Emergency Preparedness

Are You Ready?

Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year. Each one has lasting effects both to people and property. Make sure you are prepared -- please download our  emergency preparedness brochure. Also, check out our Emergency Services page for information about public-safety power outages.

Map: Evacuation Zones

In the spring of 2021, we worked with the County of Sonoma to create new evacuation zones. You can lookup your evacuation zone at either:

  1. City of Healdsburg Evacuation Zone Mapping (see instructions here)
  2. Know Your Zone - Sonoma County Evacuation Zones Map

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Click the map to open a pdf copy.

Nixle for Emergency Notification

The City of Healdsburg utilizes NIXLE to communicate important, time-sensitive information to the community via live text* and/or email alerts. Depending on the settings the user selects, these alerts can include everything from road closures to critical alerts such as missing persons, wildfire, or evacuation notices. The service is secure, reliable and easy for you to use. If we can’t CONTACT you we can ALERT you! 


What information will I receive when I sign up for NIxle?

  • It depends on the preferences you specify when you register on Nixle.com.
  • You can  pinpoint locations you want to receive information about.
  • You can select agencies that you want information from – the more agencies you select the more alerts you will receive
  • You determine the priority level of the messages you wish to receive: Alert, Advisory, or Community  (explained below).
  • You may unsubscribe from text, email or web alerts at any time via the Nixle website or text STOP in response to Nixle message received.

Once signed up, residents will receive Alerts, Advisories, and Community information from the City of Healdsburg, Healdsburg Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works and Utility Departments. The messages will come through with these types of content. You decide what message levels you want to receive when you register online.


The three types of notifications to choose from, in order of importance, are defined as:

  • “ALERT” - Urgent information; significant in-progress events; the highest priority; ALERT level will be used for emergencies requiring immediate attention. Life Safety emergencies.
  • “ADVISORY” - Important information where vigilance and awareness are necessary; does not have the immediate importance or time sensitivity of an ALERT; may include major road closures, missing persons.
  • “COMMUNITY” – Messages of general community interest; not news releases that can be circulated by routine means; lowest priority; "other" notices.

Emergency Preparedness Resources



 Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. Click here for the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" page that explains what to do and what not to do during an earthquake.