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A key to success with wildfire preparedness is a community prevention partnership among residents, businesses and stakeholders. While your fire department is there for you for the emergency, our best work is before the fire. Please contact them to help you and your neighbors help with preparedness. We have many different ways to assist you and we never close."

Christopher Gray
Fire Chief, San Rafael


Do You Know?

Sonoma County uses the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers system. According to Deputy Public Officer Lisa Santora, the best way for Marin County mental health practitioners to respond now and into the future would be joining the Marin Medical Reserve Corps (MMRC).

Warnings have been issued on rental price hikes after Santa Rosa fires. To make a complaint contact Kristina Warcholski, head of Marin County District Attorney’s consumer protection division.

Check It Out:

Emergency Alert Services To stay up-to-date on information from local public safety departments, sign up with Nixle or Alert Marin.

Help for Our Business Partners in Sonoma California’s Better Business Bureau offers tips and resources to help businesses recover from, rebuild after, and donate to the Northern Californian Wildfires. Northern California Better Business Bureau

Help for Your Business to Build an Emergency Plan The Marin Business Emergency Readiness Program was developed to help Marin County businesses thoughtfully prepare for, respond to and quickly recover from major emergencies and local disasters. Ready Marin Ready Business

Housing Resources for Those Affected by the Wildfires Information about disaster-related housing opportunities and upcoming ordinance changes. Sonoma County Housing Resources 

Housing Resources for Elderly Fire Victims Senior Living Services can connect older adults with a free one week stay in independent living. For more info call Margie Cuitti at 415-531-4663.

How You Can Help with Housing for Fire Victims

Lilypad Homes offers free consulting for homeowners interested in learning how to turn an empty bedroom into a unit. Lilypad Homes

Get Involved!

Volunteer Your Professional Services
Your talents in medicine, public health, safety, logistics, project management, behavioral health, and many other support areas can be put to use for the North Bay victims or for future disasters and large-scale emergency deployments. Join Marin Medical Reserve Corps (MMRC) 

Double Your Donation
Your donation to the American Red Cross will be doubled when you use this special link. Support North Bay Wildfire Relief & Recovery 

Help Rebuild NorthBay
More than 250 community leaders have gathered to form this new nonprofit group dedicated to addressing wild fire recovery. Rebuild NorthBay is looking for additional business, environmental, and community leaders to serve on the committee. Anyone interested, please send an email to

Volume 1, Issue 9                                                                            November 2017

From the Program Director


The views of devastation from the SMART train, the pictures of places completely changed from when we last visited, the images of neighborhoods smoldering. We’ll be remembering the October 2017 Northern California wildfires for years to come. During a disaster like this, we feel that strong connection once again with our neighbors to the north.

Some years ago, friends of my husband lost their dream home. It was a passively heated and cooled home in Texas, with a unique design that meant the home went up, literally, like a chimney. Everything was gone. The restart from the shock and loss took years, and unalterably changed their lives. They never imagined what it would take to rebuild their lives together. They took the first steps and gradually managed to find a new way together.

Yes, it will take years to recover, and it will not be the same. Rob Eyler, at the recent Economic Forecast presented by the Marin Economic Forum, said that reconstruction of homes would begin in earnest in about one year. Just over four percent of Santa Rosa’s housing stock was lost in two days. People need homes before then, some will be looking south, and some will need long-term temporary stays. Housing is a most basic need for all of us, and we will be seeing people seek shelter as winter approaches. Read more



Network Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness


This month we talked to Maggie Lang, Marin County CERT Coordinator who shared about emergency preparedness, special considerations for older adults, and how collaboration is everything in her vision for an age-friendly Marin.

What kind of work do you do?


I am the Coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program for the County of Marin and also work with the Get Ready program. CERT is a national program under FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) with more than 600,000 CERT-trained emergency volunteers.


In Marin, we have 10 CERT classes a year in five different locations, including Novato, San Rafael, Central Marin, Southern Marin and West Marin. Residents from 14 – 90 years of age take the classes with an average age of 52. Classes are about half men and half women. We partner with local fire departments to put on the CERT classes. The classes cost $45 to cover the cost of class materials. We also offer scholarships.


People learn about basic first aid, including how to stop bleeding, move people safely and lift heavy objects, put out small fires and respond after a disaster. These are the people who will step up to help their communities post-disaster. Some of our towns and cities have protocols about how CERTs will respond by setting up a command center. CERT-trained volunteers are ready to work with local fire departments to go out and check on their neighbors. Read more

Network News:

Mental Health and Dementia Workshops Available 
The AAI Detect & Connect workshop helps people recognize concerning behaviors, connect compassionately with older adults and connect individuals with resources. This workshop is perfect for agencies, civil groups, and service staff that interact with older adults. If you are interested in hosting a workshop at your organization click here.

Family Caregiver Support Group 
Alzheimer's Association offers regularly scheduled meet-ups to give caregivers a place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand what you are going through. Sessions are free. Drop-ins are welcome. More info

HEAL Older Adult Funding Opportunity
Marin Community Foundation (MCF) has announced a funding opportunity under MCF’s Healthy Eating & Active Living strategic initiative, focused on serving older adults. More info
Healthy California hosted Guaranteed Healthcare for All: How We Can Pay on October 10 with Economist Peter Arno. If you missed it, you can see the video on their Facebook page.

Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program 
This month, JFCS Seniors At Home's expert staff and guests offer an in-depth 30-hour training. No prior healthcare experience is needed. CEUs available. More info or sign up

A Look Ahead:

TONIGHT! 6:00PM Band Together Bay Area 
A live music benefit with 100% of ticket sales going to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund, supporting community partners working on the front lines to help those hit hardest by the North Bay fires. Buy tickets

TUE NOV 14 CVNL Heart of Marin Application Deadline
Recognition and cash awards for outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. More info

WED NOV 15 Age Friendly Corte Madera Speaker Series Every third Wednesday of the month. More info

THU NOV 16 10:00 AM Section on Aging 
Meets the third Thursday of each month at Alma Via of San Rafael. More info

FRI NOV 24 Age Friendly Fairfax Resources for Older Adults Forum 
A free forum held on the fourth Friday of every month. Email or click here.

TUES NOV 28 #Giving Tuesday
A global day of giving utilizing social media and the generosity of people around the world to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. More info

9:00 - 10:00AM Marin Age-Friendly Support Group
Every first Thursday of the month. Same location as Commission on Aging meeting.

10:00 - 12:30PM Commission on Aging Meeting
Every first Thursday of the month. Schedule of meetings, topics and locations.

To see the full calendar, click here.

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Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is to promote a countywide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of service providers through education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. 

For more information:
Call the AAI support team MARINSPACE 415-492-9444


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