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Cooling Center Open To All In Mill Valley For Thursday, June 17th

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As temperatures will increase on Wednesday, June 16th with the hottest day of the week on Thursday, June 17th. City of Mill Valley will be providing a Cooling Center for those who need a location to cool off from the extreme heat. While temperatures cool slightly on Friday near the coast, they will still be hot across the interior. Please review additional safety information below:

 

COOLING CENTER

In an effort to offer residents some relief, please see Cooling Center details below:

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Low-Income Senior Tax Exemptions - Apply Today

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The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) was created to implement a comprehensive wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness program for Marin County. MWPA is funded by a parcel tax, Measure C, approved by voters in March 2020. There is a low-income senior parcel tax exemption available to homeowners who meet certain criteria. You must re-apply every year. Applications must be received or postmarked by June 30, 2021 to be considered for the 2021-22 tax year. 

 

2021/22 Application Available Now

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Heat stroke or heat exhaustion: Do you know the difference?

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Do what's the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke? The CDC says heat exhaustion is the precursor to heat stroke and happens when the body is unable to regulate its temperature.

 

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms/Warning Signs:

 

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Southern Marin Fire District's Evacuation Drill Recap | June 12, 2021

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Over the past weekend, Southern Marin Fire District ran two voluntary evacuation drills Saturday, June 12th to help get residents ready just in case of a wildfire or emergency disaster. Residents were instructed to meet up at a staging area in Southview Park in Sausalito learning what to do and where to go in case of a wildfire or earthquake, followed by 30 minutes of Question and Answer. A couple hours later, there was another drill for residents in the Marinview neighborhood of Tam Valley.

 

County Of Marin Sheriff’s Office rolled out a new Public Emergency Portal with up-to-date information and emergency incidents. The purpose of this website is to connect the community with resources to plan for the emergency and know what to do in case of emergency. Learn more by visiting emergency.marincounty.org

 

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Small Craft Advisory Followed By Heat Risk For Week of June 14, 2021

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Marine Update as of June 14, 2021: 

 

Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 1 PM through 9 PM, Monday June 14th. Then also in effect from 9 AM through 9 PM, Tuesday June 15th. For the first Small Craft Advisory, west winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt expected. For the second Small Craft Advisory, northwest winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt expected. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in hazardous conditions.

 

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Watch Part 3 of "How To Prepare Before, During, & After A Wildfire Evacuation" Video Series

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Southern Marin Fire District and other fire agencies monitor weather conditions daily and use indexes and predictions to make decisions about how to fight fires and how to prevent new fires from igniting. Residents and visitors to areas where wildfires are likely to occur should be aware of current and predicted weather conditions, and should take additional actions to prepare their family, home, and community when risk is elevated.

 

The vegetation fire in Mill Valley on Monday, May 31st is a reminder to all residents to be prepared when wildfires threaten our community. Residents should know what to do in case of emergency. All month long Southern Marin Fire District will be sharing videos educating residents on steps to prepare, in advance, for evacuation from wildfires and other disasters. 

 

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Paved Fuel Reduction Dates For June 2021

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

 

With your continued support, we have removed more than 7,100 tons of flammable vegetation from Southern Marin and Mill Valley right of ways and private property. This has not only improved emergency response times, but it has also reduced the number of power outages during winter storms. 

 

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Marin County Public Health Online Town Hall to Cover COVID-19 Next Steps

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NEWS RELEASE: Marin Health & Human Resources June 7, 2021

San Rafael, CA – So much is changing in June as our society, our businesses, and our lives ease back toward the pre-pandemic state of things. What is the next chapter for Marin County?

 

Some answers will be provided in a virtual town hall scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10, hosted by the County of Marin. The discussion will focus on the steps toward reopening Marin and what that will mean for daily routines, including in relation to health care. The featured speakers will be Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis, District 4 County Supervisor and Board President Dennis Rodoni, and Dr. Laura Eberhard, Chief of Critical Care for Kaiser Permanente San Rafael.

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Watch Part 2 of "How To Prepare Before, During, & After A Wildfire Evacuation" Video Series

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The vegetation fire in Mill Valley on Monday, May 31st is a reminder to all residents to be prepared when wildfires threaten our community. Residents should know what to do in case of emergency. All month long Southern Marin Fire District will be sharing videos educating residents on steps to prepare, in advance, for evacuation from wildfires and other disasters.  

In an emergency, Marin officials may use many different tools to communicate information and instructions to the community; Alert Marin, Nixle, local TV and radio, and Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) are the primary outlets. Register now and prepare to use these systems before an emergency occurs. 

Watch "Part Two" of our Wildfire Evacuation Preparedness Video. 

Previous Videos from the Evacuation Preparedness Series:

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National Safety Month

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Identifying risks around the home or improving safety standards at home and in your community protects everyone. Whether we increase first aid and emergency awareness through drills or provide water safety tips for summer recreation, we’re taking steps to provide a safer neighborhood.

 

Each week throughout National Safety Month in June is an opportunity to make a difference in your home, work, and community.

 

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Fireworks Safety Month

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Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. With many professional firework shows being canceled this year, it is important to know that fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. 

 

Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage. And in 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks related injuries; half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2018 injuries. These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2018 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu and Jason Ng.

 

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Fire-smart Landscaping – June’s Tip Of The Month

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It’s time to clean-up and spruce up.  By eliminating or moving combustible items surrounding your home, you can take the first step towards making your landscape fire-smart.  Grab a bucket, a broom and a hand pruner and start these easy-to-do maintenance tasks today:

  • Clean-up areas where wind eddies deposit leaf and plant litter along the perimeter of your home.  
  • Clear dead debris from flower beds close to the home.
  • Rake up wood mulch within 5 feet of the home and move it to another location in your garden.
  • Trim dead, damaged and diseased branches and dispose of the material in your green waste bin.
  • Move common combustible fire hazards away from the area immediately surrounding your home including brooms, rakes, plastic waste bins, wood furniture, furniture cushions, wood piles, and natural fiber door mats. Move these items as far away from your house as possible – or indoors if a nearby wildfire threatens.

For more information on fire-smart landscaping, visit UC Marin Master Gardener to learn more.

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Join Us For The Annual Evacuation Drill Event Series!

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This year, the drill will focus on neighborhoods within Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tam Valley, Homestead, and Alto. By now, residents in these neighborhoods should have received a postcard invitation mailer containing details to thier specific neighborhood event. Residents will receive special instructions via AlertMarin the morning of the drill to fetch their "Grab and Go Bag" and head down to their temporary "Community Refuge Area" for a 10 minute presentation, Q&A, and access to additional safety resources.

 

These six mini evacuation drill events are FREE and in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, Sausalito Police Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and Mill Valley Police Department.

 

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Watch Part 1 of "How To Prepare Before, During, & After A Wildfire Evacuation" Video Series

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The vegetation fire in Mill Valley on Monday, May 31st is a reminder to all residents to be prepared when wildfires threaten our community. Residents should know what to do in case of emergency. All month long Southern Marin Fire District will be sharing videos educating residents on steps to prepare, in advance, for evacuation from wildfires and other disasters. 

 

Watch "Part One" of our Wildfire Evacuation Preparedness Video. 

 

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BBQ Grill Safely This Memorial Day Weekend

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When the warmer weather hits, there’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries.

 

Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling. 

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Memorial Day Weekend Heat Risk & Safety: Steps You Can Take to Have Fun and Stay Fire Safe

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A warming and drying trend begins on Sunday as high pressure builds into the Bay Area and Central CA.  This will lead to hot daytime temperatures with peak heat occurring Memorial Day and Tuesday. Temperatures are likely to be well above normal away from the coast and somewhat above normal near the coast during this period. At this time, onshore breezes look to minimize heat impacts along and near the coast. Cooling trend should begin Wednesday into Thursday as the ridge breaks down, but conditions will still be warm and dry with highs near to above normal. As we enter fire season in drought conditions, we encouraged residents to recreate safely and create defensible space around their property to stop the spread of wildfires.

 

California law requires homeowners to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around homes and structures, or to the property line, by clearing out flammable materials such as brush or vegetation to help halt the progress of an approaching wildfire. This defensible space also provides for firefighter safety while they protect homes during a wildfire.

 

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RSVP To This Week’s Southern Marin Fire's Virtual Events | May 24 – May 28

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This week, Southern Marin Fire is presenting at several virtual events and we want to make sure you’re invited! Check them out below: 

 

Tuesday, May 25 7:00PM – 10:00PM: Fire Season Outlook

Southern Marin Fire Protection District will share a 30-minute presentation covering a wide range of subjects including:

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CERT Hybrid Training Recap May 2021

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In a large-scale disaster, both self-reliance and the use of volunteers under professional assistance will be necessary to help our community bounce back from a natural disaster. With this in mind, the fire departments and districts in Marin County have been offering a program in Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) for civilians.

 

On Saturday, May 15th, a CERT Hybrid training hands-on class was held at the Mill Valley Community Center as part of the second portion of CERT’s training program. Volunteers who completed and passed the online training portion were able to attend in-person skills training designed to safely learn the following topics:

-       Fire Extinguisher usage

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Join Southern Marin Fire/Mill Valley Fire In A Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop

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Prepare yourself for wildfire! 

Throughout the month, FireSafe Marin has been conducting a series of virtual community workshops that have covered a variety of topics including wildfire science, defensible space, home hardening basics, community preparedness, and personal preparedness and evacuations. 

On Wednesday, May 26th, join Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Valley Fire experts answer questions specific to the geographic service area of Southern Marin and Mill Valley, as well as, cover a variety of topics relating to wildfire preparedness. These workshops will teach actionable skills that residents can use right away.

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PG&E Providing More Community Resources for Public Safety Power Shutoffs This Year

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As part of its ongoing efforts to keep customers and communities safe, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has added numerous resources to further support customers and communities before, during and after Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). During severe weather, PG&E may need to turn off power for public safety as high winds can cause tree branches or debris to contact energized electric lines, which could damage electrical equipment and cause a major wildfire.

 

“We understand that being without power is a hardship on our customers,” said Marlene Santos, EVP of Customer Care and Chief Customer Officer. “That is why we are continuing to listen to our customers and respond to their feedback by providing the information and tools they need to help lessen the impact of PSPS events.”

 

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Stand Down For Behavioral Health & Suicide Awareness

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. To help bring this topic out of the shadows, all California fire departments are urged to participate in a Behavioral Health and Suicide Awareness Safety Stand Down. 

During the week of May 17th through May 21st, California Professional Firefighters, California Fire Chiefs Association, Cal-OES and the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee urge all agencies to set aside time to conduct exercises and initiate a conversation on mental wellness. Southern Marin Fire District will be participating in these important discussions providing our firefighters with Zoom presentations, resources, and newsletters. 

Preventing suicide in the fire service starts with each and every one of us checking in on our own, having the uncomfortable conversations and opening the door to breaking the stigma that speaking up is a weakness.

 

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Vaccinations of 12- to 15-year-olds Starts in Marin

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News Release from Marin County Public Health :

San Rafael, CA – COVID-19 vaccinations are to start Thursday, May 13, in Marin County for youths aged 12 to 15 now that authorization bodies have provided the go-ahead. 

Marin County Public Health is organizing the outreach effort for parents and guardians of the younger group, which amounts to about 14,000 residents. Public Health has set a goal to vaccinate at least half of the group within a week of receiving authorization. Existing mass vaccination sites will offer evening and weekend hours for newly eligible youths, and mobile vaccination units will be dispatched to select locations, including schools in lower-income communities.

One primary site for adolescent vaccinations will be the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, a drive-through vaccine site operated in partnership with Curative and the Golden Gate Bridge District. The site is open Sundays  through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will open 6,000 appointments for the newly approved 12- to 15-age group on Thursday, May 13.

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Emergency Broadband Benefit is Now Available

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Today, Southern Marin Fire Protection District announced it is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program.  The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 

The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands.  The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider. 

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:  

·       Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program;

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National Water Safety Month & Safe Boating Week

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May is National Water Safety Month and Southern Marin Fire District wants to ensure that every member of your family becomes water competent. This means being water smart, having swimming skills and knowing how to help others. With the safety resources from The American Red Cross, children and adults should learn to swim so they at least achieve the skills of water competency: be able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance and then get out of the water safely.

Layers of protection are essential to help prevent drowning. Plan ahead for aquatic activities:

  • provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water;
  • fence pools and spas with adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing;
  • learn swimming and water survival skills;
  • children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets; and
  • always swim in a lifeguarded area.

 

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May Is Wildfire Preparedness Month

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We are all adjusting to new schedules and routines due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One thing many of us have in common is we are spending more time at home which makes it especially important to prepare and protect our homes. As hotter, drier weather of summer approaches, the risk of wildfire increases.  While practicing social distancing, FEMA encourages you to make sure your home and your family are prepared for wildfires.

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Governor Newsom Issues Proclamation Declaring Wildfire Preparedness Week May 2 - 8, 2021

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring May 2-8, 2021 as “Wildfire Preparedness Week” in the State of California.

 

The Governor last month signed an early action funding package to accelerate projects that will protect high-risk communities as part of his overall proposed $1 billion investment in forest health and community fire resilience.

 

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Join PG&E In Wildfire Safety Webinars

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PG&E hosts online webinars throughout each year for anyone who is interested in learning more about our Community Wildfire Safety Program. These virtual gatherings allow community members to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback.

 

For anyone who is not able to join a live webinar, we've made our presentations and video recordings of our past webinars available below. View past presentations.  

 

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Spring Cleaning Should Include Creating Defensible Space for Yards and Property

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — As wildfire season approaches, simple tasks like trimming back trees, shrubs and bushes and creating defensible space around a home or business can help make neighborhoods and communities safer. Recognizing California’s Wildfire Preparedness Week, customers, neighborhoods and towns can take a hands-on approach to wildfire preparedness this spring.

 

 

Pacific Gas and Electric Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E)  Safety Action Center website offers easy-to-use educational videos and visual guides with tips on how to create defensible space, which is the buffer area between a home and any vegetation or material that could fuel a wildfire.

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PAVED ROAD FUEL REDUCTION EVENTS FOR MAY 2021

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

With your continued support, we have removed more than 7,100 tons of flammable vegetation from Southern Marin and Mill Valley right of ways and private property. This has not only improved emergency response times, but it has also reduced the number of power outages during winter storms.  

The focus of the Vegetation Management Program in your neighborhood includes: 

• Pruning trees to maintain emergency vehicle access

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Pop-Up Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics In Marin

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If you live or work in Marin and have not received your first COVID-19 vaccine, you can drop-in to our Pop-up clinic on Friday, May 7 in Marin City. No appointments are needed at the Health & Wellness Center. The vaccine is FREE and available to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.

 

Anyone 18 or older is eligible. The Pop-up clinic will be administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which requires only one dose. This vaccine opportunity is made possible by Marin County Public Health, and Marin City Health & Wellness Center. 

 

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Fire-Smart Landscaping - May's Tip Of The Month

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May is a good month to observe the health of plantings along the exit routes from your home to your vehicle.  Exits may be through doors or windows and along a path to a vehicle parked on a street, a detached garage, or a meeting place with neighbors.   Embers can ignite combustible material along your exit route, possibly preventing you from exiting your home or a fire fighter from entering your home.

  • Identify the escape routes to your vehicle
  • Remove or move jute door mats, wood planters and other combustible materials from your exits
  • Assess the health and condition of the plants along each route
  • Remove dead plant material and plant debris 
  • Remove vines near doors or windows
  • Replace wood gates, arbors or trellises near exit routes with noncombustible material 

Make your garden sustainable, healthy and fire-smart, visit UC Marin Master Gardener to learn more.

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PG&E Patrolling Gas Transmission Lines in North Bay By Air Starting Monday, April 26, 2021

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Just in time for National Safe Digging Month, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will begin conducting aerial patrols of gas transmission pipelines throughout the North Bay starting on Monday, April 26. Residents may notice a helicopter flying as low as 300 to 500 feet, or fixed-wing aircraft, following gas transmission lines in Vallejo, Marin, Napa and Sonoma Counties. PG&E conducts monthly aerial patrols of all its gas transmission pipelines in the interest of public safety and system integrity.

 

A pilot and two observers in up to three different small airplanes will fly about 7,000 – 9,000 feet above gas transmission lines Monday through Friday. Flights will fly to and from Concord’s Buchanan Airfield, with possible stops at Novato’s Gnoss Field, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Using GPS and live video, a pilot and two observers navigate the pipelines and document excavation and construction activity, or other observations that obstruct rights-of-way. 

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2021 Fire Season Outlook Report

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At the Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Committee meeting on April 13, 2021, the Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) Chair Directors received an update on the 2021 Fire Season Outlook report which forecasted the 2021 fire season. 

Due to wildfires, California was hit particularly hard resulting in loss of life, structure loss, and acreage burned in 2020. The result is a record number of Spare the Air days (46) issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Continuing trends include longer fire seasons (80 additional days per year), with Southern California dealing with a continuous season. Climate change is considered the key driver of the trend towards protracted and more destructive fire seasons in California. Warmer and dryer springs, limited snowpack, and increased fuel availability will add to the intensity of the 2021 Fire Season 

Drought is the predominant factor influencing the 2021 fire season. When comparing the drought picture from March 2020 to March 2021, it is easy to see that our drought is worsening without any relief seen in the mid- range forecasts. Drought is related to fire risk because it increases fuel dryness (in both live and dead fuels), which correlates closely to an increased probability of ignition and increased fire spread rate. Drought is also closely related to increasing the fire season's length as fuels are available for extended periods. 

Both SMFD and MVFD are actively working to educate our communities regarding the risks and their responsibilities. How do we prepare a community for the wildland fire season? We accomplish mitigation through the 4 E’s (Education, Engineering, Enforcement, and Emergency Response).

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PG&E To Host 811 Safe Digging Webinars - Save The Dates

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As part of National Safe Digging Month, PG&E will host two free 811 safe digging webinars for homeowners and contractors. The webinar sessions will provide an overview of the 811 process and guidance for digging safely once underground utilities have been marked. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of PG&E 811 Damage Prevention experts in each session.

 

WHAT:         811 Safe Digging Public Webinars

 

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Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop - Save The Dates

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Prepare yourself for wildfire! 

A series of virtual community workshops will cover a variety of topics including wildfire science, defensible space, home hardening basics, community preparedness, and personal preparedness and evacuations. All workshops will include discussion, Q&A, and the same topics, but each will also feature a guest speaker that can answer questions specific to each geographic service area of Marin County. These workshops will teach actionable skills that residents can use right away.

Save The Dates:

Wed, May 5: West Marin with Jordan Reeser, Marin County Fire Department Captain

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Call 811 Before Digging

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April 7, 2021

With Millions of Californians Still Working and Schooling from Home, 

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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on our roads. In 2019, distracted driving killed 3,142 people – a 10% increase from 2018. Young drivers seem more prone to using their phones while driving. According to NHTSA research from 2017, drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers have since 2007.

Drive Responsibly

Follow these safety tips for a safe ride every time: 

• Need to send a text? Pull over and park your car in a safe location. Only then is it safe to send or read a text.

• Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.

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Prescription Drug Take Back Month - April 2021

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is held on April 24, 2021 which addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

For safety, it is recommended to clean out the medicine cabinet twice annually, and residents of Marin County can participate in this month’s Prescription Drug Take Back Month in Marin. The perfect time to deposit unused and unwanted medications at one of 24 receptacles located around the county. Marin residents can also "take back" from home by ordering a mail-back envelope to be delivered to their residence. RxSafeMarin.org includes a list of locations and more information about the mail-back option.

 

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day - May 1, 2021

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Projects that reduce wildfire risk and increase preparedness can be accomplished by people of all ages with a variety of time commitments. You might be asking, “What can I do in a single day to help stay safer from wildfire?” The answer is—a lot! Here is a thorough checklist from NFPA:

 

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• Can you see your home’s address number from the street? How about your neighbors’? If not, trim overgrown vegetation covering or blocking the numbers on your homes in case firefighters need to find you. You can order an address visibility sign here.

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Observe Window Safety Year Round

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As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force in partnership with the National Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Window Safety Week is observed during the first full week of April each year. However, open windows can be dangerous any time of year for young children who are not properly supervised. 

 

Each year, the Window Safety Task Force takes the first full week in April to educate about the importance of practicing window safety year-round.

 

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Southern Marin Fire District Launches Diversity Initiatives

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At the meeting on March 24, 2021, the Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) Board of Directors received an update on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) activities and adopted three strategic initiatives with the goal of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive agency and culture. 

Two of the initiatives are related to recruitment and career development, and include partnering with the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) Diversity Recruitment team to implement measures that will increase the number of women and people of color who apply to the fire service for employment. The second initiative will include a partnership with the Fredrick Leon Marcus Youth Academy (FLMYA) in Marin City to provide education and build relationships focused on civic engagement.  

In the third initiative, SMFD plans to develop a comprehensive DEI plan, modeled on the best practices of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). The District recently submitted an application to become a GARE member agency, and in upcoming weeks, Fire Chief Chris Tubbs will create an internal work team to develop a draft plan for the SMFD Board to review and approve.

“We are challenged, like other California Fire Departments, with the issue of recruitment of women and minorities,” Chief Tubbs said. “We embrace the need for comprehensive action that results in ensuring that our agency is one in which diversity, equity and inclusion are core values modeled through our behaviors and actions.”

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Chipper Program For April 2021

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Every month, the Southern Marin Fire District's Chipper program selects a neighborhood to help reduce the flammable vegetation around homes. This month we are targeting the following streets in Sausalito during the week of April 19 - 23:

• North Street

• Princess Street

• Prospect Street

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FIRE-SMART LANDSCAPING - APRIL'S TIP OF THE MONTH

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By using sustainable and earth friendly garden practices, your garden can be a place for pollinators and insects to travel through, making it a wildlife corridor.  Here’s a few helpful tips to create a fire-smart sanctuary:

 

• The UC Marin Master Gardeners have plant lists to help homeowners select attractive, easy care, water wise, and pollinator friendly plants. California natives are a good choice that include important host and nectar plants.

 

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Creating A Defensible Space Webinar Presented by FireSafe Marin

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Creating Defensible Space. Learn what is legally required by law, benefits of mature trees, and planning to reduce wildfire danger while increasing support for biodiversity. 

Presented by: 
Todd Lando, Battalion Chief, and Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist 
Bonnie Morse, Bonnie Bee & Company 

 
When: March 30, 2021, 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Creating Defensible Space

Join on Facebook live stream or here:
https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/j/87382415962
 
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Paved Road Fuel Reduction Events For April 2021

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

With your continued support, we have removed more than 7,100 tons of flammable vegetation from Southern Marin and Mill Valley right of ways and private property. This has not only improved emergency response times, but it has also reduced the number of power outages during winter storms.  

The focus of the Vegetation Management Program in your neighborhood includes: 

·      Pruning trees to maintain emergency vehicle access

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Gusty North-Northeast Winds into Tuesday, March 30th

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A wind advisory has been issued for the Bay Area hills Monday night through Tuesday morning.

 

While there are no fire concerns due to recent rains, it is important to bring attention to those carrying out prescribed burns or backyard burn piles. Some local power outages may occur due to the high winds knocking down tree branches or diseased trees. Temporary outdoor structures (i.e. medical tents) should be secured, especially if on the downwind side of nearby mountains. 

 

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Marin County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Marin Public Health is working with local hospitals, healthcare facilities, clinics and pharmacies to establish multiple vaccination sites for the general public.

Appointments required; no walk-ins. You must get your first and second dose from the same provider. You cannot get one dose from one provider and your second dose from a different provider.

Supply remains limited. Even if you are eligible, there may not be a dose available right now. Keep checking for available appointments. Check this website for updates about when vaccines will be available for more groups.

 

If you have questions about the vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider. 

For residents without internet access

Call (833) 641-1988 to get help making a vaccination appointment. People eligible to get help from this call center are:

  • Age 65 or older.
  • Living with disabilities and age 18 or older.
  • In need of home care or personal assistance.
  • Need language interpretation (including ASL).
  • Have limited or no internet access.
  • Need help arranging transportation.

For general information (no vaccine appointments can be made)

 

  • Call (415) 473-7191 (M-F, 9:30am-12pm and 1-5pm)
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Digital Marin seeks feedback from the community about internet access

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Digital Marin is a cross-sector collaboration between residents and government, education, nonprofit, business, and other sectors to develop a countywide roadmap for improving internet access, disaster resilience, data sharing, and digital services.

Digital Marin is seeking feedback from residents via an online survey that asks questions about access, quality, affordability, and use of the internet. Please take the survey and also share it widely with your friends, family, and coworkers here in Marin. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete, responses are anonymous, and it can be taken in English or Spanish. Responses will help identify potential projects and priorities for the roadmap.

Learn more, subscribe to updates, and take the survey at GoDigitalMarin.org.

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Power Outages & Downed Power Lines Safety Tips

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Power Outages/Downed Power Lines

Residents are advised of possible downed trees and power lines. Report downed power lines by calling 9-1-1 and PGE at 1-800-743-5002. Stay away from the downed powerlines and assume they are energized and dangerous. 

Here are some tips:

·       Check to make sure you have batteries, fully charged back-up battery packs for your devices, and a battery powered radio.

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SPRING FORWARD - TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS WHEN YOU SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD

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California goes off daylight saving time at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 14th. To mark the occasion, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District recommends that you remember to "turn and test," i.e. test your smoke alarms at the same time that you turn your clocks. This will ensure that you check your smoke alarms at least twice per year, when we "spring forward" and "fall back."

A smoke alarm is an inexpensive way to protect your family from smoke and fire injuries, but you must take the time to test it to ensure that it is working properly. A properly functioning smoke alarm doubles your chance of surviving a fire by warning you of a dangerous situation before it is too late.

For minimum coverage, have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, hallways outside every bedroom, and in every sleeping area. You can also add alarms to the top and bottom of all stairways and often-forgotten places such as basements, attics, utility rooms, and garages. 

Almost all smoke alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Most alarms also have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power. Please note that smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. If you purchased your smoke alarms on or before November 2010, it is a good idea to replace them to make sure they are in working condition.

SAFETY TIPS 

·       Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.

·       Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

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When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated - How to Protect Yourself and Others

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According to the CDC on Monday, March 8th, 2021, People are considered fully vaccinated:

·       2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

·       2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

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California Arbor Week - March 7-14th

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Just in Time for California Arbor Week, PG&E Offers New Safety Resource to Help Customers Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is kicking off California Arbor Week (March 7-14) by unveiling its new comprehensive web resource for its customers and communities that includes rules, tips and guides for planting trees safely near electric and gas lines. The Right Tree, Right Place web resource can be found at pge.com/righttreerightplace and includes free downloadable brochures on how to plant with fire safety in mind and creating defensible space.

 

“Trees play a vital role in our environment and make California a beautiful place to live, work recreate. They also need space to grow both above and below ground. Planting the right tree in the right place helps promote fire safety, reduces power outages, provides shade benefits, enhances property values and ensures beauty for years to come,” said Tony Walls, Vegetation Management Supervisor for the North Bay. “If the right tree is not planted in the right place and too close to power and gas lines, it can create public safety issues and power outages.”

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Preparation Tips For Thunderstorms

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PG&E to Customers: Have a Plan for Upcoming Weather Systems

After a Very Dry February in Much of Northern and Central California, Meteorologists Forecasting Rain and Snow This Week

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.  After an unusually dry February across much of Northern and Central California, there’s finally some potential for rain in the weather forecast.

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Tsunami Preparedness Week - March 25 - 29

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California's Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 25 - 29.  Cal OES, the California Geological Survey, and the National Weather Service coordinate through the California Tsunami Program to assist local coastal partners with planning activities. During Tsunami Preparedness Week, the California Tsunami Program will support local partners by presenting information to community members, participating in evacuation exercises, community drills (tsunami walks), and staffing information booths at preparedness fairs.


Catastrophic tsunamis are rare. We may have a tendency to get complacent and think that one will never happen while we’re at the beach. However, every coastline in the world is vulnerable to a tsunami. Although a tsunami cannot be prevented, you can diminish adverse impacts through community preparedness, timely warnings and effective response.​​​

Any coast is vulnerable to tsunamis. We can get better prepared before the next tsunami by practicing how to protect ourselves when one occurs. 

Remember: 1) Protect yourself during local earthquakes, 2) Go to high ground or inland, 3) Stay there!

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Chipper Program Event For March 2021

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Every month, the Southern Marin Fire District's Chipper program selects a neighborhood to help reduce the flammable vegetation around homes. This month we are targeting the following streets in Strawberry during the week of March 22 - 26:

·      Shuck Drive

·      Storer Drive

·      Topside Way

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Download PulsePoint - Help SMFD Save a Life

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PulsePoint is a 911-connected app that can immediately inform you of emergencies occurring in your community and can request your help when CPR is needed nearby. If you're CPR-certified, download the PulsePoint app today so you could help someone nearby in case of cardiac arrest. Learn more at pulsepoint.org

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Fire-Smart Landscaping - March's Tip Of The Month

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Spring is the time to make your garden lean, clean, and green, and create a well maintained and defensible space around your property.  

  • Lean: Keep plants thinned, pruned, and low growing. Have space between individual plants, or plant in small, irregular clusters or islands. Space trees so that at maturity the crowns are 10 feet apart or more.

  • Clean: Remove fallen leaves and needles, dried grass, weeds, dead branches, and other dead vegetation. Check gutters, roof, eaves, vents and chimney for leaf and needle litter.  Rake fallen leaves, then compost or remove.  

  • Green:  Properly irrigated plants remain healthy and green summer through fall.  Check your irrigation system regularly for leaks or malfunctions. 

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National Ladder Safety Month 2021

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The fifth annual National Ladder Safety Month presented by American Ladder Institute (ALI) focuses on five key themes this March, ensuring organizations and individuals have the tools they need to use ladders safety at work and at home.

Week One: Choosing Your Ladder – Every ladder is not suited for every task. Always take into consideration the work environment, height of your task, and the ladder's duty rating. 

Week Two: Safety Before the First Step – Always take time to properly inspect your ladder before use and set it up correctly. 

Week Three: Safety While Climbing –Maintain three points of contact and use accessories to carry tools and keep your hands free for climbing. 

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Water Incident Report - February 27th, 2021

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At 10:15pm on February 27th Fireboat Liberty, Fireboat Tiburon, M1, 1583, T4, R9, B3, and H32 were dispatched to a reported person in the water in the area of Spinnaker Restaurant in Richardson Bay.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and launched one of their resources to assist.

Fireboat Liberty quickly responded and initiated a search in the area locating one person in the water after an approximately 10 minute search. The individual was cold but no other injuries were reported and all units with the exception of Fireboat Liberty and Fireboat Tiburon remained on scene. The quick actions of the crew on Fireboat Liberty saved the individual from what would have been an unfortunate outcome as the individual was not wearing a personal floatation device.

Southern Marin Fire District would like to stress the importance of wearing a personal floatation device while out on the water.

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Paved Fuel Reduction Dates For March 2021

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

 

With your continued support, we have removed more than 7,100 tons of flammable vegetation from Southern Marin and Mill Valley right of ways and private property. This has not only improved emergency response times, but it has also reduced the number of power outages during winter storms. 

 

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Swearing In and Badge Pinning - February 24, 2021

SMFD Swears in BC Jason Golden and Mill Fire Fire Captain Zach Sweeney

On February 11, 2021 Chief Tubbs announced the promotion of Zach Sweeney to the rank of Captain. Zach Sweeney will be filling the vacancy created by the promotion of Southern Marin Fire District Battalion Chief Golden. 

The Captain position plays a vital role in our community. They are our direct connection with the local neighborhood and truly are our front-line ambassadors. The Captain plays an integral role to the fire station and emergency operations. They often respond as a single resource to their crew. We trust them in ensuring our values and mission are carried out to the highest standards possible. Our community will not call for our services if they do not trust and respect us. It's a heavy mantel to bare. 

Captains are responsible for the safety of their crew and that is why training is so critical. They are also the first line of defense with regards to safety and the overall health culture in the fire stations.

Zach Sweeney was hired by the City of Mill Valley in 2013, and after a multiple step evaluation process, he was selected to fill the vacant captain's position. Zach will be a Captain at Station 9 for C-Shift. 

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Gusty North-Northeastern Winds Return - February 22, 2021

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Increasing winds with stronger gusts are expected Tuesday night over the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills. By Wednesday, the system will drop into Southern Utah and as it strengthens will further increase winds over Coastal California. Strong winds gusts can be expected at higher elevations of the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills on Wednesday, potentially even reaching the Santa Cruz Mountains by Wednesday evening. Winds are expected to be from 20 to 35 mph with gusts from 45 to 55 mph, though locally higher gusts are possible.

As the system moves eastward, winds are forecast to subside Thursday morning. Additional gusty offshore winds possible over the weekend. Drier conditions will be present with these offshore winds, but with recent rains, fire concerns remain low at this time.

Strong wind gusts could cause limbs/trees to topple and result in potential power outages. Temporary outdoor structures (i.e. medical tents) should be secured, especially if on the downwind side of nearby mountains.

If you come across a downed power line, stay away from it and call 911.   In the event of a power outage, information on the outage can be obtained at  (800) 743-5002 and dial 9-1-1.

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Fire Incident Report and Battery Safety - February 22, 2021

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Fire Incident Report:

Over the weekend, a small structure fire occurred in Mill Valley at a 3-story residential home. Southern Marin Fire District, Marin County Fire and Tiburon Fire units were dispatched to the First Alarm Fire and were able to contain the fire to the room of origin.

Due to the quick action of E4 crew and 1583, the fire did not spread to any other part of the home. We are happy to report there were no injuries and the family evacuated safely. Thank you to all our partners for your support.

The cause of fire was determined to be a bag in the closet that had lithium ion batteries. Resident reported flames coming out of the batteries. A further investigation will be determined if needed. Southern Marin Fire District wants to encourage residents to properly recycle their used household batteries, compact fluorescent lamps, and fluorescent tubes.

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Fire Sprinkler Recall - VK457

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If you had a fire sprinkler system installed in your house between January 2013 and March 2015, your fire sprinkler heads may be defective.

To Identify the type of sprinklers you have, look on the deflector plate pictured above and read the sprinkler head type. If labeled VK457, please contact a sprinkler contractor to have them replaced. Also, an easy way to check which type of sprinkler is in your house, locate the spare sprinkler head box which should be located in your garage or storage area, as well as review your fire sprinkler plan.

For settlement information, please visit: https://www.vk457sprinklersettlement.com/

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More Rain Headed Our Way - February 1, 2021

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A cold front is forecast to spread rain from north to south across the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast between midday Monday and late Tuesday. Rainfall rates are forecast to be mostly light to moderate. Rainfall amounts with this system will be considerably less than what fell during the recent atmospheric river event, especially across the south, and so rain is expected to be mostly beneficial. Rain totals at lower elevations, including all urban areas, through late Tuesday are forecast to range from 0.25-1.00”, except locally up to 1.50” in the North Bay Valleys. At higher elevations, rain totals are expected to range from 0.50-1.50” except locally up to 2 inches in the North Bay Mountains. Locally gusty winds will precede the frontal boundary on Monday and Monday night, mainly near the coast and in the hills where gusts up to 40 mph are possible. Showers will taper off on Tuesday night, with a few showers possible across the south into Wednesday.

Remember to:⁠ ⁠

◾Use extra caution & always have your headlights on.

◾Before you depart, check your tires.

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Winter Heater Safety Tips

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Did you know? Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other time of the year. Follow these general heating tips to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this winter season:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles.

  • Never use an oven to heat your home.

  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

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Winter Storm Update - January 25, 2021

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A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from January 26, 4:00 PM until January 28, 4:00 PM, and a High Wind Watch is in effect from January 26, 7:00 PM until January 27, 10:00 AM.

A moderate "atmospheric river" will impact the region Tuesday through Thursday bringing prolonged periods of moderate to heavy rain along with gusty south winds. The brunt of the storm is forecast to occur between Tuesday evening through Wednesday.

Impacts from the heavy rains may include rapid ponding of water in urban areas, and low lying areas with poor drainage, as well as slides or wash outs in areas of steep terrain.

Impacts from the high winds include fallen trees and power lines, resulting in widespread power outages are possible and road closures. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. 

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Winter Storm Watch Through End Of January

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Winter storms are coming! A series of storm systems will impact the region through the next several days. The first two systems will bring generally beneficial light to locally moderate rainfall. Roadways will be extra slick after the recent dry stretch. In addition, cooler air accompanying these systems will bring some cold overnight lows (especially Monday night) and lowering snow levels. Light snow accumulations are possible at higher elevations.

A third stronger system arrives mid week next week and will cause an array of hazards. Heavy rainfall accumulation and periods of potentially intense rain rates will likely result in an increased risk of mudslides over steep terrain, debris flow over wildfire burn scars, as well as localized ponding of water in low lying or poorly drained areas, such as freeway ramps.

In addition, gusty winds will accompany the arrival of this storm system which may topple trees or power lines. Here are some primary storm related items to be aware of and quick solutions:

-Debris flow concerns for wildfire burn scars, particularly the CZU and Monterey burn scars. Now is the time to review your to-go bag, evacuation map and stay informed with emergency alerts.

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Smoke and Traffic Advisory - 1/21/21

Per Marin County Sheriff's Office for Thursday, January 21st, 2021:

There may be smoke in the air for approximately 7 hours. Travelers in the Stinson Beach and Bolinas area may see smoke in the air or experience slowing traffic. This is a controlled burn conducted under a burn permit issued by Marin County Fire Department. Do not call 911 to report.

Read more at https://www.marincounty.org/depts/fr

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What To Do When There Is Storm Damage Or Related Outage

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Handling Wind Damage Across PG&E’s Service Area

 

· Never touch downed wires: If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.

 

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Emergency Alerts and Warning Systems Information

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Register To Receive Evacuation Notices & Fire Information

During wildfires, Southern Marin residents should be prepared to monitor multiple sources for fire and life safety information.  Emergency managers will use several methods to distribute fire information: Alert Marin, Nixle, Social Media, local TV and radio, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and NextDoor) are the primary outlets.  Don't neglect to use your own senses - look, listen, and smell for signs of fire and changing conditions!

 

 

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Gusty offshore winds and building waves for MLK Weekend

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The Bay Area and Central Coast will be impacted by high surf and developing offshore winds over the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Winds are expected to pick up on Sunday night with the strongest gusts over the North Bay Mountains and the East Bay Hills. Some higher elevations may experience gusts above 50 mph that night with some windy conditions lingering into Martin Luther King Day. Winds look to weaken into the afternoon but some areas could remain breezy. Winds are set to strengthen again Monday night with a potential for even stronger gusts. There is currently low confidence in the timing of the peak winds but confidence should increase over the coming days. Early season rains have increased fuel moisture lessening the impact of gusty offshore flow. However, one should still remain fire weather aware. The seasonably warm temperatures will likely bring visitors to the beach, but beach goers should use caution as hazardous conditions are expected with building surf, sneaker waves, and increased rip currents Friday and Saturday. If you see a downed power line due to the high winds or experience any emergency, call 9-1-1. Southern Marin Fire District is standing by.

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TAM VALLEY SOUTHERN FUEL BREAK | SECOND PHASE MEETING

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District was awarded a CAL FIRE grant for the Tam Valley Southern Fuel Break. This is a three year project to develop a shaded fuel break along a four mile section of Tamalpais Valley for those homes on property adjacent to open spaces, including National Park Service property. 

 

Our proposed next phase of this project includes Marinview on the border of National Park Service property as well as Forest Way. During this meeting, we reviewed the detailed proposal of the shaded fuel break and residents had the opportunity to ask questions.

 

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January Is Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month!

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Research shows that fire fighters are more likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer than the general public – a trend that fire service organizations hope to reduce. Southern Marin Fire Protection District, an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) are partnering to deliver targeted education about best practices and resources to prevent and reduce cancer among fire fighters during Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month in January. 

 

The month-long campaign includes safety stand downs, training briefs and a focus on prevention and mitigation, including the scope of the cancer in the fire service, best practices for prevention and skills to help survivors of occupational cancer. 

 

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News Release: Follow-up To Yesterday's Water Rescue

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SAUSALITO, CA (1/7/2021) — The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) responded to a call yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 pm, with CHP H-30, the National Parks Service, and the United States Coast Guard to a report of two surfers who were in distress at Rodeo Beach.

As H-30 arrived at the scene the crew was directed to the north end of the beach where the two surfers had climbed onto the base of the cliff. CHP H-30 lowered a CHP Flight Officer/Paramedic to the scene and hoisted each of the surfers approximately 75 feet to the helicopter. The surfers were flown from the scene and lowered to waiting Southern Marin Fire District paramedics.

Neither surfer was injured during this incident and were released at the scene after being medically evaluated by Southern Marin Fire District Paramedics.

Due to this season's powerful currents and swells, there has been extra activity throughout the central coast for water rescues and sadly too many fatalities. The seas are expected to build throughout the week and continue to produce very dangerous beach conditions.

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Fire Safe Resolutions

Happy New Year 2021

The New Year is upon us, which means time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Why not make improved fire safety one of your resolutions? After all, this is the sort of resolution that will benefit you and your family. Here are a few Fire Safety Resolutions you can make with your friends and family this year.

 

Fire Safety Resolution Number 1: Have a game plan. 

Your plan of action needs to include a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household knows where the proper exits are in case of fire. There should also be a designated place to meet outside the home, in a safe area. 

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King Tides for January 11-12, 2021

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Date 	Day	Time	Pred(Ft)	High/Low1/1/2021	Fri	12:17 PM	6.02	H1/8/2021	Fri	6:59 AM	6.19	H1/9/2021	Sat	7:47 AM	6.48	H1/10/2021	Sun	8:35 AM	6.7	H1/11/2021	Mon	9:24 AM	6.81	H1/12/2021	Tue	10:12 AM	6.8	H1/13/2021	Wed	11:00 AM	6.66	H1/14/2021	Thu	11:47 AM	6.4	H1/15/2021	Fri	12:32 PM	6.01	H1/26/2021	Tue	9:21 AM	6.07	H1/27/2021	Wed	10:03 AM	6.21	H1/28/2021	Thu	10:45 AM	6.29	H1/29/2021	Fri	11:27 AM	6.26	H1/30/2021	Sat	12:11 PM	6.09	H

Living near the ocean we get to enjoy the many things that it has to offer, but we also have to deal with the issues it can bring. One of these issues are the occasionally higher than normal tides, sometimes referred to as “King” Tides. However, as opposed to other natural issues, we know when these high tides will occur far in advance. Check out these expected high tides in the coming month that may impact traffic and parking in flood-prone areas, especially during winter weather. Take note so you don’t end up getting wet by surprise.

Community members should be aware of the following High Tides that may impact low-lying areas in Southern Marin:

1/8/2021Fri6:59 AM6.19H
1/9/2021Sat7:47 AM6.48H
1/10/2021Sun8:35 AM6.7H
1/11/2021Mon9:24 AM6.81H
1/12/2021Tue10:12 AM6.8H
1/13/2021Wed11:00 AM6.66H
1/14/2021Thu11:47 AM6.4H

 

Some Tips to Prepare for Flooding:

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How To Recycle Christmas Trees After the Holidays

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After Christmas, it’s important to get rid of the tree or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Also, bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer. 

 

If you have a live tree and are looking to have it composted:

Click here for a list of 2020-21 curbside collection and drop-off options.

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How To Stay Fire-Safe This Holiday Season

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Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

 

Holiday decorating

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

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RSVP To Our Monthly Board Meeting on Wed, 12/16 at 7pm PST

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Join us on December 16th at 7pm, via Zoom for our Monthly Public Board Meeting. Learn what is going on in the District from Southern Marin Fire and our Board of Directors, as well as how your tax dollars are being spent. 


Download December's Board Packet containing the Zoom Link and learn about the 2021 Board Meeting Calendar by visiting our website here.

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Storm Outlook - 2020/21

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Although the Southern Marin Fire Protection District remains hyper focused on seeing fire season through to a safe conclusion, we are also focused on our next season threats.  Evaluating information forecasted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration we are able to develop plans and information to prepare our staff and community for the coming wet season.  

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the North, thanks in part to an ongoing La Nina. Forecasters are also closely monitoring persistent drought during the winter months ahead, with more than 45% of the continental U.S. now experiencing drought.

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Surf Advisory 12/9

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"Sadly we have tragic accidents because people don't understand and appreciate the power of the ocean," said Southern Marin Fire Battalion Chief Matt Bouchard.

Tragedy was averted Tuesday off the Marin Headlands, where 25 foot waves were breaking 16 seconds apart. A mayday call came in, from two people on a jet ski in distress. They had been towing surfers offshore to an area known as the Potato Patch when the tow rope tangled in the jet ski propulsion. Adrift for 90 minutes, they were perilously close to the surf zone when they were spotted and rescued.

As a reminder, there's a surf advisory in place. Please never turn your back to the ocean as these waves are powerful and strong. Remain away from the water and stay off coastal jetties. 

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Tam Valley Southern Fuel Break | First Phase Meeting

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District was awarded a CAL FIRE grant for the Tam Valley Southern Fuel Break. This is a three year project to develop a shaded fuel break along a four mile section of Tamalpais Valley for those homes on property adjacent to open spaces, including National Park Service property. 

The first phase of this project is planned on the Fernwood Cemetery property adjacent to Tennessee Valley Road and behind homes off Tennessee Glen Way, the east side of Tennessee Valley Road, and Headlands Avenue. 

During this meeting, we will review the overall project and answer any questions regarding the first phase. 

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Annual Fire Department Toy Drive

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Our Annual Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive is here spreading holiday cheer to deserving children ages 0-18 in our community. This year has been especially hard on families and your donations of new, unwrapped gifts are graciously accepted at one of our firehouses listed below. 

From now until December 18th, please ring the doorbell during business hours of 8am-5pm, and one of our firefighters will be notified you have left a gift in the bin or on the doorstep. Due to Covid-19, we ask you to please protect our firefighters by wearing a mask and adhere to social distant guidelines put forth by the County of Marin and CDC. If you do not feel well, please refrain from dropping off your item and stay at home. 

Thank you to our partners: Sausalito Marin City School District, Mill Valley School District, Tam High Rotary Interact Club, Mill Valley Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Department.

Locations:
Fire Station 1 - 333 Johnson Street, Sausalito
Fire Station 4 - 309 Poplar Ave, Tam Valley
Fire Station 9 - 308 Reed Blvd, Strawberry

Thank you to everyone making this a fire-safe season. Happy Holidays!

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King Tides For December 13-15

King Tides December 11 through December 18

Community members should be aware of the following High Tides that may impact low-lying areas in Southern Marin:

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Christmas Tree Safety

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As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

 

Picking the tree

• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

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Controlled Burn on Marin Open Space 12/2/20

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Marin County Fire Department will be pile burning on Marin County Open Space today from 10am to 2pm. All piles will be extinguished by 2pm.

Date: Dec 2, 2020

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: Overhill at Escalon Fire Gate

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King Tides Are Back This Friday 11/13/20

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Upcoming High Tides

Living near the ocean we get to enjoy the many things that it has to offer, but we also have to deal with the issues it can bring. One of these issues are the occasionally higher than normal tides, sometimes referred to as “King” Tides. However, as opposed to other natural issues, we know when these high tides will occur far in advance.Check out these expected high tides in the coming month that may impact traffic and parking in flood-prone areas, especially during winter weather. Take note so you don’t end up getting wet by surprise.

What causes sea level rise, and what do King Tides have to do with it?

The sea level rise we're experiencing now and will experience in the future is caused by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere acts like a blanket, trapping in heat that would otherwise escape. When we burn fossil fuels, we're adding more carbon dioxide, "thickening the blanket" and warming the planet and ocean. Sea level is rising because land-based glaciers and ice sheets are melting into the ocean and also because water expands in volume when it warms. The amount of sea level rise we will ultimately experience will depend on how quickly we stop burning fossil fuels.

King Tides themselves are not caused by sea level rise, but allow us to experience what higher sea level will be like. King Tides are the highest high tides of the year, about a foot or two higher than average tides, which corresponds to the one to two foot rise in sea level expected during the next few decades. When you observe the King Tides, imagine seeing these tides (and the flooded streets, beaches, and wetlands) every day. Understanding what a King Tide looks like today will help us plan for sea level rise in the future.

Southern Marin Fire District strongly encourages residents in low-lying areas to prepare for all upcoming high tide events.

Please click here for more information on flooding and storm preparedness.

Do You Live in a Flood Zone?

Do you live in a FEMA designated flood zone? Check out the FEMA Flood Map to find out. Or go to the City's Floodplain Management page for more information.

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News Release - Follow-up to This Past Weekend's Demonstrations


 

SAUSALITO, CA (11/2/2020)  — The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) has been made aware of a political demonstration in Sonoma and Marin Counties this weekend. During this demonstration, a non-SMFD, privately-owned fire engine participated in the event. This engine is not associated with the Fire Service in Marin County in any way.

We would also like to assert that participation in these types of political demonstrations do NOT align with our core services and mission. SMFD does not condone, nor tolerate, acts of intimidation or threatening behavior. 

Our mission is to contribute to the greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

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Fall Back - Test Your Smoke Alarms When You Turn Back the Clocks

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California goes off daylight saving time at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. To mark the occasion, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District recommends that you remember to "turn and test," i.e. test your smoke alarms at the same time that you turn your clocks. This will ensure that you check your smoke alarms at least twice per year, when we "spring forward" and "fall back."

A smoke alarm is an inexpensive way to protect your family from smoke and fire injuries, but you must take the time to test it to ensure that it is working properly. A properly functioning smoke alarm doubles your chance of surviving a fire by warning you of a dangerous situation before it is too late.

For minimum coverage, have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, hallways outside every bedroom, and in every sleeping area. You can also add alarms to the top and bottom of all stairways and often-forgotten places such as basements, attics, utility rooms, and garages. 

Almost all smoke alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Most alarms also have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power. Please note that smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. If you purchased your smoke alarms on or before November 2010, it is a good idea to replace them to make sure they are in working condition.

SAFETY TIPS 
Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
 
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
 
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
 
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
 
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use 0special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
 
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
 
FACTS
• A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 
• Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level. Smoke alarms should
be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection. 
• Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.
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Updated Event Info - RED FLAG/PSPS/WIND - Sunday 10/25 Thru Tuesday 10/27

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Extreme fire weather conditions are expected today through Monday as strong winds develop over the region. Now is the time to prepare for wind and wildfire impacts - including power outages. Even if your home is not in the PSPS range, high winds may knock out power in your neighborhood. 
Please take a moment to review and prepare for the forecast conditions and potential impacts listed below.
 
Red Flag Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from October 25, 8:00 PM until Tuesday, October 27 at 5 PM. Forecasters predict a significant offshore wind event, likely the strongest of the year, that will develop over the region on Sunday and peak Sunday night into early Monday morning. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking.  Learn more.
Preparedness Resources
Assemble a "Grab and Go" bag for yourself, your family, and your pets.
High Winds
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory from October 25, 4:00 PM until October 26, 11:00 AM. Strong winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Strong winds will have the potential to bring down trees and branches across the region. Any temporary structures such as tents and scaffolding will be compromised.
Public Safety Power Shutoff
PG&E has announced a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff for our area beginning around 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 25 with an estimated restoration date of late Monday, October 26 or early Tuesday October 27. 
 
Community Resource Center Information:
>Old Mill Elementary School
352 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 94941
Date Open: 10/25/2020
Date Closed: To Be Announced
Hours Open:
Sunday: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
Monday: 8:00AM - 10PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - Restoration
Location Type: Outdoor
Available Resources: Snacks and water, Device charging, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi
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>Marin City Health and Wellness Center
630 Drake Ave, Marin City, 94965
Date Open: 10/25/2020
Date Closed: To Be Announced
Hours Open:
Hours:  3:00PM - 10:00PM
Location Type: Outdoor
Available Resources: Snacks and water, Device charging, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi
 
Questions? The County of Marin has implemented a new call center to answer your questions about the Marin County PSPS. All calls should be directed to the call center. PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 unless you have an emergency. The call center can be reached by calling (415) 473-7191 and pressing 3. The call center will be staffed today (Sunday) from 3:30PM to 10PM. It will reopen tomorrow (Monday) morning at 9:30AM
Preparedness Resources:
Find out how you may be impacted - PG&E PSPS Update Page
Sign Up for Public Safety Alerts
Check out this resource page for all the ways we can get in touch with you with information and updates.
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Fire Weather Watch vs Red Flag Warning - What's The Difference?

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Fire Weather Watch vs Red Flag Warning -- what's the difference?

 

A Fire Weather Watch is issued several days before an event that may produce critical fire weather conditions.

 

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Emergency Response Drill - Save The Date 11/1

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 10:00 AM  

NRG COMMUNITY EMERGENCY DRILL 

Southern Marin Fire Protection District strongly supports the work of the Tamalpais  Valley Neighborhood Response Group (NRG) Network to organize the community and  strengthen social cohesion in order to improve outcomes in response to disasters and  emergencies such as large-scale earthquakes, wildfires, flooding and even PSPS’s. 

Research shows that preparation and practice are key to increasing resiliency and  surviving emergencies, and that community drills are an essential component this  preparation. 

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Save The Date - Vegetation Management Program 10/19/20

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Paved road clearing consists of trimming tree branches over roadways, limbing up tree branches off of the ground, removing ladder fuels and encroaching vegetation from roadsides and sidewalks and the clearing of vegetation around fire hydrants. The benefit for this clearing is to allow for a safe and efficient response by emergency personnel. 

The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to a Sausalito  neighborhood soon with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets. The focus of the Vegetation Management Program in your neighborhood includes:
  • Pruning trees to maintain emergency vehicle access
  • Removal of all flammable and encroaching vegetation from roadsides and sidewalks
  • Evaluation of designated parking spots
  • Clearing of vegetation around fire hydrants
  • Any trees identified as dead or dying will be designated for removal with a red dot.
Please do not pile any vegetation on the roadside for pick up. This project is for street clearing ONLY.

The following streets located in Sausalito are scheduled for vegetation maintenance starting on or around October 19, 2020:
Napa Street
Pine Street
Platt Avenue
Rose Court
Toyon Court
Toyon Lane
Turney Street
Vista Clara Road
Woodward Avenue
Wray Avenue
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Fire Prevention Week - Evacuation Plan

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Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.  
 

Escape Planning Tips:

  • Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® requires interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.
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Join Us For The Great ShakeOut

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The Great ShakeOut is the world’s largest Earthquake drill! Each year, on the third Thursday in October (this year it’s October 15th), participants all over the world use this opportunity to practice what they would do in case an earthquake occurred suddenly: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!  

 

Why Drop, Cover, and Hold On?

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

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Fire Prevention Week - Cooking With Kids

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Do you like helping out in the kitchen and cooking up tasty snacks for your friends and family? Preparing yummy treats can be lots of fun, but it's important that kids who like to cook know how to be safe in the kitchen. These tips can help you figure out what you're old enough to do on your own—and when it's time to ask an adult for help.

Getting Started: Before you get cooking, you need to get a grown-up’s permission. If you plan to use a recipe, look it over with a grown-up first to decide what you can do on your own and what you need help with. And once you get started, never be afraid to ask for help. Even the best chefs rely on their assistants to help them out in the kitchen.

Helping Out is Fun: From mixing up cake batter to cutting shapes out of cookie dough, helping out a grownup in the kitchen can be lots of fun. So if you're not old enough yet to cook on your own, not to worry; being the chef's helper is the most important job in the kitchen.

Cooking for All Ages: All kids are different—and a grown-up should always decide what is safe for you to do in the kitchen—but here are some guidelines that you can use.

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Fire Prevention Week - How To Teach Fire Safety

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Parents, Caregivers & Teachers - Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. This year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM (FPW) campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!TM”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Did you know children younger than 5 years old are at the highest risk for burn injuries? Burn injuries in young children most frequently occur from contact burns that result from touching a hot object, such as a stove top or an iron. Young children also experience a high number of burns from hot liquids (scalds), such as hot coffee, soup, or boiling water.

Introduce Fire Prevention Week to students, your family, or your community through fun, interactive lessons and activities for all ages. Here are a few interactive PDF's that are really helpful:
Family Cooking Checklist
Kid-Free Zone Coloring Activity
Home Fire Escape Plan 
Flat Sparky Coloring Sheet
Hot or Not Activity Sheet
Interactive Hot or Not Sorting Sheet
Teacher's 5 Day Lesson Plan
Teacher's Stay Away From Hot Things Guide
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Fire Prevention Week - Cooking Safely Tips

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Did you know, cooking equipment causes 49% of all U.S. home fires, 21% of the home fire deaths, and 45% of the injuries, on average each year. Before you serve a meal, it’s essential to serve up fire safety in the kitchen. There’s nothing like spending time in the kitchen cooking a delicious meal for family and friends or an appetizing treat for yourself. But do you know the important steps to take long before anyone takes the first bite?

Cook with Caution:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

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As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Southern Marin Fire District reminds residents: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

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The Southern Marin Fire District is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about  simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.” 

 The Southern Marin Fire District encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

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Statewide Flex Alert issued from 3 to 10 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2020

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The Flex Alert, called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), has been issued for Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. With high temperatures in the forecast, the grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use. Reduced capacity, along with fire activity and heat, has led to a potential shortage of energy supply tomorrow evening, CAISO says.

 

Here are five ways PG&E customers can cut their power use and help keep the lights (and air conditioning) on for everyone:

 

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Fire Report - 9/29

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A team of Southern Marin Firefighters have been dispatched to help fight the spread of the Glass Fire in Northern California. Despite the fire activity, your fire stations remain fully staffed and are prepared to respond to all calls for service throughout Southern Marin.

 

As a reminder, we want to stress the importance of preparing in case of an emergency evacuation. Preparations will make all the difference and NOW is the time to be ready. Here are a few ways to prepare and stay informed:

-Pack your go-bag 

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Event: Southern Marin Town Hall focused on Climate & Fire Preparedness

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Join Senator Mike McGuire, Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber, and Southern Marin Fire Protection District Chief Chris Tubbs on September 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a critical community meeting on our climate and the growing size and scope of California’s wildfires.

 

When: September 30, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Southern Marin Climate & Fire Preparedness Town Hall

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Event: FIRESafe Marin Webinar | Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness

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This month, learn how to organize your local community for fire preparedness! For this free webinar, you'll be joined by John Hansen, FIRESafe Marin Firewise Liaison, and Belle Cole, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority's Ecologically Sound Practices Steering Committee member. Topics will include Marin's participation in Firewise USA and a Marin partnership to maintain landscapes that are both fire-smart and ecologically sound.

 

When: September 29, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness

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PG&E Launches Portable Battery Program for Income Qualifying Customers

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Program Gives 10,500 Income Qualified Customers Enrolled in Medical Baseline Access to Portable Batteries for Use During PSPS Events 

As fire season is upon us and the uncertainty of the pandemic continues to unfold, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is launching a program to further enhance safety when the power goes out for customers that depend on life saving medical equipment. 

The program is available before, during, and after Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events when PG&E needs to turn off power during severe weather for public safety to prevent wildfires. 

PG&E’s Portable Battery Program (PBP) provides no-cost backup portable batteries for eligible income-qualified customers who live in high fire-threat districts (HFTD) and are enrolled in the Medical Baseline program. Additional eligibility requirements include a reliance on medical equipment that operates on electricity to sustain life. Working in coordination with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), PG&E has identified approximately 10,500 customers who could qualify for this program. 

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Public Safety Power Shutoff Notifications- Here's What You Need To Know

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New This Year - Detailed PSPS Notifications to Customers with New Watch and Warning Notifications

 

As Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to improve vital safety communications for customers that will be used before turning off power to prevent wildfires during severe weather, the company has enhanced its notifications to provide more detail about when power is expected to go out, when it may be restored and where customers can go to find additional information. 

 

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Ways To Protect Your Home During Wildfire Season

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Time to prepare your home for wildfire season. Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Vlley Fire Department have been performing defensible inspections, and based on more extreme fire incidents we are asking residents to do more than in the past. Together, we will work to protect your homes and keep our community safe.
Here are a few ways to protect your home:
1) Cut Dry Grass and Brush - cut your dry grass and brush back 19ft from roads, driveways, and your neighbors' property line, 30ft from your home, and up to 150ft if your home is affected by steep slopes.
2) Trim Back Branches - remove branches that are smaller than three inches in diameter that are within 10ft of the structure's roof or chimney.
3) Clear Out Dead Debris - clean out any build-up of dead leaves or pine needles from gutters, decks, roofs, and exterior stairways. Maintain the clearing throughout wildfire season.
4) Remove Dead Vegetation - remove all dead vegetation from the property, including leaves and tree droppings, grasses, bushes, shrubs, and trees. Please remove dead vegetation from within bushes, shrubs, and trees.
5) Limb Up Trees - limb up trees by cutting low hanging branches 10ft from the ground and cutting branches from other trees and shrubs to create adequate spacing.
6) Make Your Address Visible - ensure your address numbers are clearly visible from the road. Placards with contrasting bright color and reflective font. To order a placard, please visit www.smfd.org
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Spare The Air Alert from 9/14 - 9/16

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⚠️Spare The Air Alert is in effect until Wednesday, 16th due to the smoke particles in the air which will continue to cause unhealthy air quality conditions. Please take these precautions throughout the next few days:

1) Stay inside with your windows shut.

2) Limit outdoor activity but if you leave, wear a mask.

3) Be prepared for an evacuation by preparing your emergency kit.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SAFETY STAND DOWN: PART 5

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In the old days, firefighters' coping methods after a heartbreaking or difficult call were gallows humor, denial and alcohol. The overwhelming evidence is clear: Those strategies don't work for everyone.  

Firefighters feel most comfortable talking with their peers -- individuals who share their experiences. That makes the firehouse the perfect place to engage in injury prevention. 

If someone opens up at the kitchen table about a bad call or a difficult experience, don't shout them down. Help them down. And don't be afraid to relate your own experiences and concerns.

Knowing that they're not alone can be the best thing for a brother or sister at risk. 

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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SAFETY STAND DOWN: PART 4

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If someone you know is in crisis, it's important to know how they can find help. Resources are available, either through your department or through resources geared toward the needs of front line firefighters:

  • Peer support

  • Suicide intervention

  • Employee Assistance Programs

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Marin Air Quality Impacted By California Fires - 9/9/20

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Ominous orange skies are looming over Southern Marin. SMFD is here to remind you that due to the heavy smoke and falling ash from several of the California fires, please take note of these safety reminders:

-Stay indoors to avoid breathing the air.

-Wear a mask if you leave your home.

-Drive with your headlights on, slow down, and avoid distractions.

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 3

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The COVID-19 outbreak has introduced a new and unsettling anxiety to an already stressful and demanding job. Here are some good steps to maintain good mental health:

-Get enough sleep (recommend meditation and sleeping apps)

-Participate in regular physical activity 

-Eat healthy 

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 2

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If one of your fellow firefighters went down in the middle of an active fire, you'd go in to get them out, right? So why not help get them out of an emotional injury?

It starts with awareness. If you see the warning signs of a fellow firefighter  in distress, letting it go shouldn't be an option.

-Be direct: Be proactive and approach someone when you've seen them exhibiting some of the warning signs or appear to be in crisis.

-Listen: Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment, if it appears they are in crisis, do not leave them alone.

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 1

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Since firefighters spend long shifts together -- either on the lines or in the station -- they have a special view when one of their brothers or sisters is having trouble. Here are some common signs and symptoms of someone who may be struggling:

-Changes in eating habits such as overeating or a loss of appetite

-Overly worried, even about smaller thing

-Inability to concentrate, memory recall issues, or the inability to think clearly

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down Week: September 7-11, 2020

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September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and it is critical, now more than ever, to bring awareness that Southern Marin Fire District is participating along side fellow California fire stations in the Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down. During the week of September 7th through September 11th fire agencies across the state will be setting aside time to conduct exercises and initiate the conversation on mental wellness. 

A firefighter you know could be suffering in silence and your participation in the Suicide Awareness Safety Stand Down could save a life.  It’s time we break the stigma, together. 

Southern Marin Fire District will be sharing a 5-part series from September 7th through 11th in hope to bring suicide awareness to focus. Internally, SMFD will discuss the impact of the job, how to give and get help, and where to go for resources. Together we can help end the stigma that our brothers and sisters are not alone.

Here are a few different key topics that will be discussed:

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The Heat Advisory Alert from 8:00 am 9/5 through 9:00 pm 9/6

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The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Labor Day Weekend as temperatures for interior locations will be in the upper 90s and into the 100s. This heat advisory is set for this weekend, Saturday 8:00am through Sunday 9:00pm. High pressure builds over the Bay Area and Central Coast through the week, making it hot and dry, increasing the risk for wildfires.

Here are a few tips to be prepared:

  • Ensure that all dead or dying grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches, leaves, weeds and pine needles are removed within 30 feet of all structures or to the property line.
  • Practice safe grilling techniques and place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Limit outdoor strenuous activities during the hottest time of the day.
  • Don't not leave kids or pets in vehicles.
  • Stay in air conditioned areas.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Extra care for seniors, pets, vegetation, and livestock.
  • When at the coast beware of rip currents.

For more information on community safety, visit: Safety Education Website

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Have questions about fire evacuation?

Have questions about fire evacuation? As we all know our fire season is off to a start. Our primary concern for citizens of Southern Marin is how to prepare you if ordered to evacuate. This video will be beneficial in helping you and your family stay safe during a wildfire evacuation.

The FireSafe webinar series is created by the members of the educational committee including representatives of the fire agencies, environmental groups, UC Marin Master Gardeners, and various subject matter experts. This project is funded by the new Marin WildFire Prevention Authority. Designed to help you understand and prepare for the threat of a wild fire here in Marin. When we all do our part, we can help minimize risk and save lives as well as property.

This webinar of “Evacuation & Warnings – How To Survive a Wildfire“ will cover the following:

  • Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness
  • How Wildfires Burn
  • Home Hardening
  • Open Space Vegetation Management
  • Zone Zero - critical first 5ft around your home
  • Fire Smart Landscaping
  • Creating Defensible Space; Zones 1,2,and 3
  • Environmental Best Practices
  • Fire Insurance: Are You Covered?

For more information about how you can prepare, please visit southernmarinfire.org or cityofmillvalley.org/fire

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Alerts and warnings – what you need to know

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Alerts and warnings – what you need to know.

Amergency Alerts Video: CLICK HERE

Notifications during an emergency are essential to a successful evacuation.  We use a number of tools to communicate with residents during an emergency.  In this article we are discussing  Alert Marin and Nixle.  

Alert Marin notifications are sent to your phone(s) or email only when action needs to be taken at a specific address (unlike Nixle safety alerts). Keep reading to learn about the differences between Alert Marin & Nixle.

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Fire Season – Well underway!

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Fire Season – Well underway!

The Mill Valley Fire Department and the Southern Marin Fire Protection District are actively assisting other communities throughout California, while still remaining vigilant on the home front with 100% of our stations staffed.  We currently have engines and staff committed to:

  • Santa Clara Lightning Complex
  • Woodward Fire – Marin Coast
  • Butte Lightning Complex

As we navigate an increase in number and duration of Red Flag Warnings, we have added equipment and staffing commensurate with the risks to protect our community first.  We have also prioritized helping our neighbors, because we understand that help will come back to our community when we are in need. 

Navigating a fire season means that we do it together.  Your fire department working hand in hand with neighborhoods to prepare for the worst-case scenario.  This link provides excellent information regarding evacuation from your home/neighborhood, locations of your community refuge areas and assistance with a communications plan.  Remember, if you move slower these days due to injury or advanced age, it is ok to pre evacuate until Red Flag (high fire danger) weather resolved. 

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RED FLAG WARNING

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The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, in effect from 5 AM Sunday, Aug 23 to 5 PM Monday, Aug 24. Dry lightning and gusty winds are expected. REMEMBER: a simple spark could cause a major wildfire DETAILS: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2020/fire-redflag-082220

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Free Webinar: Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm

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Due to the large number of wildfires and associated evacuations that we are experiencing, our webinar topic this month will be "Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire".  Join Todd Lando, Battalion Chief/Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist at Central Marin Fire Department, to learn how to prepare your family, and yourself, to survive and safely evacuate a wildfire. 

Our originally scheduled webinar "Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness" has been rescheduled for next month. 

 
When: August 25, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire
Join on Facebook live stream or via zoom here:
https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/j/87382415962
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SMFD Remains Prepared to Respond to Local Events

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Despite the fire activity across California your fire stations remain fully staffed. We remain  prepared to respond to all calls for service throughout Southern Marin.

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Marin Air Quality Impacted by Local Fires & Drift Smoke

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The fires burning in the North Bay will cause poor air quality for the foreseeable future. A “SPARE THE AIR ALERT” has been issued with an air quality advisory through Thursday. 

Let the smoke in the air serve as a reminder for residents to:

  • Clean your gutters and sweep your decks.
  • Clean up dry vegetation against your home.
  • Check on your neighbors to ensure that everybody can evacuation.
  • Be prepared for an evacuation warning or order, sign up at AlertMarin.org.

To help with evacuation planning, please click here for the City of Mill Valley. Know your way out.

During smoky conditions we ask that you, please do not call 911 unless you see fire.

For more information please call 415-389-4130.

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Red Flag Warning

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2020

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Board of Directors Receives SMFD WUI Hazard & Risk Assessment Report.

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At the Jul 22, 2020 Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting, Fire Marshal Fred Hilliard, and Todd Lando of XMR Consulting, presented the final Southern Marin Fire Protection District WUI Wildfire Hazard & Risk Assessment

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Funded by a CAL FIRE Forestry Grant for Planning, Consultant Todd Lando was hired by the Southern Marin Fire Protection District to conduct a comprehensive hazard and risk analysis encompassing the District and City of Sausalito, which will be used to assist the District in determining how to best allocate fiscal resources as it seeks to reduce risks from the wildfire threat, especially in the WUI areas.  

This assessment looks at current conditions and predicted trends and recommends sound long-term strategies for reducing structural ignitability, managing and reducing vegetation fuel loads on public lands and private property, and improving wildfire response and suppression capabilities within the boundaries of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

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