Did you know that major fires burned out of control on Mt. Tamalpais in 1929 and 1945? There have been no major fires on Mt. Tam since then, and so much brush has accumulated that the potential for a major fire now ranks among the worst in the State of California. The Emergency Preparedness Handbook outlines what to do when the flames come, evacuation, protecting lives from fire, and notification of an emergency.


If your odds of winning the lottery were 67%, would you buy a ticket? If your odds of experiencing a devastating earthquake were 67%, would you take steps to prepare yourself? The U.S. Geological Survey has calculated a 67% chance for an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 or greater in the Bay Area within 30 years. It could happen today. There is a real potential for widespread devastation here. The soft soil along Highway 101 in Corte Madera can be expected to liquefy in a major quake, causing damage similar to that suffered in the San Francisco Marina District in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The Emergency Preparedness Handbook outlines what to do during the earthquake, what to do immediately after the earthquake, preparing yourself and your home, and reduction of hazard risks.

Flooding in Corte Madera could occur with a combination of high tide and heavy rainfall. Flooding rarely occurs here, and when it does it is usually gradual. The Emergency Preparedness Handbook outlines what to do when the water comes.

Your Personal Disaster Plan
Major disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, and floods, have a way of occurring at times when family members are away at work or school. Naturally, you will have concern for separated loved ones, but you can at least be confident that they will be able to take care of themselves if your family is prepared for the emergency. Sit down with your family and discuss what you will do during and immediately after a major disaster, regardless of where you may be when the disaster occurs. Decide such things as how and where you would evacuate and where you would rendezvous, how you would communicate with each other, and where you would stay. A “Disaster Plan Worksheet” is provided with the Corte Madera Emergency Preparedness Handbook. The handbook outlines family earthquake drills, family fire drills, evacuation planning, communications, family reunification, school plan, what to do if you are a senior or are disabled, and insurance.

Pets & Disasters For more information on disaster assistance and preparedness for your pet, please visit the Marin Humane Society disaster preparedness webpage.

Living in a Disaster Area

The Emergency Preparedness Handbook outlines housing, childcare, first aid assistance, sanitation, using emergency food, using and purifying water, travel, pets, and recovery.

Neighborhood Preparedness
The Corte Madera Fire Department offers Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). This program was developed to train neighbors to work with each other during a disaster. After completing the course, you will be better prepared to help yourself and your neighbors in the event of an emergency. You will be taught how to shut off your utilities, perform first aid, and perform light rescue and firefighting. The course consists of five classes. Call the Corte Madera Fire Department at 415-927-5077 if you are interested in CERT classes. The Emergency Preparedness Handbook outlines general neighborhood disaster planning and neighborhood fire prevention.

The Town of Corte Madera Emergency Preparedness Handbook includes checklists for emergency supplies, first aid supplies, and mini survival kits. There is also instruction on how to strap a water heater, secure furniture, sheath cripple walls, and add foundation bolts.

To obtain a copy of the Corte Madera emergency preparedness handbook, with more complete information, call 415-927-5077, or stop by the fire station at 342 tamalpais drive.