On this page you will find useful links for information and advice to learn how you can be better prepared for a disaster in our community.
How to Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage
The USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service has compiled some useful tips about how to prepare your refrigerator and / or freezer for a power outage and how to determine if your food is still safe to eat after the outage. They describe different methods for increasing the duration of time that your appliance will keep food cold. They have separate articles that provide guides for evaluating specific foods after the power outage. Refrigerated Foods: When to Save and When to Throw Out and Frozen Food and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out Planning ahead can save you money and protect you from serious illness.
Mendocino County Fire Safe Council
The MCFSC is a local non profit organization whose mission is to “inform, empower, and mobilize county residents to survive and thrive in a wildfire prone environment.” Their website contains “lots of information about preparing defensible space around your home, hardening your home to resist fire, and to help you and your neighbors develop a neighborhood Fire Safe Council.” The website has an educational video about how a house burns from a wildfire and links to maps that post fire weather red flag warnings.
Are your property and home prepared for a wildfire? Cal Fire has excellent material to help you prepare for and respond to a wildfire in your area. The advice ranges from insurance preparedness to what to include in your emergency supply kit “Grab and Go Bag” if you need to evacuate. Printed versions are available at Cal Fire and Anderson Valley Fire Department. Online versions, videos, and apps are available online:
Mendocino County Citizen Alert Notification System (MendoAlerts)
This system sends alerts from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office to you via phone, email, or text using a software program called Everbridge. Alerts are based on address and you can register multiple addresses. You can sign up or learn more about this alert system and how it compares with another one called Nixel (see below) at this website:
Nixel Alert Notification System
Nixel is a company that contracts with public safety agencies, including the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, to send alerts via text or email, but not by phone. Alerts are based on zip code. Our Sheriff’s Office considers MendoAlert (Everbridge) as the primary system and Nixel as secondary. You can learn more and sign up at this website:
If you find an error or broken link or if you wish to suggest other useful Emergency Resources for this page, please contact the Village Coordinator.
The Village Coordinator
707-684-9829 firstname.lastname@example.org Box 576, Boonville, CA 95415