Sign Up for Both AlertMarin & Nixle

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Last modified: 
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 12:27pm
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West Marin

Reposting: AlertMarin & Nixle have different ways of reaching you & supplement each other. Register for both. Please continue reading the following explanation. AlertMarin relies on a “geocode," ie, a digital locater, that makes phone calls that may go wider than necessary (simplified explanation). Nixle can send a map and readable information to your computer or Iphone (email or text, depending on which device you use). Thus the overly wide alertmarin evacuation warning phone call during the height of the Woodward Fire was clarified via a nixle simple map and accompanying description. So everyone should be signed up for both alertmarin and nixle. And, yes, some people report some problems with one or the other, so it's essential to sign up for both. If you are not a computer user, keep KWMR tuned in (90.5 PRS, 89.9 Bolinas, 92.3 SGV) 

AlertMarin: Listed and unlisted/blocked Marin County landline phone numbers are already included in the emergency notification system. Cell phone and VoIP numbers are not included and will require your registration in our Self-Registration Portal. is external)

Nixle: is external)

When do we [Sheriff's Office] use Alert Marin?

Imminent flooding, wildfires, and evacuations with life safety implications
During-event information about evacuation routes, shelters, transportation
Other public safety incidents where lives may be at risk

When do we {Sheriff's Office] use Nixle?

When INFORMATION is needed in a ZIP CODE
Road closures, general updates, issues affecting larger areas
Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies
Police activity and general public safety information

~posted by Lynn,


Online Forums

Commons Connect Forums provide a virtual gathering place to those who live and work in the West Marin Community. (Access to this local online forum is limited to those who work and live in the geographical area outlined here.)

A single registration allows community members to post local events on the Community Calendar, to post items of immediate importance on Alerts, and to access all of the forums including:

  • West Marin Soapbox: Campaigns, Causes, and Discussions
  • Over-the-Hill-Gang: Rides and Errands
  • West Marin Share: Reuse materials; share information and services -  a money free zone
  • West Marin Marketplace: rentals; things and services for sale
  • Tending the Wild Collaborative: An Ethnobiology Project
  • Local Food System Initiative: Food and garden related shares and information
  • Think Local West Marin: Appreciation and applause for our neighbors
  • Commons Connect Tech Support: Help with our Web site features
  • Volunteering Opportunities in West Marin: Help our local non-profits





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