On May 20, Tam High School was the site of a significant amount of equipment and people as Mill Valley hosted its annual Evacuation Drill. For the past 10 years, Mill Valley public safety personnel and CERTs have participated in evacuation drills , centering on the many “zones” of Mill Valley with its narrow , winding streets to provide information about the risk of wildland fire and evacuation guidelines. This year focused on the Edgewood and Cascade Canyon neighborhoods, as well as Homestead Valley, with multiple community partners set up to talk with residents, as they practiced an evacuation by foot, bike or car to Tam High. Representatives from Mill Valley’s Emergency Preparedness Commission, Red Cross, Marin Humane Society, Salvation Army, Firesafe Marin, Marin Medical Reserve Corp, PG&E, and the Marin Municipal Water District all set up booths/tables to talk with residents and display emergency information. CERTs (Community Emergency Response Team) set up a Command Post, based on Incident Command protocol, organized & sent out teams and monitored their teams via radios. CERT partnered with Marin County Search and Rescue members to go door to door with law enforcement personnel to directly pass on guidelines about how to evacuate from their neighborhood in the event of an approaching wildland fire and what to place in their “Grab & Go Bag”. Over 300 homes in the Homestead and Cascade Canyon areas were visited. Back at Tam High, Red Cross set up a mock shelter and Medical Reserve Corp demonstrated sidewalk CPR and “stop the bleed” techniques. PG&E set up a smaller version of their command base camp that would respond to a large scale fire as they did in Lake County last summer. This was an excellent opportunity for CERTs to interface with multiple community organizations and public safety in reaching out to the public about a significant hazard facing most of Marin County. Thank you to all who were a part of this event.
(Left to right) CERTs from Mill Valley, Southern Marin and Corte Madera participated in this year’s Evacuation Drill; Peter Graumann talks with Mill Valley resident about CERT; Catherine Hooper welcomes residents at tam High; Stuart Tanenberg from Medical reserve Corp demonstrates sidewalk CPR to Bernard Catalinotto; Marin Humane Society staff member Evan Eustis talks with residents, including Lori Shifrin.