Watch Duty is a free public service that provides up-to-the-minute, reliable disaster information. With your help, this 501c3 non-profit organization will always remain free for the community and devoid of outside influence or advertising.
Our Watch Duty team has been personally impacted by wildland fires. We have stood side-by-side with our neighbors, confronting both the fear and the reality of wildfires, and have witnessed our loved ones lose everything. We know, first hand, that when disaster strikes, every minute counts.
People have lost their lives because they didn’t have early warning that fire was coming.Before Watch Duty, our communities didn’t have the critical information necessary to know when we were safe and when we needed to make life-saving decisions.
We recognized that we needed better and more timely information about these life-threatening disasters. This is the reason we built Watch Duty.
Though it may be hard to believe, the most reliable, accurate and timely information in the midst of a disaster does not come from Artificial Intelligence. It comes from passionate, engaged local citizens sharing information and broadcasting in real time.
When a threat is reported, Watch Duty has a devoted team of reporters actively scanning every piece of information available. Together, these reporters collaborate to verify different sources to ensure each update is accurate. They assess the risk of the situation and then share clear, understandable information to inform local citizens.
We’re expanding Watch Duty from a volunteer-only project to a sustainable non-profit and we need your help. With your donations, we’ll hire a modest full-time team to support our volunteers. This will ensure Watch Duty is able to continue to provide the high-quality service the community expects as well as expand the platform to provide even more community value to our members.
We’re a citizen-powered non-profit, started by volunteers – radio operators, business professionals, and active and retired first responders. Many of us have been listening to radio scanners, watching weather patterns and reporting on Facebook and Twitter since the Tubbs Fire in 2017.
some of the Watch Duty Team at a Fire Safe Sonoma event in Guerneville, CA
We felt the anxiety of scouring the Internet for information in the middle of a crisis, using many different websites to try and understand the full picture. In 2021, we found the right team, and implemented everything we learned to create Watch Duty.
We won’t stop building until everything we need in a disaster is all in one place. Every minute counts. When citizens can check often and act early, the world is a safer place.
"They've done a really good job. They're taking our information and putting it right into Watch Duty"
Director of Siskiyou Office of Emergency Services
"There’s a fear of being at risk. Watch Duty is my valium"
Sonoma County Resident, told Wired Magazine
"The Watch Duty app has become a game changer"
Red Cross Senior Disaster Program Manager
As you know, we are completely volunteer-driven and right now we could really use your help spreading the word about this fundraiser. We'd love for you to join us as an ambassador to help spread the word about Watch Duty.