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City of Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commissioners tour Sonoma/Napa fires

We have all been witness to the devastation experienced over the past several weeks in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, and Lake Counties from the recent series of devastating wildfires. 

On Tuesday, October 31, the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) toured the devastated areas to get a first-hand view of the aftermath of the deadly Tubbs and Nuns fires that occurred in and around Santa Rosa.  The goal of the visit was to gain a better understanding of the size and scope of the disaster, evaluate current Mill Valley programs for preparedness and make recommendations back to the community. 

 “The site visit was sobering and the level of destruction was incomprehensible,” EPC Chair Tricia Ossa said. 

Fire Chief Tom Welch reflected on his own experience of the fire. “After working all of the October 8th night assisting my Coffey Park neighbors, two things have become clear to me. 

One: knowing your neighbors and being available to assist the at-risk populations such as the elderly, chronically ill and very young is key to saving lives during an evacuation.

Two: citizens must know at least two routes from their neighborhood and have two modes like driving and walking to ensure a smooth evacuation,” he said.

On November 16th from 7pm to 8:30pm (Mill Valley Community Center – Cascade Room) the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission will be hosting a meeting to share experiences from the Sonoma/Napa Fire Storm as well as reviewing current and proposed programs available to our community.  

There are proactive steps you can take to educate and prepare yourself for a disaster. Classes are being offered now and throughout the year, to sign up here. For further information on Emergency Preparedness, please click here.

The City of Mill Valley is not immune from wildfire. A large portion of our community is located within the “Very High Fire Severity Zone” as identified by Cal Fire. The EPC and our first responders are committed to wildfire preparedness and to ensuring the protection of Mill Valley has never been stronger. We are dedicated to preparing our community for any threat, particularly the threat of a wildfire. The EPC’s success is dependent upon our partnership with you. We are committed to this goal.

The EPC’s pledge to you is to continue to inform and prepare the Mill Valley community with the most current information and best practices. We invite you to partner with us to make your home, your neighborhood, and our community safer from the threat of a disaster.