Petaluma Shelters Full, Schools Closing, Blankets Needed

October 27, 2019, 6:00 p.m.



Sonoma County Office of Education has announced that all Sonoma County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.  To stay updated, visit the SCOE Website


Six shelters have been opened in Petaluma all of which are full at this time.  The County of Sonoma has arranged for more shelters throughout the region.  Click here for a full list. The City is working with our faith-based and non-profit partners to open additional shelters.  We will keep the community informed as space opens up.  The Sonoma County Fairgrounds shelter has re-opened.  If you need shelter space, they are located at 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

  • Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 94954
    • Capacity – 450
  • Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive
    • No capacity
  • Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd South
    • No capacity
  • Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd
    • No capacity
  • New Life Christian Fellowship, 1315 Rand Street

    • No capacity
  • Petaluma Valley Baptist, 580 Sonoma Mountain Parkway
    • No capacity
  • Calvary Chapel, 1955 S McDowell Blvd
    • No capacity


Petaluma People Services Center is coordinating volunteers and donations to assist with shelter and emergency response needs. To volunteer or offer a donation, please send an email to, call 707-529-1201 or register in person at the Kenilworth Teen Center, 150 Fairgrounds Dr.

Volunteering or donating through Petaluma People Services Center will make sure that evacuees and first responders receive what they need in the most organized and sensitive way possible. We will send out additional information as our volunteer and donation needs change.

Blankets, Pillows and Towels Needed – Petaluma is sheltering over 1,000 evacuees.  They are in need of NEW blankets, pillows and towels.  If you can donate, please drop them off at the Kenilworth Teen Center located 150 Fairgrounds Dr.


The Public Safety Power Shutoff is planned to continue through Monday (10/28/2019).  Approximately 4,000 customers have lost power, primarily on the west side of the City.  As PG&E monitors the current wind event, they are preparing for another similar event that is expected to begin early Tuesday (10/29/19) morning.  We urge you to stay alert and prepare as the winds will continue throughout the day and could damage infrastructure and lead to expanded power interruptions.


Petaluma has experienced power outages in much of the west side. Traffic signals at the following intersections are not working:

  1. Washington/Howard
  2. D Street/ 1st
  3. B Street/Petaluma Blvd South
  4. I Street/Petaluma Blvd South
  5. Mountain View/Petaluma Blvd South
  6. McNear/Petaluma Blvd South
  7. D Street/Sunnyslope
  8. Lakeville/Marina

We encourage residents to avoid these intersections if possible. Remember that when coming to a traffic signal that is not working, you must stop and treat it like a like a four-way stop signed intersection. If you are not part of the evacuation, please stay off the roads as much as possible.  Get more traffic safety tips here.


24 Hour Fitness, located at 6 Petaluma Blvd North/Mill Building, is offering free showers at their facility through Friday.


Sonoma Water Agency water production facilities have been switched to emergency generator power. For this reason, we ask that all Petaluma residents, businesses, and visitors limit water use until further notice. We will keep you posted as this situation unfolds.


To avoid setting of additional fires, please do not use barbecues or burn any outdoor fires.


City of Petaluma staff will continue monitoring the situation and preparing city facilities and infrastructure for potential impacts of the power shutoff and fire evacuations. 

For up-to-date emergency information, visit the Sonoma County Emergency Website. For support and information you can visit or dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

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