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Disaster Preparedness

San Anselmo and Fairfax experienced damaging floods several times in the last 100 years, sometimes leaving citizens stranded and without services.Disaster professionals say the most important thing we can do is be prepared to survive for 72 hours in our homes. This first line of defense, called “Shelter in Place,” will save the most lives. To help you prepare, the Disaster Preparedness Task Force is offering a two-hour course to teach you what to do before, during and after a regional disaster.

The Get Ready Marin Program began in 2007 and has now taught over 650 people in the Ross Valley Fire service area. In 2008, the total attendance was over 180 students in homes and other venues. This program is a power point presentation that lasts approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on the questions and discussions. The difference between this program and the CERT program is that there is no “hands on” training and it is only one evening. There is a booklet that is given to each student for their reference, along with various lists and information for them to bring back to their families to implement. Ross Valley has four volunteer instructors and Captain Craig Carroll to teach this course. The volunteer instructors are Tina Hunnenburg of San Anselmo, Chris MacDonald and Rita Lewis of Fairfax, and John Grey of San Anselmo for the Sleepy Hollow area. They have donated their time and their homes to present this program. We thank them for their support. In 2008, there was an increase in the number of presentations given in private homes, where neighborhoods got together and began preparing themselves for disaster. We hope to continue this trend and have more people transition to the CERT training as well.

Get Ready

Disaster professionals say the most important thing we can do is be prepared to survive for 72 hours in our homes. This first line of defense, called “Shelter in Place”, will save the most lives. To help you prepare, the Ross Valley Fire Department is offering a two-hour course to teach you what to do before, during and after a disaster.

C.E.R.T.

In the event of a major disaster, professional emergency services may be overwhelmed and unavailable for long periods of time. With this in mind, the fire departments in Marin County have adopted a citizen-training program called Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). CERT is designed to provide hands-on training to become self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a disaster.

Our Mission

To protect the lives, property and environment of Ross, San Anselmo, Sleepy Hollow and Fairfax through education, prevention and community service in a professional and caring manner that is fair, honest, respectful and ethical.

Contact Us

Ross Valley Fire Department
777 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960 USA
Tel: (415) 258-4686

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