Fire Cloud and Tomales Bay, 1995 Mt. Vision Fire. Photo used by permission ©

Fire Cloud and Tomales Bay, 1995 Mt. Vision Fire. Photo used by permission ©

Safety Information

New Year's Day Flooding, 2006. Are you prepared? Photo ©Dave Mitchell 2006

New Year's Day Flooding, 2006. Are you prepared? Photo ©Dave Mitchell 2006

We post basic information to help residents and visitors prepare for disasters. We urge readers to check other resources listed on this website—including—and others you trust for additional information.

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)

What criteria PG&E considers in calling a PSPS, how it will notify you, how to prepare & update your contact information, how it will update you during a shutoff. Factors include: Red Flag Warning, forecasts of strong winds & wind gusts, low humidity, critically dry vegetation, real-time observations by PGE field crews. Phone calls, emails, texts 48 hours before, again at 24 hours, again just prior. More information at link above. PG&E PSPS Policies & Procedures. Marin IJ article, May 25, 2019: Marin’s Essential Services Prepare for PGE Outages (pdf) .…. Info from Marin Health & Human Services: How to Prepare, in general, and for Medical Equipment Users …. Tips from HALTER Project about animals (pdf)

Ready Marin-Disaster Preparedness & Training

A FEMA-supported website with information on how to prepare yourself, household, pets, etc., and a list of other websites with information, including FEMA's (multi-language). Information includes: CERT training; English & Spanish checklists; Get Ready/Prepárese manuals. 


FIRESafe Marin's information on the difference between Evacuation Order, Evacuation Warning, Shelter in Place, about registering for ALERT MARIN, and the evacuation process including "what-to-do" if...


Getting Ready for Winter, LA Times Tips [pdf]

Winter Readiness, More Ideas & Tips [pdf] 

Más ideas y recomendaciones para prepararnos para el invierno [pdf]

Getting Ready for Winter-Flooding [pdf]

Preparándonos para la Inundación del Invierno [pdf]

Wildfires/Incendio Forestal

FIRESafe Marin
Check this for FIRESafe's news updates & sign up for the Newsletter. Preparing Long Before a Fire Threat; Evacuation Process; If You Become Trapped (car, on foot, in your home); Returning Home; more. 

Wildfire Evacuation Checklist [pdf]

Lista de Verificación para la Evacuación del Incendio Silvestre [pdf]

Su Guía de Accíon en Caso de Incendio Forestal [pdf]

Wildfire is Coming. Are You Ready? Hardening your Home; Fire-safe Landscaping; Simple Charts on Equipment Use & Operating; Vehicles; Bark Beetle Disease; Dead Trees.

¿Qué es CalFire?

Preparedness for Farmers and Ranchers


Staying Safe When the Earth Quakes [pdf]

Earthquake Country Alliance
Statewide Public-Private-Grassroots Partnership to Improve Readiness, Mitigation, Resiliency. 

Great ShakeOut/El Gran ShakeOut (English & en Español) 

Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs 

Animal Safety 

What Do I Do with My Horse (Cat, Dog, Child, Gerbil) in Fire, Flood and/or, Earthquake? [pdf]

Marin Humane Society: Disaster Prep, Pets [pdf] 

FireSafe Marin: Evacuating Pets [pdf]

Marin Humane Society: Disaster Prep, Large & Farm Animals [pdf] 

FIRESafe Marin Large Animal Prep including Evacuation steps. nb, in re ID tags: do not use plastic because it melts and burns onto the animals; metal tags also burn. For contact info: use colored livestock markers, dark on light colored animals, vice versa.

Point Reyes Light Column, Protecting Pets [pdf]


Phone calling for help? Use 911 from landlines; 415-472-0911 from cell phones. 911 was created back when cell phones were installed in vehicles, so CHP would get the call. Today, 911 likely will go to Vallejo/CHP, slowing down the response. A 415-472-0911 call will go to the Marin Communications Center (Sheriff’s Office, San Rafael).

For emergency information [pdf]    

Are You Prepared Survey & Water Information [pdf]

Emergency Planning Checklist [pdf] 

Lista de Planificación de Emergencia [pdf]

What to take in an emergency, Marin IJ column, post-2017 North Bay fires [pdf]