Emergency Preparedness

All Emergencies: 9-1-1

Dial 9-1-1 from any campus phone or cell phone to connect directly to the campus police.

Emergency Info Hotline

The University maintains this emergency information hotline for status updates for campus wide emergencies; e.g., flooding, earthquake, fire.

At Sonoma State University the safety of our community members is always at the top of our agenda. A truly safe campus can be achieved only through the cooperation of all students, faculty and staff. There are many people contributing to the safety and security of the SSU campus. The majority of crimes on campus are crimes of opportunity. This includes theft of bicycles, backpacks, computers, books and parking decals. The willingness of students, faculty and staff to secure their property and to report suspicious activity is essential to the prevention of these thefts. Here are some additional crime prevention tips:

  • Never leave valuables in plain sight. This includes your vehicle and apartment.
  • Secure your vehicle or apartment, even when leaving either for just a few minutes.
  • Record ID numbers of valuables and take advantage of our engravers for loan or the bike registration program.
  • Report suspicious activities or persons to Police Services. If you are unsure, report it anyway.
  • Report maintenance problems to Facilities, especially if you are having problems with locks and securing your on campus residence.
  • When out and about, travel in pairs, walk assertively and travel in lighted areas.
  • Know the locations and utilize the blue light telephones should you have or notice an emergency.
  • Safeguard Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) and shred confidential information before discarding.

Community Notifications

Crime statistics can be found on the web at Police and Parking Services. In addition to publishing an annual security report, the SSU Police Services informs the campus community about campus crime in a number of ways as follows:

Special Crime Alerts/Warnings

In matters where there is a threat to safety, the issuance of a timely crime alert, the information will be distributed throughout the campus and posted via the campus email system.

Crime Log and Media

Summaries of campus crime incidents are published in the STAR student newspaper. Police Services also works in partnership with the STAR and SSU Newscenter to publish information related to crime and campus safety issues. The Daily Crime Log can be viewed at the University Police web site.


Emergency Survival Kit

The University highly recommends that each campus resident bring their own emergency survival kit with them when they move into the Residential Community. This emergency kit should include three days worth of supplies, such as water and food, basic first aid supplies, and any special need items. For more information on making an emergency kit and preparing yourself for 3 days, review our 3 Days Checklist and visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security web site.

Specific Needs

Students with medical conditions are encouraged to discuss their specific needs with their Area Coordinator to prepare a plan regarding evacuation in the event of a campus emergency.


Area Coordinators (AC), Office of Residential Life staff, and Police Officers are trained in emergency evacuation procedures and responding to emergencies. In case of an evacuation, residents must remember to vacate the premises and summon assistance immediately. If a major emergency should strike, residents are directed to a residence evacuation site which is listed below based on village:

  • Beaujolais Village: Athletic fields north of Madeira parking lot.
  • Cabernet Village: Grass playing field next to the Children's School.
  • Sauvignon Village: Sauvignon Green or grass playing field across Redwood Drive.
  • Tuscany Village: Parking Lot F.
  • Verdot Village: Grass area across from Redwood Drive in front of Schulz Information Center.
  • Zinfandel Village: Grass playing field next to the Children's School.

Power Outages

During Univeristy business hours residents can obtain information and status updates about a power outage at the Residential Life Office located in Zinfandel Village, at Police Services, or at Housing Services located in Student Center. ACs and CSAs can also be contacted. For operating medical equipment that requires power, please contact Police Services.

Fire Safety

In case of a fire, activate the fire alarm by pulling the lever on the alarm box nearest your room. The fire alarm is a building alarm only, so be sure to call Police Service to report the fire as well. For more information about fire statistics and fire equipment in the Residential Community, you can visit our Fire Safety Report.

Training and Practice

The campus performs periodic evacuation drills and training on emergency response. The department has maintained very positive working relations with Housing Services and the Office of Residence Life to ensure that we are working in concert on many programs. Additionally, fire alarm apparatus are centrally monitored and polled for potential trouble signals or devices being "offline".

Important Contact Numbers



SSU Dispatch

(707) 664-4444

Police Fax

(707) 664-2248

Web Address

Police & Parking Services