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  • Alert Status: 
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    Mon, Dec 21, 10:26am

    URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE WEST MARIN COVID OUTBREAK PREVENTION TEAM: Since Thanksgiving there has been a significant increase in Marin County residents testing positive for COVID-19.  The primary reason revealed through contact investigations is private social gatherings indoors.  Please comply with the Stay at Home Order this video for critical info on how we can do our part to protect the health and wellbeing of Marin County residents. Please be vigilant. 

  • Alert Status: 
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    Thu, Dec 24, 5:53pm
    West Marin

    ...Late season offshore wind event tonight through Monday....Northeast winds will develop before midnight across the North and East Bay hills. Winds will increase overnight into Monday morning and overspread much of the Bay Area. The strongest winds will remain in the hills but also drop into lower elevations including the coastline from Sonoma to San Mateo. The strongest winds are expected during the morning hours of Monday with
    widespread gusts to 45 mph and localized gusts to 60 mph in the hills.


    * AFFECTED AREA (See Link, below--map of weather zones):...Fire Weather Zone 505 Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore, Fire Weather Zone 506 North Bay Interior Valleys, Fire Weather Zone 507 North Bay Mountains, Fire Weather Zone 509 San Francisco Peninsula Coast, Fire Weather Zone 510 East Bay Interior Valleys, Fire Weather Zone 511 East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range and Fire Weather Zone 512 Santa Cruz Mountains.

    * TIMING...Winds will increase before midnight tonight then increase overnight into Monday morning. The strongest winds are forecast Monday morning through midday before slowly easing late Monday afternoon.

    * WINDS...North 15 to 25 mph with frequent gusts up to 45 mph above 1000 feet. Local gusts to 60 mph for wind favored locations around Mt Saint Helena, Mount Diablo and Mt Tamalpais.

    * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Humidity will be moderate tonight from 40-50% but gradually lower to 25-35% by midday Monday.

    * TEMPERATURES...Record highs into the 70s on Monday.

    * IMPACTS...Any new starts aligned with wind will likely show rapid growth as fuels remain at or near all time record dry levels for early December. Strong winds could cause power outages as well as downed trees and limbs. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

    Map link:

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Fri, Dec 4, 12:28pm
    West Marin

    The Food Pantry is now open with the following schedule:

                Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-1

    Tuesday, Thursday 1-5

    The Thrift Store schedule:

                Thursday-Sunday 10-4

    The Resource Center is open for assistance with emergency funding and rental assistance.  If you have these or other needs, or would like to refer someone for our services, please call 415-663-8361 or email sends e-mail).


  • Alert Status: 
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    Wed, Nov 25, 3:17pm
    West Marin
  • Alert Status: 
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    Tue, Nov 24, 7:16pm
    County of Marin

    Marin’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis, shares and urgent message with Marin residents, shedding light on some of the recent COVID case-trends in Marin County. Dr. Willis also discusses how our collective choices in celebrating the holidays safely can potentially stop or reduce a further surge in cases.

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Mon, Nov 23, 11:44am
    West Marin

    from West Marin Community Services

    The West Marin Food Pantry is closed, but West Marin Community
    Services will assure that needy families and individuals in West Marin
    will not be left food
    insecure during this coming Thanksgiving week.

    West Marin families in need of food assistance can call 415-663-8361
    or email

    Staff may not be able to answer immediately. If so, leave a voicemail
    message saying “I (My family) needs food help” and then give your
    name, phone number and the day and time you called.

    Your call will be returned as quickly as may be possible.  Community
    volunteers will distribute food packages (or in some cases, food gift
    cards to purchase food) to those in need who call 415-663-8361.

    La despensa de alimentos de West Marin Community Services está
    cerrada, pero se asegurará de que las familias y las personas
    necesitadas en West Marin no se queden con inseguridad alimentaria
    durante la próxima semana del Día de Acción de Gracias.

    Las familias de West Marin que necesiten asistencia alimentaria pueden
    llamar al 415-663-8361 o enviar un correo electrónico a

    Es posible que el personal no pueda responder de inmediato. Si es así,
    deja un voice-mail mensaje diciendo “Yo (mi familia) necesito ayuda de
    consequir la comida” y luego diga su nombre, número de teléfono y el
    día y la hora en que llamó.

    Su llamada será devuelta tan pronto como sea posible. Los voluntarios
    de la comunidad distribuirán paquetes de alimentos (o en algunos
    casos, tarjetas de regalo de alimentos para comprar alimentos) a
    quienes lo necesiten y que llamen al 415-663-8361.

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Sun, Nov 22, 3:38pm
    Lost & Found

    We recently adopted a cat who needed a new home. Last night he escaped from our house at 150 Perth Way. Toby is a big tabby cat, with very dark, almost black stripes. Confident and friendly, although I'm not sure how he would respond to a stranger outside. No collar, but he is chipped.  Pls call us immediately if you see him... 415 669 1948. Thanks, Catherine and Mike

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sat, Nov 21, 11:36am
    West Marin


     Protecting Our Community and Staff from COVID-19 West Marin Community Services Statement Wednesday November 18, 2020

    To our beloved community and beyond,

    One of our staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday November 16, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed our Food Pantry, Thrift Store, and Resources Office until further notice.

    We will be working at a very limited capacity when it comes to our administrative duties such as offering whatever remote assistance is possible and staying current with our communication portals. Our neighboring food pantries Tomales Town Hall, Bolinas Community Center, and San Geronimo Valley Community Center have been notified of our closure and are preparing what they can in their own capacities.

    Our best mode of contact at this time is our email We will be periodically checking voicemails on our office line (415) 663-8361 and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please also visit our website for up-to-date information regarding our opening status, alternative food pantries, and other resources for the community.

    We want to thank our community for bearing with us in this trying time and urge everyone to enjoy this holiday season responsibly.


    Socorro Romo, Executive Director

    Protegiendo Nuestra Comunidad y el Personal de COVID-19 Comunicado de West Marin Community Services Jueves 19 de Noviembre de 2020

    Para nuestra querida comunidad,

    Un miembro de nuestro personal dio positivo a la prueba de COVID-19 el lunes, noviembre 16, 2020. Hemos decidido tomar las precauciones necesarias y cerrar el dispensario de comida, la tienda de segunda, y nuestras oficinas hasta un próximo aviso.

    Nosotros estaremos trabajando limitadamente en las oficinas administrativas ofreciendo asistencia remotamente como sea posible. También estaremos manteniendo el portal de comunicaciones al corriente. Se les ha notificado Los dispensarios de comida de nuestros vecinos en Tomales Town Hall, Bolinas Community Center, and San Geronimo Valley Community Center de nuestro cierre y ellos se están preparando para servir a nuestra comunidad como lo permita su capacidad.

    La mejor manera de comunicarse con nosotros en este tiempo es por correo electrónico a Nosotros estaremos revisando los mensajes de voz en la oficina periódicamente (415) 663-8361 y le regresaremos la llamada lo más pronto posible. Por favor visite nuestro sitio de internet para información sobre el estado de reapertura, dispensarios de comida alternativos y otros recursos para la comunidad.

    Le agradecemos a nuestra comunidad por estar con nosotros durante estos tiempos difíciles, y le pedimos a todos que disfruten las fiestas venideras responsablemente.


    Socorro Romo, Executive Director

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Thu, Nov 19, 2:10pm
    West Marin

    WMCS Food Pantry
    (updated 11/17/20):
    Closed until further notice.
    If you need food assistance call 211.
    You can also contact us at or call us at 415-663-8361. We will check our email and voicemail periodically.

    Thrift Store Closed until further notice
    Other Food Pantries:
    Tomales Town Hall
    27150 Shoreline Hwy
    Tomales, CA 94971
    Every Thursday 2 - 2:45 PM
    Bolinas Community Center
    14 Wharf Rd
    Bolinas, CA 94924
    Every Thursday 12 – 1 PM
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    Lagunitas School Parking Lot
    1 Lagunitas School Rd
    San Geronimo, CA 94963
    Every Thursday* 11 AM - 2 PM
    *For Thanksgiving week: Tuesday November 24 at 11 am - 2 pm

    (updated 11/17/20):

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Sun, Nov 15, 12:36pm
    West Marin

    Home Hardening 1: Prepare Your Home, FIRESafe MARIN board member Steve Quarles & special guest Jack Cohen, Forest Service scientist addressing the vulnerabilities of your home to wildfire & steps to improve the chance your home can survive.  Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 pm. Join on Facebook live stream or via Zoom here:   ~posted by

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Sun, Nov 15, 12:37pm
    West Marin

    PRS free chipping Wed., Nov. 11. Register: or 415-570-4376. Run by FIRESafeMarin, funded by Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) More info at the link, incldg about what they will take. When you call, leave your name, phone number & address so crews can find it. No pile size limit!  This is special for PRS (the website says there's a limit but not for this event in PRS). ... Please note if you join with a neighbor for one pile, you should register both addresses & explain which address will have the pile out front.  Also, if you have a road behind the house where it will be, ie, not out front, please explain, as crews will be looking for addresses. This really is "curbside;" crews can't walk across yards to reach the pile. Last, please do call the phone number with such additional information and any questions.  ~posted by Lynn,

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Mon, Nov 2, 6:49pm
    West Marin

    Indivisible West Marin invites all West Marin residents to a NON-VIOLENT RALLY to protect the results of the 2020 election.  Gather in front of the Wells Fargo Bank and line both sides of Main Street from 4 to 5pm.  Please bring signs that say "Count Every Vote," facemasks and flashlights.   We will be masked and socially distant.  Bring a chair if needed. Go to to RSVP and to get more info and updates.We will also rally Friday Nov 6 and beyond if necessary. For local information, contact Harriet Barlow (415-663-8834) or Susan Hayes (415-663-9078). 


    Go to to RSVP and to get more info and updates.



  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Sat, Oct 31, 10:19am

    Olema has been removed from the PSPS list, per this link from Sheriff's Office (Nixle):  

    All updates from PG&E re PSPS updates can be found by using the Address function to see if you are a customer the shutoff list:   

    Community Resources Centers listed via the NIxle Alert are: 

    Stinson Beach: 15 Calle Del Mar (3PM to 10PM)
    Mill Valley: 352 Throckmorton Ave (3PM to 10PM)
    Marin City: 630 Drake Ave (3PM to 10PM)
    San Anselmo: 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd (3PM to 10PM)

    And, per the usual suggestion, please be sure you have enough supplies and food/water ready to get through a power shutoff. For quick reference, the Nixle link provides information about being prepared. Please sign up for nixle ( for emails and texts and alertmarin ( 

  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Sat, Oct 24, 4:59pm

    Per Marin County (Sat. Oct. 24): At 7:30am this morning, PG&E said it could potentially initiate a planned power shutoff in parts of Marin County between 1pm and 5pm on October 26th, 2019.  PG&E estimated that 86,813 metered locations within Marin would be affected by a possible PSPS. The duration of the shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E. [...] Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation. The Emergency Operations Center will be activated in the event of the Public Safety Power Shutoff. 

    PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available.  Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at:

    All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency (or see a downed line).

    Charge up cell phones and other equipment to last as long as possible. 

    PG&E Updates:

    PGE Weather Awareness:

    ~posted, Lynn,


  • Alert Status: 
    Last modified: 
    Sat, Oct 31, 10:20am

    Oct. 25-27: PG&E has indicated a PSPS Watch for Sunday Oct. 25 through Tuesday Oct. 27.  To see the status visit:

    Currently, this event could potentially impact many customers all throughout Marin County.  The event has an estimated shutoff time of Sunday afternoon (4-8pm) with an estimated restoration by midnight Tuesday.  Please review the following resources to get ready:


    Food Safety during a power outage:

    For customers who rely on power to operate life-sustaining medical devices or have access and functional needs, additional support may be available. For more information, visit

    For translated communications and in-language support during PSPS events, visit

    To view city/county level information, visit

    PG&E Safety Partners can view PSPS Event Files including event-specific PDF maps, KMZ and shape files for the areas affected at

    To view a general area map of the potential outage area, visit  
    To look up addresses that may be affected, visit  

    Get outage tips and a sample emergency plan at

    For generator safety tips, visit

    To learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs, including the criteria used to turn off power, visit

    For a 7-day Public Safety Power Shutoff forecast, visit

      If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous, and report it immediately by calling 911

    ~posted by Lynn,


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