San Geronimo Valley Disaster Council Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:06:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Welcome Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:05:08 +0000 Welcome to the San Geronimo Valley Disaster Council web site.

Emergency Operations Plan Click here to download the San Geronimo Valley Disaster Council Emergency Operations Plan.

download Home Survival KitClick here to download: “Your Home Survival Kit”.

download SGV Disaster Registry FormClick here to download: “SGV Disaster Registry Form”    (newly updated version as of 07/15/2012).

Two events upcoming-

Saturday April 25th, VERG members and any interested SGV residents can join us for a disaster radio network drill. Neighbors can join us at 9:00 am at one of three local post offices – Lagunitas, Forest Knolls, or San Geronimo. Village coordinators will meet there and “dispatch” teams to locations nearby where they can pick up mock disaster incident descriptions to report via their portable radios. Messages will be relayed via our new SGV repeater site to a command post in Woodacre. At 10 am. we’ll all meet at the Wilderness Way Environmental Center in San Geronimo for a quick reception/debrief. Join us. To find out more: call Jim F. at 415.300.7170.

On Thursday April 23rd at 5:30 , KWMR in Pt. Reyes will launch a new half-hour radio program within the Epicenter series called The Panic Antidote. Join host and VERG co-chair Jim Fazackerley for a lively discussion with local experts about a whole range of emergencies and what to do about them. The first episode will discuss- the impact of a large earthquake in West Marin.

Our Next Meeting:

San Geronimo Valley Disaster Council
Thursday, April 16th at 7 PM
Wilderness Way Building by the Lagunitas School.
It is the old recycling building on the left going up the road to & before the gym. The building is lime green & it is an old mobile classroom

Please join us for the next meeting of the San Geronimo Valley Disaster Council at the new Wilderness Way (Environmental Education Center) Building on the far west end of the Lagunitas School District campus. For a PDF map of the Campus please go to:
The location is at the far lower left of the map and is marked as “Environmental Ed. Center”.

All Valley residents are welcome at the monthly Disaster Council meetings.  Learn how you can help prepare yourself and your neighborhood in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.  Refreshments will be served.

Steps in Preparing For Disaster

Get Ready Marin
The Get Ready program is one of the easiest ways to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency.  At the website,, you will find information regarding preparing your home and community for disaster.  There is even an online home study course that will allow you to become certified without leaving the house.  For those of you that can get your neighbors together, Get Ready trainers will meet at your home for groups larger than six, or at the Woodacre Fire Station if you prefer.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is an active way to become prepared.  Classes to become certified are $30 and include 16 hours of training, a binder full of reference material and a big green backpack loaded with emergency response items.

The next CERT local class is being held in San Rafael on a Thursday and the two following Saturdays April 10th from 6:30 PM to 9 PM and April 12th and April 19th from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM, at San Rafael Station, 210 Third Street, San Rafael. To sign up for this important class, go here:  Don’t delay; classes fill up fast!

Earthquake Preparedness

If you are interested in earthquake preparedness and are visiting San Francisco soon you might want to drop in at SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association), 654 Mission Street (between New Montgomery and Third, downtown) for their new exhibition called, “Safe Enough To Stay”.  The exhibit helps to prepare residents to maintain the habitability of their homes after a major earthquake, even if their home has been damaged.  Details include supplies to stock, communication and maps of areas that are subject to liquefaction and land slides.  Check out their website at:
and there is a write-up from the San Francisco Chronicle at:
A large earthquake in the future is inevitable.  The time to prepare is now.

Grand Jury Report on Marin County Disaster Preparedness

The Marin County Grand Jury wanted to know if Marin County is ready for a disaster and their conclusion is that no, we aren’t, with few exceptions. You can read their report here:

Disaster Preparedness in MarinDisaster Preparedness in Marin

The Marin County Board of Supervisors doesn’t entirely agree with the Grand Jury’s conclusions. Read their response here:

County ResponseCounty Response

Register now for County Emergency Notification Service
Currently, all county residents can be notified of a disaster via their landline and given crucial information of actions to take. Starting January 26, people who live OR work in the county can also be notified on their cell phone or VOIP phone.

Starting on January 26, Alert Marin Day, if you live, work or go to school in Marin County and if you are 18 and over, you may receive emergency alerts on your CELL PHONE by text, email and voice, and by your VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone. To receive alerts, you must register on the secure website portal

TENS is a high-speed communications system that can quickly notify members of the public by phone of critical emergency information in situations where property or human life is in danger. TENS makes emergency calls to landlines and to registered cell phones. Cell phone numbers are not in the system until you register them. For those without a computer to register, they may use a free computer in any Marin library.