Disaster Preparedness Information
EMERGENCY ALERTS AND WARNING TOOLS: In an emergency, communication is crucial to the safety of all residents, businesses and the entire community.We HIGHLY recommend you sign up for the emergency alerts for Marin County and the Town of Corte Madera.
Click here to go directly to our emergency alerts page.
Additionally, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) has listed the tools that are available to warn residents and visitors in Marin County about threats to life and property. They use these tools at the direction of incident commanders and tailor use of the notification tool to the incident/disaster. To view the detailed list, click here.
Helpful links related to disaster preparedness include:
CREATE / CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY KIT: A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Ready Marin has a great checklist for you to use in your preparation. Click here to view it.
In the event that you get surprised by a disaster knocking at your front door, you can use ReadyMarin's GrabGo checklist as a resource to remind you of what to take as you run out the door. Click here to print yourself a copy.
PLAN FOR A DISASTER: Disaster planning is also very important. ReadyMarin has a great information on preparing and making a family plan. Click here to read more.
To visit the ReadyMarin website and read more information click here.
LEARN ABOUT DEFENSIBLE SPACE: Defensible space is essential to improve your home's chance of surviving a wildfire. It's the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wild land area that surround it. To download the Defensible Space WUI Flyer, please click here.
STAY INFORMED: Staying informed is a very important factor when it comes to survival during disasters. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) offers trainings for individuals in the community. Visit the CERT Training Calendar through the Ready Marin website to learn more about CERT or to sign up for a training by clicking here.
You can also subscribe to Ready Marin’s News and Events blog to receive notifications of upcoming CERT training classes by clicking here.
Nextdoor- a private, neighborhood-based social network also keeps residents informed: click here to sign up.
CREATING A MEDICATION DISASTER PLAN: While people make their emergency preparedness plans, they sometimes forget about their prescription medications. A disaster can strike at any time and without warning. By preparing in advance, you can help make sure you’ll have the medications you need and one less thing to worry about in an emergency.
To download our tips for creating a medication disaster plan, please click here.
THE MORE THE MERRIER: You can never have too much information. Especially, when the information will help you prepare yourself, and stay safe in the event of a disaster. We took some time to go through the resources shared by the higher levels of government and picked out those we felt were the most important to share with you. Check them out below.
The County of Marin has really great information on emergency preparedness. To visit the County of Marin Emergency Preparedness Page, click here.
To view the Marin County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services (OES) website, click here. Below you will also find some useful links to information provided by OES.
- To get updates on current emergency info, click here.
- For information on a variety of hazards including earthquakes, fires, flooding, and power outages, please click here.
- To learn how you can prepare yourself for a disaster, click here.
- To learn how you can reduce the risks, click here.
- For information on how to recover after a disaster, click here.
- OES also has a list of disaster communications you can use. Check out the links below.
- Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA): MERA provides a crucial communications delivery system that is inter-operable between public agencies in order to efficiently and effectively facilitate critical (emergency) communications.
- Marin County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)/Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS)
The State of California has a state agency that deals with state emergencies. It is called the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).To view their website, click here. Below you will also find some useful links to information provided by CalOES.
- To learn about the hazards in your neighborhood, click here.
- For information on Earthquake preparedness, click here.
- Catastrophic Planning
- Tsunami Preparedness
- School Emergency Planning
- To visit the California First Responder Network (CalFRN), click here.
The United States Department of Homeland Security is also involved in emergency preparedness and situations. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supports citizens and first responders to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. To visit their website, click here.
Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assists with communications throughout the Nation. To visit their Emergency Alert System (EAS) page, click here.