Prepare Your Household for an Emergency

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. 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.

  1. Sign up for Emergency Notifications –
  2. Pack a Go Bag The call to evacuate may be immediate. Be ready to leave your home by having a Go Bag packed. Click here to learn about packing go bag and click here to get started creating a Grab and Go checklist.
  3. Make a Family Plan Emergencies can happen at any time. Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together? Click here to make a family communication plan.
  4. Prepare to Shelter in Place and Make a Kit If you have to shelter in place, much of what you need is already in your home and just needs to be collected in a safe place. Prepare for 5-7 days on your own. Click here to learn how to make a kit.
  5. Join the Mill Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a national program, now part of Citizens Corp under FEMA. CERT Training is an 18-hour course taught by local Fire Department personnel and includes:
    1. Emergency preparedness
    2. Disaster First Aid/Triage
    3. Fire prevention suppression
    4. Light search and rescue
    5. Utilities (recognition/controlling)

 Click here to learn more about CERT