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Emergency Preparedness

Posted on: September 18, 2023

Upcoming Preparedness Events For September and October 2023


September is National Preparedness Month!
This year's theme focuses on preparing older adults for disasters. 25% of Marin County is over the age of 65 and that trend continues to rise. In response to this, we encourage you to review the new guide from ReadyMarin and the Office of Emergency Management. This simple 8-page guide covers resources and includes age-friendly worksheets to get you started. It's important to share your emergency plan with your support network, including family, neighbors, and caregivers. View and download your copy here. Below are a few more tips for older adults to prepare for disasters and emergencies.
  • Fill out the Make a Plan form in the Guide for Older Adults & Carers booklet and share it with your loved ones and caregivers.
  • Plan for transportation before disasters happen. Where will you go and how will you get there? Block Captains can help support older neighbors with their emergency planning.
  • Stay informed by signing up for alerts. Make sure a neighbor and an out of town contact are signed up, too, in case you don't have digital access or miss an alert. 
  • If you undergo routine treatments at a clinic or hospital, find out their emergency plans & work with them to identify backup service providers. Do the same for in-home care.
  • Learn to text. Not only do AlertMarin and Nixle text emergency alerts, but a text message can often get through when a phone call can't.

Emergency Preparedness Month: Disaster Prep at the Mill Valley Library
Monday, September 18th, 6-7pm
Mill Valley Library (Creekside Room), 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

Join SMFD and Fire Safe Marin this Monday, September 18th at the Mill Valley Library for a 1-hour presentation and Q&A session. Learn the 5 Simple Steps to Get Ready for emergencies and disasters. We all have different needs based on age, family, pets, medical issues or disabilities. Whether you Stay (shelter in place) or Go (evacuate), these tips will help you get started. You can register here. Walk-ins are welcome.

Emergency Preparedness Month: Lifesaving Skills at the Mill Valley Library
Monday, September 25th, 6-7pm
Mill Valley Library (Creekside Room), 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley
CPR. Tourniquets. Triage. Learn to save a life with Southern Marin Fire. During this interactive session, you'll learn hands-only CPR, how to stop bleeding, and more. Join us to refresh your skills and have your first aid questions answered by professionals. You can register here. Walk-ins are welcome.

October and the Great ShakeOut
October 19th at 10:19am.
People across the world will take part in the Great ShakeOut. Practice your drop, cover, and hold-on to prepare for the unexpected. Below are more ways you can focus on earthquake safety in October.

Additional Resources

  • New evacuation maps and tips can be found on Residents in the greater Mill Valley area should have received maps by mail over the past week. If they did not, they can download their own from our website. 
  • SMFD offers a number of free vegetation management resources through our Chipper Program and inspections. You can find out more here.
  • Learn more about Neighborhood Response Groups and ways to get involved in your neighborhood by requesting information on the next NRG orientation here.
  • Sign up for Southern Marin Fire District's monthly newsletter and weekly updates. Stay informed with what projects are going on in the Fire District, events, and opportunities. Sign up here.

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