September is National Preparedness Month

Are you and your family prepared?

Make a Plan Today

Here are four steps that will help you get started:

Step 1: How will we receive emergency alerts/information?  Sign up for our county emergency notification alerts at Alert Marin and check out Marin County Agencies Nixle at 888777 on your phone. Register by entering your zip code and public safety officials will send you emergency information. Learn more at

Step 2:  What is my shelter plan? There are certain situations when it’s simply best to stay where you are and avoid unsafe conditions outside. Following an earthquake, the Red Cross recommends staying in your home if it is safe or camping on a deck or back yard.

There are many reasons why you might choose to shelter in place. Learn more about different types of shelters at and what you need to store to care for your family for 5-7 days at home at Ready Marin-Plan & Prepare .

Step 3: What do I do if I have to evacuate? If you are given an evacuation order or even a warning, consider leaving now. Know two ways out of your neighborhood and at least two modes-driving, walking or even riding your bike. Know who in your neighborhood might need help and offer to take that neighbor with you. Don’t leave vulnerable neighbors behind. Follow the directions of public safety officials who will guide you in the direction of safety. Prepare your Grab & Go list NOW; what are those most precious ten items that you would not want to lose. Keep that list in a bag by the front door and quickly collect the items on your list as you prepare to leave. Each family member should have a Grab & Go Bag and their own list.

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Step 4: What is my family communication plan? Your family may be in many locations around the county if a disaster strikes and you want to be able to check with them and reunite as soon as possible. Make sure you have an out-of-area contact (outside the Bay Area) and everyone has that number. In case local phones do not work, you can let that family contact know that you are safe and your location. They can then pass it on to other family members across the country.

  • Keep an extra cell phone charger in your Grab & Go Bag and make sure everyone has a list of family members’ phone numbers in case you are using someone else’s phone and you can’t just press #1 for Mom.
  • Have a meeting place near your home but outside the neighborhood, in case you can’t get home. Make sure everyone knows how to text-that includes grandparents!
  • It’s a good idea to make sure everyone that is close to your family also knows your plan. Look over the Caregiver's Emergency Planning Checklist.