Sonoma County is overhauling its emergency management division and changing the way it deals with fires and other disasters. This includes adding five new staff and about 2 million dollars to the department's funds. The county also plans to use community - wide wireless emergency alerts, which officials say they did not use last October for fear of clogging evacuation routes. There will be a countywide test of these alert systems on September 10 and 12.
KRCB’s Adia White sat down with Interim Emergency Manager Christopher Godley to find out how these changes could improve the safety of all residents.