September is Preparedness Month: Get Involved

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

Your best defense in a disaster is being educated. There are many classes available locally throughout the year, including:

Get Ready Marin

Learn about the dangers in our community and the supplies necessary for your family for 5-7 days in this 1.5-hour free course. You will learn how much water you need, how to build a family emergency kit, and effective means of communication in an emergency.

Next classes at the Mill Valley Community Center are:

Thursday evening, October 5th,  7:00 to 8:30 pm
Saturday morning, November 4th 10:00 to 11:30 am

Pre-registration is encouraged at www.coordinator@marincountycert.org or call 415-961-0907. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Get Ready Novato:

Tue, December 5, 7pm – 9pm
All Saints Lutheran Church, 2 San Marin Dr, Novato, CA 94945, USA (map)

To register, go to www.novato.org and follow the links under Emergency Preparedness.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Join your local CERT team and become a citizen first responder. The 18-hour (two weekend days) program is offered in many different Marin communities throughout the year. After completing the course, CERTs will be able to provide immediate assistance to handle small fires, turn off utilities, give basic first aid, perform light search and rescue, and collect crucial information for professional first responders. Mill Valley residents are welcome to attend a class anywhere in Marin County.  The next available classes are in Nicasio (Oct 14 and 21), San Rafael (November 4 and 11) and Kentfield (November 11 and 12). Call 415-961-0907 for more information or check the CERT link on this website.

 

American Red Cross

Over 1,200 Marin County residents have been trained by the Red Cross in first aid, CPR, AED, and water safety. Visit the website above for upcoming classes.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Marin Search & Rescue (SAR)

Marin County’s Search and Rescue team is a nationally-recognized program where volunteers are trained in medical systems, rope rescue, map and compass navigation, and search techniques.  Volunteers are expected to be ready to move quickly to assist with searching for missing people in wilderness and urban settings all over California. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, quite physically fit, and comfortable in rugged outdoor settings. The next application deadline is February 2018.

Marin Medical Reserve Corps (MMRC)

The Marin Medical Reserve Corps is an organization of over 300 medical and non-medical volunteers trained to work with existing medical and emergency services, providing Marin residents with health care in the wake of a disaster.  Trainings are scheduled throughout the year. The volunteer commitment is a minimum of just 16 hours per year.

The Great California 2017 Shake-Out

We encourage everyone to participate in the Great Shake-Out, the world’s largest earthquake drill. This year it will be held at 10:19 am on Thursday, Oct. 19th. Register yourself & family, your business and other organizations and join over 9 million CA residents who will practice a quick Drop, Cover and Hold on drill at the same minute! Register and more information at California 2017 Great Shake-out.

Thank you to  Michelle Godard Terrell, Mill Valley resident and member of the City of Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission for this contribution to ReadyMarin.

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