio programming to provide an alert in the event of a large-scale emergency.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) – No Registration Required Urgent alerts sent as text-like messages to your mobile phone based on your location (you will only receive notification if you are in the area of the emergency). WEAs have three alert categories– Imminent Threat, AMBER, Presidential. You must keep the factory settings on to your WEA- capable phone to receive a WEA.

SoCoAlert – Registration Required Emergency notification service providing Sonoma County first responders the ability to alert residents by landline or mobile phone, text message and email about imminent threats to life and property in specific impacted areas. Register all addresses that you’d like to receive alerts for (work, child’s school, etc.). You don’t have to be in the location of the emergency to receive alert.

Must register at OR call (866) 939-0911, press “0” at the menu, ask operator for assistance with registering for SoCoAlert.

Nixle – Registration Required Community information service managed by Sonoma County Fire District and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Community messages are sent to email, and for critical emergencies, Alert messages are sent via text message and email (notifications are NOT delivered by phone call). Customize your settings at to control which types of notifications you receive. Must register at or text your zip code to 888-777

Local Radio and Television Local news broadcasters to provide updates during an emergency. Tune radio to 1350 AM, 103.5 FM, 100.1 FM, 89.1 FM (bilingual), 98.7 FM (Spanish); watch preferred local TV news channel.

Hi/Lo Sirens Sebastopol police cars and fire department vehicles are outfitted with new Hi/Lo sirens, a different sound than traditional sirens. This European-style, 2-tone siren will only be used in an emergency to alert residents within specific areas of the need to evacuate.

Other Ways to Stay Informed
Sebastopol Police Dept. Facebook
Sebastopol Fire Dept. Facebook
City of Sebastopol Facebook
City of Sebastopol Twitter

More information on emergency alerts and notifications at: