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How Do I Sign Up for Public Safety Alerts?

September 16, 2019 

Here is what we recommend:

Public Safety Alerts are like Swiss Cheese - None of them are without holes. But if you opt in or are aware of multiple methods to receive alerts and find news, then the holes get smaller and you have a greater chance of being informed in an emergency.

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Firework Safety

June 25, 2019 

Stay safe on the Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July celebration is coming up. With that the Mill Valley Fire Department wants to remind you to stay safe and enjoy responsibly. Fireworks are still illegal in the county of Marin. There are plenty of venues around the bay to get your firework fill.

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22nd Annual North Bay Firefighters Relay to Benefit Burn Survivors

June 12, 2019 

Monday, June 17 North Bay Fire Engine Companies will participate in the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Relay. Fire engines and trucks as far as the eye can see will be part of a procession traveling through the North Bay stopping at participating fire stations to raise awareness and gather donations for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The relay procession is estimated to arrive at the Mill Valley Main Fire Station 7, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

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City of Mill Valley Conducts Annual Evacuation Drill

May 18, 2019 

The City of Mill Valley conducted its Annual Evacuation Drill on May 18, 2019 with over 170 residents participating. The drill focused on the Scott Valley and Alto/Sutton Manor neighborhoods – an area of town in the Wildland Urban Interface, an area where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire.

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Annual Evacuation Drill

May 15, 2019 

Join us for the Annual Evacuation Drill in Scott Valley, Alto/Sutton Manor, and Surrounding Neighborhoods on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 am-12 pm.

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Marin Community Wildfire Forum

April 29, 2019 

Please join the County of Marin and local fire agencies on May 4, 2019 at 10AM at Embassy Suites in San Rafael for a FREE community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness.

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Controlled burn completed

April 9, 2019 

Crews from Mill Valley and Central Marin fire departments will work with Open Space District rangers to conduct controlled pile burning on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10th and 11th, during daylight hours in the Horse Hill Preserve. Burn crews are monitoring air quality conditions and will coordinate with air quality management officials to avoid the impacts of smoke.


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Fire Prevention and Preparedness Community Meeting

April 4, 2019 

At their recent Community Meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019, the Mill Valley City Council and Fire Officials presented to an audience of over 350 community members the proposed Vegetation Management Ordinance, which would require eliminating most vegetation within 3 feet of homes/buildings, as well as an update on recent fire prevention and preparedness activities, evacuation plans, and emergency communications.

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PG&E inspections began in March as part of enhanced wildfire safety efforts

March 14, 2019 

As part of enhanced wildfire safety efforts, implemented following the recent wildfires as additional precautionary measures intended to further reduce wildfire risks, PG&E is performing accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure in areas of higher wildfire risk. These enhanced and accelerated inspections involve approximately 685,000 PG&E distribution poles and 50,000 PG&E transmission structures in high fire-threat areas across PG&E’s service territory.

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Update on Fire Preparedness and Prevention Initiatives

January 29, 2019 

Following the 2017 Sonoma/Napa conflagrations, which have now been eclipsed by the mega-fires in Shasta and Butte Counties, the Mill Valley Fire Department has been actively evaluating/implementing programs and processes to ensure our lowest overall community risk possible.

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Mill Valley’s Response to Last Week’s Bomb Threat

December 5, 2018 

On November 27th, the City of Mill Valley Police and Fire Departments received notice of a bomb threat at the Mill Valley Middle School. School officials quickly placed the entire campus of approximately 1200 students, teachers, staff and administrators on shelter in place, and then ordered an evacuation to the Mill Valley Community Center.

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Fire Engines Staging Today (9/20)- Standard Procedure

September 20, 2018 

Battalion Chief Scott Barnes is leading a "Strike Team" of 5 fire engines to position themselves on Mill Valley fire roads today. You may see them driving through town. This is a standard procedure in response to the Red Flag Warning that is in effect today.

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September is National Preparedness Month

September 12, 2018 

You’ve been putting this off for a long time. Take a few easy steps and make an emergency plan that will increase the odds that your family will be resilient following a large-scale emergency/disaster.

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1/2 Acre Vegetation Fire Quickly Contained

August 17, 2018 

A small half acre vegetation fire was reported around 2:34pm, Mill Valley Fire Department and neighboring agencies responded immediately and the fire was deemed contained by 2:52pm. No evacuations are in effect and no structures were threatened, though we do ask you to avoid the area as emergency crews finish up.

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Mill Valley Fire Department Conducts Emergency Siren Demonstration

June 18, 2018 

On June 14, 2018, the Mill Valley Fire Department conducted a demonstration of a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) at the Public Safety Building with all of the Marin County Fire Chiefs in attendance. This test is in furtherance of the Fire Department’s initiative to improve the City’s readiness and responsiveness to a significant fire event, such as the wildfires experienced in Napa and Sonoma in 2017.

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Road Closure at 70 Hillside

May 15, 2018 

Road Closed at 70 Hillside due to a small gas line break. First responders are on scene. No need to shelter in place. Avoid area & find alternate routes. We will post when road is opened.

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Wildland Fire Season Has Begun: Prepare Today!

May 10, 2018 

In the wake of recent devastating fires, the Mill Valley Fire Department and Emergency Preparedness Commission urges you to act now to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

“It is hard to say how this fire season will shape up,” Fire Chief Tom Welch said at a recent Get Ready Mill Valley meeting. “If it is anything like the previous ones, we could be in for a doozy.”

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Red Flag Warning Issued for North Bay

October 13, 2017 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning with gusty winds and low humidity today throug Saturday. The increasing wind and low humidity will generate critical fire weather conditions again over Northern California.

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Unhealthy Air Quality Today - 10/12/2017

October 12, 2017 

Today's air quality level is now at the "Red" level, which means
"Unhealthy." People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

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How You Can Help Relief Efforts in the North Bay

October 12, 2017 

We have received many inquiries from Mill Valley residents to find out how they can help those impacted by the fires that have destroyed so many neighborhoods in the North Bay. We have assembled the following list of resources for community members to donate, volunteer, and assist in any way they can.

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Prepare Your Household for an Emergency

October 12, 2017 

The North Bay fires serve as a stark reminder that disaster can strike at any time. Disaster planning is about keeping you safe, warm, and fed after a disaster. ReadyMarin.org suggests you prepare for 5-7 days without power or utilities.Getting prepared can seem overwhelming. Here are some simple steps to get you started.

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Mill Valley Impacted by the North Bay Fires

October 12, 2017 

Approximately 29 City of Mill Valley employees in addition to teachers and staff in the Mill Valley and Tamalpais School Districts, and employees in businesses throughout town live in neighborhoods that have been evacuated, are on standby to evacuate, or are helping family evacuate or prepare to evacuate.

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Support for City Staff Impacted by Sonoma & Napa Fires

October 9, 2017 

We have learned that our Mill Valley Fire Chief, Tom Welch, a resident of Santa Rosa, has lost his family home due to the wildfires in the region. His family is safe. At this point we are still learning how other City of Mill Valley employees are impacted as well.

A “YouCaring” site has been set up to assist Chief Welch and other families. Click here to donate.

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this disaster.

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Fire Prevention Week is here!

October 9, 2017 

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

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Emergency Preparedness in Mill Valley – How to Get Involved

September 25, 2017 

Every September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and first responder groups observe National Preparedness Month. It is a time when communities are encouraged to take steps to prepare for natural and man-made emergencies in their homes, schools, and businesses. As the month draws to a close, it’s important for us to look within our own community of Mill Valley to learn how we can be better prepared to help our families and our neighbors. The city’s Emergency Preparedness Commission offers suggestions on how to make an emergency plan, how to get ready to shelter at home, and how to get ready to evacuate should you need to leave your home on quick notice, For futher information, please visit City of Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness or Ready Marin.

Recognizing that Mill Valley is unique in that it is located between two major fault lines and lies within a wildfire threat zone, many people want to be ready to help not just their families, but their wider communities. Should an emergency occur, only the first responders that are on duty within the city and county will be available to assist initially. Many first responders do not reside within Mill Valley or even Marin County’s borders. Therefore, it’s critical that our citizens be trained to help fill the gap between the disaster event and the arrival of professional help.

A message from Michelle Godard Terrell, Mill Valley resident and member of the City of Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission

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FIRE IN MARIN! FREE 2-HOUR CLASS

September 5, 2017 

FIRE IN MARIN! FREE 2-HOUR CLASS

Come learn why our communities are at great risk for a catastrophic fire and what you can do about it. Learn how to create and implement attractive landscaping that complies with your Fire Department’s Defensible Space regulations.The class also covers how to make your home more fire resistant and what you need to know to be ready to evacuate if needed.

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Recent Small Earthquake – Big Message

August 28, 2017 

Small Earthquake – Big Message

On August 22, 2017 a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean.

Approximately 7 miles outside the San Francisco Bay. Although the earthquake was relatively small and resulted in no appreciable damage, the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) urges you to take heed prior to the “big one”. This small quake was in the same general location as the 1906 earthquake that so devastated San Francisco. The U.S. Geological Survey states there is a 72% probability of a significant earthquake at some point before 2043.

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The 2017 Evacuation Drill is a Great Success!

May 22, 2017 

The City of Mill Valley conducted its 10th Annual City-wide area evacuation drill on May 20, 2017. The drill targeted the Edgewood/ Homestead Valley neighborhoods and was conducted in collaboration with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, PG&E, and many other agencies.

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Your MST At Work

November 3, 2016 

The funds generated by the Municipal Service Tax improve the condition of City streets, reduce fire hazards, and shorten emergency response times.

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With Fire Season Upon Us, Firefighters Set Up Weed Abatement Efforts

May 18, 2016 

Mill Valley residents and property owners – particularly those living in areas adjacent to open space – will be seeing much more of Mill Valley Fire Department personnel in the coming weeks. Those visits won’t be of the flashing lights and sirens variety – in fact, they’re specifically designed to prevent them.

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