Emergency Preparedness

Public safety officials say it’s not an matter of “if” but only “when” an earthquake or fire will strike at Oakmont. Living along major faults and at the base of Annadel State Park, Oakmont residents need to be prepared for a major disaster, when, they warn, it could take as long as three days to restore vital services. In such an emergency, the volunteer Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee has partnered with the Red Cross to provide shelter and medical care.

[showhide type=”oepcpreppage-toggle” more_text=”(+) Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC)” less_text=”(-) Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC)”]The Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) is a standing committee of the Oakmont Village Association (OVA). It serves both as an advisory group to the OVA Board of Directors and as a resource to Oakmont residents on emergency preparation.
The Committee’s primary purposes are to:

  • Provide informational materials to residents for self-help personal emergency preparation, based on publications-issued by FEMA and other emergency services organizations;
  • Maintain and operate radio networks to provide a communications capability during a disaster or emergency affecting Oakmont with the understanding that residents and their guests will still be responsible for their own safety and well-being;
  • Stay abreast of current and emerging policies, procedures, and technologies in the areas of personal and community emergency preparation and response;
  • Establish and maintain interfaces with City, County, and other emergency agencies. 

Residents are encouraged to print the Emergency Supply Checklist titled “Be Prepared OAKMONT” (see link), follow the instructions, and gather the suggested supplies in order to be prepared to shelter in place during a major emergency or disaster. For more information and/or to volunteer, contact OakmontERT@gmail.com[/showhide]

Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE)

COPE is Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies. Its purpose is to build and prepare neighborhood teams for responding to major emergency situations. Equally beneficial, neighbors provide individual support to each other when needed. Experience has shown another plus – getting to know neighbors and enjoying their company. In case of emergencies, our neighbors are our closest families.

While most of our neighborhoods are organized in a COPE Team, there are still a few that are not and due to normal attrition, there are also COPE Leaders missing, residents able to communicate with their neighbors and relay communications to and from their Zone Communicator in case of a major disaster. Physical strength is not a requirement just the ability to think clearly during an emergency. This position may be shared.

 Join our group of neighborhood teams and leaders. COPE Santa Rosa
Contact Information:
Sue Hattendorf
Email: hattsue@sonic.net

Documents & Reports released after Sonoma Wildfires

See Oakmont Emergency Preparedness and COPE page for additional information.
Does Your Neighborhood Need A Cope Leader?
Please click here to read this list of neighborhoods that are in need of COPE volunteers.
Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Meeting:
Please click here to read these notes from the Emergency Preparedness Meeting held on November 4, 2017.
Review of Oakmont Fire Response:
Please click here to read this review, by Pat Barclay, of the fire & emergency response efforts on October 26, 2017.
Documents Needed In Emergency Situation:
Please click here to read this checklist of important documents needed in an emergency situation, provided by Oakmont resident, Bern Lefson.[/showhide]

Plan Ahead Checklist

  • Make a contact list of family, friends and doctors and keep with your emergency supply list.
  • Make a list of out-of-state contacts. Communication likes may be down in California but working in other parts of the country.
  • Plan escape routes from you house.
  • Plan and evacuation route, both by foot and by car. Make a list of tasks necessary to secure you residence. Assume you have 10 minutes to evacuate.
  • Never let you car’s gas tank fall below one-quarter full.
  • Let neighbors and/or COPE leaders know of any special needs and emergency contacts.
  • Know how to open you garage door manually.
  • Know how to shut off your gas line in the event you smell gas in your house.
  • Know how to shut off power to hour home in the event of an electrical fire or if you are directed to do so by emergency responders.
  • If you are in a COPE neighborhood, get to know you COPE leader and designated gathering place for welfare checks.
  • Visit FEMA’s ready.gov and Sonoma-county.org/fire/emergency_htm websites for additional tips and suggestions.