Mill Valley firefighters conducting a controlled burn on Horse Hill in 2010.

You’d have to have your head pretty deep in the proverbial stand to be unaware of the dire need to focus on emergency preparedness within your community. Recent years have certainly provided us with no shortage of horrific examples of the need to be ready.

During National Preparedness Month, a federal FEMA initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time, Southern Marin Neighborhood Response Group, Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, the Mill Valley Police Department, ReadyMarin and the Mill Valley Public Library all collaborated on a five-part Emergency Preparedness Series in September.

Ready Marin is wasting no time in holding our community’s attention. The organization is launching free one-hour presentations to Marin residents, businesses and organizations. These classes can be taken in person or online, educating and encouraging all to get prepared for an emergency disaster.

The presentations require a minimum of 20 group members to participate.

Class presentations will be tailored to match the group’s needs including languages spoken in English and Spanish. Class curriculum includes: understanding types of emergency alerts, making an emergency plan, and gathering essential supplies.

The launch of the classes will be promoted on the newly redesigned website and various social media channels. The site has clear and concise information on preparing for all the natural disasters that Marin County is subject to.

“We want to make Emergency Preparedness something that we can all fit into our busy lives and so we are excited to bring this option to our community,” says Elaine Wilkinson, Marin County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator


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