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Safe Living in Sonoma

The animal days of summer: Part 2

By Julie Atwood

Get ready for whatever. Save the date!

The next Valley of the Moon

Home & Ranch Readiness Workshop will be Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen. Dr. Nancy Brown and Sam Wallis from Sonoma County Emergency Management will speak about emergency alerts, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radios, evacuation zones and routes, and more.

The event begins at 5:45 p.m., when the parking area and barn open. From 6 to 6:20 p.m., information tables will be staffed and participants can register for raffles, speakers will be on hand to host information tables and hand out cool, free preparation goodies, and a Q& A panel will follow.

Speakers will present from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m. Nancy Brown, PhD, community preparedness program manager with the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management, will discuss the pros and cons of various types of emergency supply products. Sam Wallis, M.S., community alert and warning manager, will explain types of emergency alerts, how to use NOAA radios, and more. Captain Gary Johnson, fire inspector with the Sonoma Valley Fire District, will take questions about property defensibility and safety.

From 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. the Q& A panel will answer questions, and raffle prize drawings will take place. From 7:45 to 8:15 p.m., it’s All About the Animals. Julie Atwood of the HALTER Project will run through “must know” preparedness topics for pets, equines, backyard farm animals, and commercial livestock, and briefly explain animal disaster response resources. Get your Animal Disaster Action Plan kit at the event.

RSVPs are encouraged to ensure adequate seating and social distancing options. Send your RSVP to: [email protected] Put RSVP8/23/22 in the subject line of your email. Atwood Ranch is located at 12099 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen.

August is well underway! It’s a busy time, with people gearing up for back-to-school, Labor Day holiday travel, and maybe just kickin’ back and enjoying life in Sonoma Valley. In this spirit, but mindful that we’re also heading into peak fire weather season, we’ve highlighted a few to-do lists to help you and your neighbors get ready to help pets, equines, backyard poultry, and livestock stay safer in the event of a wildfire.

Another way to ramp up your readiness: Because there’s no better way to connect than in person, we’re presenting home and neighborhood workshops, where we can help assess your needs and answer questions about animal evacuation and shelter- in-place preparations. Contact us to make a date for your neighborhood, book club, dog-walking group, or whoever you like to hang out with. It’s fun, and it’s a super way to improve your preparedness.

Love lists?

At, you can find free, printable, PDF ready-kit checklists, safety inspection checklists, and lots more.

Got chickens?

We have checklists for backyard poultry, along with many other species, including dogs, cats, equines, small ruminants, rabbits, and reptiles.

Is your rig evac-ready?

Whether your chariot is a truck and trailer, RV, or compact, your disaster planning needs to include packing it all up. There’s a list for that!

How safe is your barn?

Print one of our excellent property self-assessment guides. Make a laminated poster for your barn or garage.

Are you water-wise?

In this context, we’re talking about potable (drinking) water safety for your family and animals, and we’re providing resources to make sure you know how to make it safe and how much you need to store or take with you if you must evacuate.

Know your zones?

You can find your evacuation zone number at the Sonoma County Emergency Readiness, Response, and Recovery website at socoemergency. org/get-ready/evacuationmap. You can also find your zone on the “full wall” evac zone map of the entire county at the workshop on Aug. 23!

That’s all for now. If you’d like to receive information about personal and animal preparedness, education, and volunteer opportunities, subscribe to the HALTER Project newsletter at Let’s work together to make Sonoma Valley a safer place for animals (and their people) every day!