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Emergency Preparedness-Storm Safety


The City of Mill Valley lies in between a large watershed and the Bay. Naturally this results in the city being heavily impacted during winter storms. In addition to all the other havoc that winter storms can bring, creek levels can rise quickly, storm drains can clog, bay levels can rise and hillsides can become unstable and slide. We can ensure the saftey of our community by educating ourselves and preparing for these storms.How can I prepare?

  • Be informed on the Storm
  • Know the weather report. Plan for the worst parts of the storm.
  • Know the tides for the day. Anticipate when flooding might be an issue. 
  • Know what hazards apply to where you live
  • Flood zones- potential for large area flooding
  • Drainages- potential for flash foods and debris buildup
  • Stock up
  • Keep food and water
  • Batteries flashlights
  • Any other necessary items so that you could stay in your home through the storm (prescription medicines, etc.)

Prepare your home

  • Clear nearby drains and creeks before the storm
  • Clear the gutters on your roof
  • Sandbags 
  • Anticipate where the water will go, and strategically place the bags in front of it
  • How can I help

Be proactive

  • If the weather permits, go check your local drains and keep them clear
  • Monitor the water to stay ahead

Be safe

  • If you don’t need to go out, don’t go out
  • Stay out of moving or deep water. Water is an incredible force and can be deceiving. 
  • Don’t drive through water. It is not only damaging to your vehicle, but it can leave you stranded in the middle of a precarious situation.

Know who to call

  • PG&E- For questions about power outages call PG&E for information regarding your area
  • 911- For any other issues and emergencies, call 911. The emergency dispatchers can send the appropriate resources no matter the issue. 

How can I help more?

  • Take a C.E.R.T. class to become more involved in your community


Flooding and Storm Resources