Seniors are Especially Vulnerable in a Fire

Last October’s firestorms claimed 44 victims and the majority were elderly. Statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration confirm that people ages 85 or older have the highest fire death rate (39.5%). They are four times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. Professionals emphasize that planning... Read more

Give Everyone Emergency Information

Another weekly tip for Emergency Preparedness Month, provided by Emergency Preparedness Chair Flo Hoylman: You probably have an emergency contacts list attached to your fridge or on your home office bulletin board. Put a copy in your child’s backpack, the glove box of your car, your wallet or purse, and... Read more

Safety Tip: Move Your Emergency Kit

Here’s the third tip of Emergency Preparedness Month from our own Flo Hoylman: Your emergency kit should be easy to grab. You can’t know where you’ll be when an earthquake strikes, and may be in a panic trying to keep yourself and your family safe. Your bag should be near... Read more

Add a Flashlight to Your Nightstand

Since this is Emergency Preparedness Month, each week we’re sharing safety tips provided by Emergency Preparedness Chair Flo Hoylman: Expect the power to be out during a major emergency. That fun flashlight function on your phone? It’s not going to last long without power to plug it in. Plus, your... Read more

Sept is Emergency Preparedness Month

Flo Hoylman reports that this is Emergency Preparedness Month, and passes along a website, Ready.gov, that offers a week-by-week plan for increasing your level of safety during a power shutoff or disaster. The first week concentrates on the little-discussed concept of preparing financially for an extended emergency when access to... Read more

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Emergency Services Chair Flo Hoylman warns that PG&E may need to cut power transmission to certain areas for as long as five days during fire season to decrease fire risk. She is organizing a communication coordinating committee with at least one person, preferably more, from each dock to help neighbors... Read more

Lots to Learn About Wildfire Evacuation

The Wildfire Evacuation Drill on July 27 turned out to be quite a learning experience. The first thing I learned, from FHA Emergency Services Chair Flo Hoylman, was that I needed to register and create a profile on Alert Marin to get notices of future evacuations.  Fortunately, Flo had tipped me... Read more

Evacuation Drill July 27

We all should be prepared to evacuate our homes and docks in the event of a local disaster. On Saturday, July 27, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District will conduct a voluntary emergency evacuation drill for Sausalito’s northern neighborhoods, including our community. We can expect to receive multiple notifications of... Read more

Prepare for Long PG&E Outages

It is quite probable that we will experience a 3-5 day power outage to prevent a fire in the future. When conditions of low humidity, wind, and high temperatures are present, PG&E may issue a power outage red flag warning. It could impact a very large area of Marin or... Read more

Resilient Neighborhoods Presentation at May 14 Board Meeting

Tamara Peters, executive director of Resilient Neighborhoods, will give an audio-visual presentation, about her organization, at the beginning of the May 14 FHA Board Meeting. Resilient Neighborhoods offers free workshops to empower people to take action on climate change, lower their bills, strengthen their communities and prepare for emergencies. Last spring,... Read more