The County of Sonoma has begun the process of assessing evacuated areas of the unincorporated county for damage.

The necessary and important process allows the county to determine what dangers may or may not be present and what repairs may or may not be needed before evacuation orders are lifted.

In short, it's a step closer to moving displaced residents back home.

During this process, Permits and Resources Management Department (Permit Sonoma) employees will be in the evacuated zones. Their vehicles will display the Sonoma County Seal and the employees themselves will be displaying prominent County Identification Cards.

Any citizen who encounters a Permit Sonoma Employee and questions their identification is encouraged to call Sheriff's Dispatch at 707-565-2121 to confirm their identification.