EMERGENCY The new City of Healdsburg evacuation map divides the city into 13 zones, instead of the previous 41. (Photo courtesy of City of Healdsburg)

Kelsey Carreiro, the City of Healdsburg’s emergency manager, previewed a new evacuation zone map to the city council at their Monday meeting, May 1. 

The update consolidated the previous 41 evacuation zones to a more manageable 13, and dispenses with the letter system formerly appended to each number (e.g., zone HE-17 a, b, c or d). “Now, all evacuation zones will have the HE- designator at the beginning to signify the City of Healdsburg (versus the surrounding county zones), followed by a number, 1 through 13,” Carreiro told the council.

Also, the color of the evacuation zones was changed, based on community feedback, to make it clearer and easier to read. The border lines were changed to thick black lines instead of colored lines, as they were previously. 

The Healdsburg Evacuation Map, found online at healdsburgemergency.org, also serves as an interactive map where users are able to click on zones to read their boundaries in both English and Spanish. Additionally, the map features an address lookup tool so community members can search for their home or work address to determine which zone they are in. 

During an emergency, the map will be updated to show which zones are under an evacuation order or evacuation warning.

Councilmember Ron Edwards asked if it were necessary to register one’s zone with Nixle or another app so the cell phone user would be alerted to emergency orders pertaining to their address. 

“You don’t need to do anything to register it. If there is something specific to a zone, like there’s a fire and we’re going to evacuate an entire zone, we will do a WEA (wireless emergency alert), which goes off your location,” said Carreiro. “So it will get everyone notice within that zone.”

On Saturday, May 6, the Healdsburg Fire and Emergency Preparedness Expo will give people in the Northern Sonoma County area the opportunity to attend workshops in English and Spanish, learn how to protect home and pets during emergencies, see the Henry 1 helicopter in action and more. It runs from 10am to 3pm at the Healdsburg Community Center.

The City is still looking for responses to their Climate Mobilization Strategy survey, until May 21 at healdsburg.gov/cms.

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  1. As well as I know Healdsburg, I cannot figure out what’s depicted here. A couple of street names would be helpful.

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