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  • Alert Status: 
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    Fri, Aug 21, 2:15pm
    Emergency

    Dear Neighbors, 

    Here is a list I made to help us decide what we needed to take in case of wildfire evacuation.  The list also priortizes what we would take if we have the time or the space - but starts with the most important items first.  There are also some reminders of steps to take before you go.

    https://tinyurl.com/ready2go20

    Be safe, be well. - Natasha

  • Alert Status: 
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    Fri, Aug 21, 2:13pm
    West Marin

    See attached info from HALTER: halterproject.org

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    Fri, Aug 21, 12:05pm
    West Marin

    Rerunning Kathy Hartzell's good post below and adding: Sign up for nixle.com (landlines automatically included but you must register cell phones. You will get text or email if you don't get text). And regularly check Marin County Fire twitter and Marin Sheriff twitter:

    https://twitter.com/marincountyfire?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwg...

    https://twitter.com/MarinSheriff?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5...

    https://twitter.com/marincountyfire?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwg...

    We just received AlertMarin.org notification that INVERNESS, INVERNESS PARK and SEAHAVEN and all other areas down to the original Evacuation Warning have been included in the EVACUATION WARNING. Pack your to Go bag. Charge your devices. ETC>. You know the drill.  Do this, then go outside and remove the flammable furniture from around the house (cushions, wooden things, etc.) ....it's all in the literature we've inundated you with for the past 2 years.  BE ALERT.  REGISTER with ALERTMARIN.ORG and be READY.  STAY OFF HIGHWAYS other than to evacuate if at all possible.

     

     

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    Wed, Aug 19, 2:03pm
    West Marin
  • Alert Status: 
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    Mon, Aug 17, 3:28pm
    West Marin

    A local resident advises he can make a battery for power outages. Since PGE is making a YETI battery available (copying PGE's rep Alex Porrata's info, below), this might be a backup or used for anyone without a medical need. I can put you in touch with him by forwarding your email to me. Also, you would have to do your own review of quality; whether it would serve your needs; and, if it would be for a medical device, whether the YETI battery offered by PG&E would be better for you. I just want to get the information out to the community.

    "The systems that I design are made for a smaller electrical load [than a one-door, "regular" kitchen fridge]. They are perfect for charging a computer or phone for communication, keeping a medical device charged, running a small electrical device. If someone needed to keep medication cold, I could power a small mini fridge. ... During the last PSPS we had the basic battery backup setup at my house. We were able to keep our internet dish/router powered and our phones changed for five days, so that we could stay updated with news. That basic setup would cost approximately $900-$1000."

    Previous post re PG&E's YETI battery:

    WMCS, Marin Center for Independent Living and PG&E are looking to provide YETI portable batteries to residents who rely on an electrical device for living and will be impacted by the upcoming public safety power shutoffs that PG&E is sure to be scheduling in the near future. The process is incredibly simple and there is no medical proof required or income eligibility to qualify.  Even CPAP breathing machines qualify! The batteries arrived and we’re anxious to spread the word to West Marin residents. [...] I am the WM contact so if anyone wants to hear more about the service or would like me to personally help them fill out the form, I am available to make Covid-19 safe, distant house calls. Here is the link to the super simple application.Public Safety Power Shutoff APPLICATION and a link to the website with more info on the services Marin Center for Independent Living provides. https://www.marincil.org(link is external)

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me [Alex] with any questions. I hope we can secure back up batteries for WM residents who need them. 
    Best, Alex Porrata, PSPSOutreach Coordinator
    alexporrata@me.com(link sends e-mail)
    C. 415 300 6401 H. 415 669 9739

    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sat, Aug 15, 2:44pm
    West Marin

    The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Entire Bay Area for predicted lighting, which is in effect from 11 PM this evening (Saturday) to 11 AM Sunday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame.

    Thunderstorms are forecast to develop over the South Bay and Santa Cruz region before midnight and then spread northward overnight. Not all locations will see thunderstorms, but any lightning strikes will likely lead to new fire starts given the current heat wave.

    For any land use restrictions or closures contact the appropriate land management agency:

    The National Park Service Point Reyes National Seashore is 415-464-5100
    The Mount Tamalpais State Park information number is 415-388-2070.
    The Marin Municipal Water District information number is 415-945-1195.
    The Marin County Fire Information Hotline number is 415-473-7191.

    Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking. ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

  • Alert Status: 
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    Tue, Aug 11, 3:45pm
    West Marin

    I. Guidelines for planning/maintaining fire-smart landscape & support a healthy ecosystem: http://marinmg.ucanr.edu/Fire-smart_Landscaping/

    II. Climate/Biomass Recovery Study: A working group of the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority/Ecologically Sound Practices Partnership has started a Biomass Recovery study, working in concert with resource haulers and processors, to identify responsible ways to manage the increased amounts of organic material being generated by both wildfire prevention activities and curbside collection programs. The Biomass Recovery study is based on the solution/proposal endorsed by Drawdown: Marin, a county-wide campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically and prepare the County for climate change impacts. https://www.firesafemarin.org/about/news/entry/biomass-recovery-study

    III. Webinar: John Hansen, FIRESafe Marin Firewise Liaison, and Belle Cole, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority's Ecologically Sound Practices Steering Committee member. Topics will include Marin's participation in Firewise USA and a Marin partnership to maintain landscapes that are both fire-smart and ecologically sound.

    When: August 25, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Topic: Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness
    Join on Facebook live stream or via zoom here: https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/j/87382415962
     
    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

  • Alert Status: 
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    Wed, Aug 5, 12:16pm
    West Marin

    Point Reyes Station release., CA: On August 12, 2020 Petaluma Health Center, Inc. (PHC) – which operates 10 health clinic sites in Sonoma County and Marin County, including the Rohnert Park Health Center and three clinic sites in Point Reyes and Bolinas in West Marin – is due to unexpectedly lose Dr. Ajeet Sidhu – a full-time family medicine physician, providing care to Coastal Health Alliance patients in West Marin – as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring him to return to Canada.

    USCIS has denied Dr. Sidhu’s petition to J-1 visa waiver, which had allowed him to serve the people of West Marin.

    Petaluma Health Center is committed to ensuring that patients in West Marin have uninterrupted access to primary care provider during a global pandemic.  Recruitment for a primary care physician to serve the West Marin community is underway, and in the meantime physicians and other providers from Petaluma Health Center will provide care to Coastal Health Alliance’s patients.  

    On July 1st, Petaluma Health Center, Inc. (PHC) merged with Coastal Health Alliance, Inc. (CHA), in an effort to maintain and expand access to care for the people of West Marin, especially given the difficulty in recruiting health care providers to rural areas, which continues to threaten more and more Americans’ access to care.

    Media Contact:
    Pedro Toledo, Chief Administrative Officer
    Petaluma Health Center, Inc.
    707-326-7551
    pedrot@phealthcenter.org

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  • Alert Status: 
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    Tue, Aug 4, 2:40pm
    COVID-19

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    CHA/ Marin County Public Health COVID-19 testing eligibility criteria changes effective 8/5/2020

    Coastal Health Alliance (CHA) has been conducting community-wide, walk-up testing on Thursday morning between 10:00-12:00 since June, 11, 2020. CHA collects up to 75 samples each Thursday and sends them to the county lab for processing and results notification. In an effort to support the county process to speed up turnaround time for testing and focus on identifying the most likely cases, CHA testing will adhere to the following State and County approved eligibility criteria going forward.

    You must live and/or work in Marin County.

    For most  of the groups listed below, Public Health recommends a maximum of one test per month.  Groups, in the order listed below, will be prioritized in their position in the testing line, subject to change based on demand.

    First Responders, including fire, police, park rangers and those who work in high-risk settings (i.e. hospital or medical clinic, long-term care facility, homeless shelter, etc.)

    Essential workers: those who experience frequent contact with the public through jobs such as food service workers, grocery store workers, agricultural or food manufacturing, housekeepers, construction workers, personal caregivers, teacher, etc.

    Those at risk due to age (over 65) and/or underlying health conditions.

    Those who experience COVID symptoms including fever, chills, cough, congestion, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell.

    Those with known close contact with a positive case

    CHA and Marin County are taking steps to improve access to efficient, accurate testing and return test results in a manner that informs good public health.

  • Alert Status: 
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    Mon, Aug 10, 11:03am
    West Marin

    (Update from Alex Porrata re supplying YETI batteries for elec power during outages, below) 

    I. Marin Center for Independent Living (Marin CIL) invites you, your staff, community members with disabilities, their families and caregivers, and the community-at-large to participate in an online EmPOWERment Town Hall webinar to learn more about new resources and supports designed to help people with disabilities live safely and independently in their homes during Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and other emergencies.

    Thursday, August 20th · 1:30-3:00pm (English only); Wednesday, August 26th · 5:00-6:30pm (Spanish only); Tuesday, September 22nd · 5:00-6:30pm (English only). Sign up for the EmPOWERment Town Hall Webinar: WWW.MARINCIL.ORG/PSPS-EMPOWERMENT 

    II. Update: WMCS, Marin Center for Independent Living and PG&E are looking to provide YETI portable batteries to residents who rely on an electrical device for living and will be impacted by the upcoming public safety power shutoffs that PG&E is sure to be scheduling in the near future. The process is incredibly simple and there is no medical proof required or income eligibility to qualify.  Even CPAP breathing machines qualify! The batteries arrived and we’re anxious to spread the word to West Marin residents. [...] I am the WM contact so if anyone wants to hear more about the service or would like me to personally help them fill out the form, I am available to make Covid-19 safe, distant house calls. Here is the link to the super simple application.Public Safety Power Shutoff APPLICATION and a link to the website with more info on the services Marin Center for Independent Living provides. https://www.marincil.org

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me [Alex] with any questions. I hope we can secure back up batteries for WM residents who need them. 
    Best, Alex Porrata, PSPSOutreach Coordinator
    alexporrata@me.com
    C. 415 300 6401 H. 415 669 9739
    Public Safety Power Shutoff APPLICATION Link: https://www.marincil.org/psps/psps-resources-application.php

    III. Also, it's possible we would have a charging station at West Marin School, Patterson gym (if PG&E doesn't set one up out here). This depends on several variables, including length of the PSPS (more than 48 hrs), having enough volunteers, and others. If you would like to help on a 4-hr shift (we'd have sanitizing procedures), please let me know. Thank you.

    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sun, Aug 9, 5:02pm
    COVID-19

    Public Health Officers for Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as an infectious disease physician from University of California health system, will provide the latest information on the recent coronavirus surges and will look ahead at what our region should expect with the pandemic in the months to come. 
    You’ll be able to email questions ahead of time and in real time during the August 5th Telephone Town Hall.  

    Who: Senator Mike McGuire; Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase; Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis; UCLA infectious disease physician Dr. Brewer 

    When: Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30pm  

    How to attend: Dial 877-226-8216, enter code 1762144 and follow the prompts. You will be connected to the live town hall via telephone and you will be able to listen to the speakers providing critical updates. The town hall will be limited to the first 1,000 participants. 

    How to ask a question and get involved with the Town Hall: Email your questions and comments in advance and in real time during the telephone town hall to:  Senator.McGuire@Senate.ca.gov   ~posted by Lynn Axelrod, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org
     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sun, Jul 19, 8:47pm
    West Marin

    Last Free Green Waste Day (July 25) CANCELLED: "Due to the overwhelming response to the Free Green Waste Days for defensible space clearing at West Marin Compost – the facility is at capacity and cannot accept any more material. We are sorry to have to CANCEL the last day. Please pass the word."  Sent from Christie Neill, Battalion Chief, Marin County Fire Dept., Vegetation & Fuels Management Program

  • Alert Status: 
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    Fri, Jul 24, 9:17pm
    West Marin

    10 minutes, 10 questions. This is nowhere as "intrusive" as all the questions from years past. 

    How it's going as of July 20. See chart below. We're still behind (except San Geronimo Valley!). Federal, state & county funding is based on population count and the more census responses, the more accurate West Marin’s data will be to support disaster planning and recovery for the next ten years, in addition to the social services funding we usually read about. It takes a few minutes online.

    Door-knock census taking begins early August if nothing is received:  

    online:  https://my2020census.gov/       

    English call 844-330-2020 ;  Spanish call 844-468-2020

    https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/04/how-census-data-help-the-nation-r...

    Snapshot Response Rate:  July 20, 2020   v.   2010

    Overall United States:   62.30%  v.    66.50%  (2010)

    Overall California:         63.40%   v.    68.20%   (2010)

    Overall Marin County:   71.10%   v.    72.10%   (2010)

    Point Reyes Station, Tomales, Dillon Beach, Marshall, Nicasio:  37.90%   v.  44.80%  (2010)

    Olema, Inverness:         36.40%   v.   51.40%   (2010)

    Bolinas:                          31.10%  v.   44.10% (2010)

    San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, Woodacre:  53.20%   v.   51.90%   (2010) +1.30%

    Muir Beach, Fairfax:      63.20%   v.    68.20%   (2010)

    Information is 100% confidential by law. There is not a citizenship question. Information cannot be shared with ICE, law enforcement, landlords or any government agencies. West Marin Community Services at 663-8361 offers assistance to fill out the form in person

    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

     

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