What Is COPE?
Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), was started by residents of the Santa Rose Community of Oakmont, in cooperation with the Santa Rosa Fire Department and the American Red Cross.
After the October 2017 wildfires, residents throughout Sonoma County were reaching out to the local fire departments to help them prepare for the next emergency. While the City of Healdsburg did not suffer the large loss of life and property as other areas in the County, many residents felt the need to do more to prepare. One of the revelations that came about after the fires was that many lives were saved by "neighbors helping neighbors".
The northern Sonoma County COPE Leadership group including Geyserville Fire Protection District, Cloverdale Fire Protection District and Healdsburg Fire Department asked one of its residents, Margie Hanselman, to talk about why she initiated a COPE group in her neighborhood after the 2017 wildfires.