Harrison Grade Neighborhood

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"We are dedicated to the protection and preservation of our community's lives and property in the face of disasters. We can accomplish this through preparation & planning with the participation of all of the neighbors in the Harrison Grade community."

The Neighborhood

Harrison Grade Neighborhood is part of the Occidental FireSafe Council and is one of 16 similar neighborhood designations in the Occidental Community Service District, served by our local Fire Department. Our neighborhood is shown on the map below. This map shows a number of colored regions called Pods. Each pod is a group of neighbors who are able to look out for each other, especially in the event of some disaster. The pods collectively are the Harrison Grade Neighborhood.

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New additions were last made on May 24th, 2023 and include


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Date & Time Location Meeting Agenda Meeting Notes
Sun, Feb 11, 2023 3 - 5:00 pm 13492 Harrison Grade Pl,Sebastopol 95472 N/A Notes
Sun, Oct 16, 2022 3 - 5:00 pm 4175 Harrison Grade Rd,Sebastopol 95472 N/A Notes
Sun, Jun 13, 2021 3 - 5:00 pm 4201 Harrison Grade Rd,Sebastopol 95472 Agenda Notes
Sat, Aug 01, 2020 3 - 5:00 pm ZOOM - 29 homes in attendance. Agenda Notes
Sun, Feb 23, 2020 3 - 5:00 pm 3335 Harrison Grade Rd, Sebastopol CA 95472 Agenda Notes
Sun, Nov 17, 2019 3 - 5:00 pm 4175 Harrison Grade Road, Sebastopol CA 95472 N/A Notes
Sun, Oct 06, 3 - 5:00 pm 13500 Harrison Grade Place, Sebastopol CA 95472 Agenda Notes
Sun, Jul 07, 3 - 5:00 pm 13492 Harrison Grade Place, Sebastopol CA 95472 Agenda Notes
Sat, Apr 20, 2 - 4:00 pm Occidental Firehouse Agenda Notes
Sun, Mar 03, 4 - 5:15 pm Occidental Firehouse Agenda Notes
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 13500 Harrison Grade Place, Sebastopol CA 95472 Agenda Notes
Sun, Sep 09, 2018 4175 Harrison Grade Rd, Sebastopol CA 95472 Agenda Notes
Sat, Aug 18, 2018 4999 Harrison Grade Rd, Sebastopol CA 95472 Agenda Notes

Harrison Grade Evacuation Map

Evacuation Map

This evacuation map provides various evacuation routes from Harrison Grade.
In any evacuation, one or more of these paths may not be viable.

Fire Preparedness

One Call Now

Fire Safe Occidental has the One Call Now system in place for emergencies. It's a quick way for neighbors to contact a group of neighbors and the Neighborhood Leaders in the event of an urgent/immediate issue. If you are on our contact list, your phone number is already uploaded. Please study these directions.

The app mentioned in the directions is available from the app stores for your mobile. Login information will be sent to you via email. There are also informative videos on the company's website. We would like a $5 contribution for each number submitted. For questions, contact Carolyn Sell by email.

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Fire Wise

Congratulations! OCSD Neighborhood #1 is now a Fire Wise Community. Your Board is made up of these volunteering neighbors:

They have worked through the application process and been granted Fire Wise status. This is the one designation that may help you renew your homeowners' insurance as well as keep the rates reasonable.

You can read more about the Fire Wise program here.

Our commitment to remain active in the program is to put in one hour per property per year. We have 100 parcels in our group: all of Facendini, Harrison Grade Rd., Harrison Grade Place, Heather Lane, and small parts of Morelli and Stoetz Roads. Our minimum commitment is 100 hours per year of either paid or volunteer time doing home hardening and defensible space projects. These are very inclusive: Everything from raking leaves, cleaning gutters, pruning, keeping grass short, etc. count toward our goal - in fact, nearly all forms of yard work. And it doesn't matter if you do it yourself or pay for the help. We will ask three times a year for a summary of the hours and costs you have incurred in your property management efforts. These figures will be used to write our annual report, but please be assured that no names or addresses will be included beyond our immediate neighborhood.

Here is a new report form. The major change is that you only need to fill out and return it 3 times each year. Please keep track of your time so that we can easily access your data when we put in the call for hours and expenses (to coincide with our usual 3 or so meetings per year).

Here is our 3-year plan. This is a requirement of the program and it will be revised as needed every three years.

Thank you all for your participation and helping us become a part of the Fire Wise USA network!


A major earthquake can be a disaster in its own right and California has a long history of them. Major quakes range from the famous 1906 one through much more recent earthquake events such as the 1986 Loma Prieta that occured minutes prior to the 49ers vs Raiders final at Candlestick Park. An earthquake disaster will likely leave an aftermath that requires a different response from that incurred by a fire.

After a quake there may be no exit from the home environment and so there will be the need for survival in place for some time. Utilities such as electricity, gas, phone (both cell service and landline), internet and cable TV as well as road access may be nonexistent for a week or more.

The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) organisation has produced a video along with The State of Washington Office of Emergency Management. You may view it by clicking the chapters below. The time each chapter takes is shown.

MYN Earthquake Video

To view a chapter click on its Chapter Content. You will go to another page where the selected video will play. When you are ready to view it click on the Play button. When you have finished, click on the Return link at the bottom of the page.

Note that the workbook referred to in the video is no longer available.

Chapter ContentTime (min:sec)
Value of Planning5:29
9 Step Disaster Response25:02
The Gathering Site2:32
The Care Center3:46
Skill & Equipment Inventory1:25
Neighborhood Map2:05
Contact List1:54
Review - Steps 1 - 72:37
Steps 8 and 94:13
Going forward1:54

QuakeAlertUSA App

This app is available for yourcellphone or tablet. It will alert you that an earthquake has occurred and will advise you to Drop, Cover and Hold. Coverage for the alerts is for California and Oregon.

Warning times can range from 10 to 60+ seconds ahead of the shaking. This depends on your location with respect to the epicenter of the quake. An estimate of the time remaining before shaking starts and how strong it will be is shown.

The app uses USGS data and is an official pilot created in partnership with USGS. As such it is definitely a beta product that may give false positive warnings.

QuakeAlertUSA is free and available from the iPhone App Store and on Google Play.

511.org announces 511ALERT

511ALERT is a text-based notification system for travelers in the greater Bay Area. In the event of an emergency such as an earthquake, tsunami or other catastrophe, registered Nixle users will receive up-to-date, accurate transportation alert information gathered from various trusted government sources. These alerts will complement the information currently provided by 511 on its website, phone line, and social media channels. The text-based alerts do not require a smartphone to register and can be viewed easily without the inconvenience of logging into a website.

To register for alerts go to 511.org

Neighborhood Skills and Equipment Inventory

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