Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Southern Marin Fire District has launched a new website for the Southern Marin Neighborhood Response Group (NRG) program. The NRG program helps connect individuals and neighborhoods to resources, education, and training that will help them to prepare them for and respond to emergencies and disasters. In the event of...

The Importance of FHA Membership

The Floating Homes Association represents the interests of floating homeowners and renters to help foster a friendly, inclusive, and colorful community on Richardson Bay. Your membership helps the FHA provide services and sponsor events that support and strengthen our unique community. Through the work of our volunteers Board of Directors...

That Sinking Feeling

It was about 11:30 on a rainy morning when a neighbor looked out her window by chance and saw that the home across the dock was sinking! It was leaning precariously toward its inboard neighbor. Obviously no one was home as standing up inside would have been difficult, if not...

Gramps to the Rescue

When power went out on South 40 Pier during the recent spate of storms, just after midnight, PG&E announced that it might not be restored before 10:00 p.m. on the following evening. Joe “Gramps” Tate, who lives in an ark that sits on pilings just off of South 40, fired...

WARNING! Flood Watch in Effect Jan 4-5

Another Atmospheric River arrives late Wednesday, January 4, continuing into Thursday with heavy rain leading to likely flooding across the Bay Area. A High Wind Watch is also in effect. The combination may trigger mud slides and power outages. More detailed information from NOAA is available here. In addition, a...

Houseboat Living in Earthquake Country

Last week’s early morning (3:39 a.m.) earthquake, which roused some floating home residents from a deep sleep, is a reminder that we are definitely on Terra Non Firma. The December 17 temblor was centered in El Cerrito—only 10 miles away—and was measured at a magnitude 3.6. The tide was about...

Cook Safely This Holiday Season

FHA Emergency Services Chair Flo Hoylman passes along these tips for kitchen safety, especially during the busy holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association®, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started...

Lessons from a Fire

The recent apartment fire on West Pier turned out to be a valuable learning experience for residents and firefighters alike. On October 8, firefighters from Southern Marin, Marin County and Tiburon, plus Sheriff units, were dispatched to a structure fire at an apartment building known as ‘The Whale’ at 28...