Brooke and Melanie are very proud of all the work the Resilient Cloverdale CloveReady committee has done to prepare for fires and other disasters in our area. Many community stakeholders sit on this committee, which is led by Daniel Homsey, Chief Ferguson and other City staff. On August 23, committee members met at Citrus Fairgrounds. The purpose of the meeting by Chief Ferguson was “to provide a progress report detailing our efforts as a community following the Kincade fire. It is also about working with the county and other stakeholders to prepare for possible future disasters.

Melanie asked Chief Ferguson how the police department prepared for a fire/disaster. “In 2019, the Police Department updated the City of Cloverdale Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to ensure the plan was up to date with City of Cloverdale incident management systems, standards and practices. ‘today. A critical component of the EOP was to create a city-wide evacuation plan, including the identification of specific areas, primary and secondary evacuation routes, and boundary lines. The police department has significantly improved its emergency notification systems by installing HiLo sirens in every vehicle owned by the police department. These sirens feature a European audible siren which differs from a traditional siren, which alerts residents when it is time to evacuate. The department has invested in a Nixle upgrade to better inform the public of critical information. The Nixle 360 ​​platform enables a reverse 911 feature that automatically calls home phones to report evacuation notices and provides messages in English and Spanish. The police department partnered with City Hall to install much-needed backup generation for critical infrastructure and also submitted a CalOES grant for a backup generator project in the City Corporation’s yard. The police department has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to develop emergency preparedness brochures, handouts and pamphlets for distribution at local events, residences and schools, and with the City staff and the Chamber of Commerce to set up emergency preparedness booths at local events to prepare. our community in the event of a disaster.

Neena Hanchett, Director of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, had this to say about what the Chamber has done to help prepare our community for disaster. “The Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, as an active ‘Resilient Cloverdale’ Community Partner and in concert with the Cloverdale Police Department, is in the early stages of rolling out a CloveReady website, cloveready.org. The idea behind the website is to help all Cloverdale residents, businesses and visitors better prepare in the event of an evacuation resulting from a natural or man-made disaster. The site is ADA compliant and accessible to Spanish speakers. It can be accessed via computers or mobile devices.

The new website is designed to be easy to use regardless of your comfort level with technology and asks users to do four simple things to “get 100% CloveReady”. The awareness campaign and timelines are being finalized with English and Spanish media. Details will be available soon.

Another stakeholder on the committee is Geoff Peters, who is also a big part of North Sonoma County’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Geoff’s proposed outcome at the August 23 meeting is: “Hopefully we can move towards an actual written plan with interim staff assigned to tasks, use cards of Cloverdale Citrus Fair as shelter for emergency in coordination with official government entities, and using the volunteers and facilities available to us. I also hope that we can involve more community groups in volunteering to help (e.g. Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Churches , etc.).

For more information on Resilient Cloverdale, CloveReady here is the link: https://cloverready.org/. It is mandatory to continue to prepare for a fire or other disaster; here in Cloverdale, we help each other – remember to check in on your family, friends and neighbors so we can all stay safe.

Melanie Hall moved to Cloverdale with her family in 1994. Since then her children have grown and she and her husband of 40 years have put down strong roots in the town they love. She has a ten-minute commute to her job as a program manager for the Cloverdale Senior Multipurpose Center, where many members also share the love of the Cloverdale community.

Brooke Greene and her family moved to Cloverdale from the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1984. Over the years, she has worked for the school district, private businesses and the Cloverdale Senior Center, where she still volunteers.