The 2017 Evacuation Drill is a Great Success!

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.

“The many public safety agencies in Southern Marin work closely with our local utilities, such as PG&E, to deliver emergency services, as demonstrated in the multi-agency collaboration in today’s evacuation drill. Today’s event shows that our community and our first responders are ready,” Mayor Jessica Sloan said.

A letter was sent to the residents in Edgewood/ Homestead Valley with instructions on how to participate in the drill and an Alert Marin telephone or text message was sent to all who were signed up for the service. At 9:00 am, residents received a text or phone call alerting them of the drill and encouraged them evacuate to the check-in location at Tamalpais High School. Once at the check-in, participants were given “Safety Passports” and were entered in a raffle. Approximately 2000 homes were in the evacuation area, approximately 400 homes were visited by first responders and around 75 residents visited the evacuation center.

This is the first time in it’s 10-year history that the drill incorporated a neighboring community outside of Mill Valley City limits. Responders emphasized that emergencies such as wildfires and earthquakes don’t stay within jurisdictions, and it is critical that emergency responders from different agencies work effectively together. The event also featured:

  • A joint proclamation from the City of Mill Valley and Southern Marin Fire Protection District thanking emergency service personnel and PG&E staff for their response to the 2016-2017 winter storms.
  • “Stop the Bleed” and “Sidewalk CPR” demonstrations from the Marin Medical Reserve Corps.
  • A “Mock Base Camp” set up by PG&E with food service (and delicious breakfast burritos!)
  • A showcase of PG&E response vehicles and apparatus.
  • A CERT Command Post with GMRS radios to track CERT teams and identify radio “Dead Zones” in the area.
  • All Mill Valley City Council members attended, as well as County of Marin Supervisor Kate Sears.

The City would like to recognize and thank all the Mill Valley, local, and regional public safety personnel for their efforts in developing and executing the drill. Thank you also to the partner agencies: the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission, the American Red Cross, the Marin Humane Society, the Salvation Army, Mill Valley CERT, the Marin County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, FireSafe Marin, Marin Medical Reserve Corps, Marin Municipal Water District, Tamalpais Union High School District, Marin Search and Rescue, and all the residents who participated in the drill.