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.
When disaster strikes residents may be asked to evacuate their homes.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for our area. Critical fire weather is developing, and any fires that develop during this time will likely spread rapidly.
As we head into the rainy season, now is a good time to update your contact information and check out some helpful links related to preparing for emergencies, power outages, and power line safety.
Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters, the Mill Valley City Council, and Fire Service members from around the region thanked and honored Battalion Chief St. John on the occasion of his retirement.
The Whole Family is Invited!
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, which is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 5 PM Monday October 8th.
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.
As reported, on Friday, August 17, 2018, the Mill Valley Fire Department responded to a vegetation fire in the area of Edgewood Reservoir.
With the ongoing fires around the State, the City continues to focus on fire preparedness and prevention in our community, as described by City Manager Jim McCann at the Mill Valley City Council meeting on August 7, 2018.
Update on drift smoke in the area.
A message from Fire Chief Tom Welch
Mill Valley Fire Department was awarded $21,000 from the Assistance to Firefighter Grant to purchase two new thermal imaging cameras (TIC) to assistance in seeing through the smoke to locate people and animals.
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.
On June 18, the Mill Valley Fire Department will be performing annual fuel reduction on both sides of Camino Alto from East Blithedale up to the City limits with Corte Madera.
Please join us Monday, May 28, Memorial Day for the annual Mill Valley Association of Volunteer Firefighters breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. located downtown in front of City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Avenue.
Flying embers can destroy homes up to a mile ahead of a wildfire. Homeowners should "harden" their homes long before a fire starts.
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.”
Learn How to Get Prepared
On Friday, April 6, a late season storm system with unseasonably high moisture content brought periods of rain, heavy at times, to the Mill Valley area.
The Annual Community Meeting provided helpful information and updates and provided an opportunity of community members to share their thoughts, questions an concerns.
Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch joined Assemblymember Marc Levine and FIRESafe Marin for a Town Hall meeting that discussed what state, county, and local governments are doing to prepare for wildfires and how we plan to improve fire safety in Marin.
Training will take place between Tuesday, January 22nd and Thursday, January 25th from 9:30am to noon and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Expect minor coastal flooding with sea water on roadways, parking lots, trails and sidewalks through January 2.
Lessons learned from the Sonoma/Napa fires.
The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school or your organzation to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies.
The latest updates on the vegetation fire in Sausalito. Local traffic impacts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work crews are set to conduct the second phase of a tree removal project on Edgewood Avenue staring Monday October 2, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 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
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.
Participating restaurants and shops to donate 5% of their proceeds on Thursday, Sept. 7 to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey via the American Red Cross.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 20th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Tamalpais High School
May Fire Department Public Education Newsletter
Are you prepared for an emergency evacuation?
Japanese fire officials chose to visit Mill Valley on a recent trip to the United States to glean best practices on issues like disaster response and volunteer programs.
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.
When Mill Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Barnes took over the City’s Vegetation Management Program six years ago, he sought to wrap his arms around a multi-faceted campaign designed for one critical purpose: to reduce the chance of a wildland fire sweeping through our community, particularly at this time year with fire season on the horizon.
This June, the City of Mill Valley is planning to make changes at two narrow intersections to improve access for fire trucks and emergency vehicles. City engineers seek community input on the plans and will conduct neighborhood meetings in upcoming weeks.