You may have seen Get Ready banners posted all over Marin. Local fire departments are offering numerous classes and encourage you to attend to learn the basics of how to prepare for a disaster.

Marin’s professional first responders emphasize how important it is to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, and preferably 5-7 days following a disaster.

What is Shelter-in-Place?

If there is a disaster such as an earthquake, and your home is safe, you may want to stay there. If there is no electricity or water or gas, this will be more difficult if you aren’t prepared. We encourage you to store your own food and water. The Red Cross will, in a large scale emergency, set up a local shelter, but it is preferred that you stay at home if possible. You might also think about having camping supplies in case your home isn’t safe or aftershocks are troubling. We have lots of information on our site to help, but a Get Ready class is a great way to get up to speed on a number of topics.

How do I find a class?

The Get Ready class is offered throughout Marin County, and will provide the tools for a family plan, evacuation checklist, and strategies to keep your family safe. Marin public safety agencies offer this 1½ -2 hour course to teach you what to do before, during and after a disaster. You can also request a Get Ready class be brought to your neighborhood or homeowners group.

Go to the Get Ready page and scroll down to the bottom of the page for a list of Get Ready contacts in Marin County. You may call or click on the links for more information about classes offered in your area. Or go to our Calendar and search through the next few months to find a class.