Neighborhood Response Teams
Neighbors helping neighbors near their homes
Mont Marin / San Rafael Park Neighborhood Association residents are invited to participate in our volunteer effort to improve personal & family disaster preparedness, by attending our regular Neighborhood Response Team meetings.
With the support of San Rafael Office of Emergency Services, Marinwood Fire Department, County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and more, we have clustered our blocks into walk-able zones that will be assigned to local resident ‘Block Captains’.
The Block Captain will have attended some preparedness classes, and will meet neighbors near their own homes, pass out helpful preparedness handouts, learn about any special needs and contact information in case of a disaster. and do their best to check on your home if there is a Quake or other disaster.
Block Captains are needed in all areas. Please email us at MMSRP_Admin@montmarin.org.
Marin County disaster preparedness website: www.ReadyMarin.org.
Easy downloadable checklists of how prepare yourself & your family,
Downloadable Get Ready Marin and CERT manuals with class schedules,
Special instructions for kids, families, seniors, pets, neighborhoods, businesses and much more
Click here to see what our working draft of our Neighborhood Response Team map looks like.
ANNUAL 'Pretty Big Drill' Sunday Oct 28th, 2018 was a great success!
Mont Marin SR Park conducted another coordinated Neighborhood Response team / Radio drill with our neighbors, Lucas Valley Homeowner's Association. This is the second year in a row we have coordinated our training with nearby neighborhood teams. We set up a CERT Post at Jerry Russom Park and sent team members, with radios, into the neighborhood to simulate emergency radio messages. See photos of the two drills below. We still need new members and some of our blocks have not yet been assigned to Block Captains (and team members) who can check on their neighbors if we have an emergency.
Let us know if you can join us! Drop us an email: MMSRP_Admin@montmarin.org. New members needed now!
Wednesday Jan 27, 2016 - Annual meeting, -
with reps from Lucas Valley HOA & Quail Hill Homeowners.
Wednesday Feb 24, 2016 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting,
with Paula Doubleday (Dominican area coordinator, webmaster of www.ReadyMarin.org)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 - Get Ready Marin personal / family preparedness Class
Marinwood Community Center
Wednesday June 22, 2016 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting,
with John & Lee Howard, Neighborhood organizers in Central Marin (www.nrgmarin.org)
Wednesday July 13, 2016 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting,
5 steps for Block Captains, practice 'Earthquake talk'
Wednesday Aug 24, 2016 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting,
Maggie Lang, CERT coordinator / Preparedness Trainer
Saturday, Sept 10, 2016- 10am-Noon at Mill Valley Community Center-
FIRE IN MARIN - Fire hazard in many parts of Marin is ranked among the highest in the
state and the world! Todd Lando, Firesafe Marin Coordinator
Thursday, Sept 15, 2016- 7-9pm at San Rafael City Chambers
GET READY MARIN basic personal / family preparedness.
Wednesday Sept 21, 2016 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting,
Judy Gronski, Quail Hill Neighborhood Response Control Team
Wednesday Oct 26, 2016 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting,
John Hansen + Bill Davis, CERTs, Marin Valley Emergency Services Team. MVEST
Wednesday Nov 9, 2016 - Get Ready Marin personal / family preparedness Class
Marinwood Community Center
January 18, 2017 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting,
Milt Davis and Henry Warren from Pt. San Pedro Rd. Coalition shared great ideas.
Saturday February 4, 2017 - San Rafael CERTs meet in Terra Linda
including Mont Marin SR Park, Marinwood, Lucas Valley HOA and many other CERTs!
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017, Annual Meeting at Marinwood Community Center.
Great presentations by Bill Guerig, San Rafael Director of Public Works on the progress of the SMART Train,
and Raffi Boloyan, Planning Manager at City of San Rafael speaking about the changes to the Los Gamos Drive
area that will occur when Kaiser moves medical offices into 1650 Los Gamos Drive, and more.
Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting
Tabletop exercise discussion based on earthquake scenario
Wednesday March 22, 2017- 7:30 pm - 9:00pm Get Ready Marin (with Lucas Valley + Marinwood)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Senior Access Center, 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael
MMSRP Neighborhood Response Team meeting / introduction to disaster radio communications
Sunday May 21st 9am - Noon Neighborhood Response Team Radio Drill at Jerry Russom Park
Over 20 volunteers broke into seven teams and successfully carried out a Radio Drill from all parts of MMSRP.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm Neighborhood Response Team Meeting at the Senior Access Center, 70 Skyview Terrace, SR.
We did a short half our 'Refresher' on our Team '5 Steps', reviewed lessons learned in the Radio Drill, and planned more.
Thursday August 10, 2017 7:15pm to 8:00pm Three Community "Scratch" Radio Drill testing different types of radios, multiple frequencies, among MMSRP and Lucas Valley and Marinwood CERT to Marinwood Fire station .... dry run for our Oct 14, 2017 major drill.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm Neighborhood Response Team Meeting at the Senior Access Center, 70 Skyview Terrace, SR. We did a short half our 'Refresher' on our Team '5 Steps', reviewed lessons learned in the Radio Drill, and planned more.
Wednesday Sept 20, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm Neighborhood Response Team Meeting We practiced for the upcoming Oct 14th Drill.
Wednesday Sept 20, 2017 time 7- 8:30pm- Senior Access - 70 Skyview - Neighborhood Response Team meeting
Saturday Sept 23, 2017 3-5pm Annual Ice Cream Social! A great way to reconnect with neighbors & enjoy ourselves.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 Briefing and Q&A meeting prior to the major Radio / Disaster Drill
(The Radio Disaster Drill planned for MMSRP + Marinwood + Lucas Valley had to be moved from 10/14 to 11/4/17 in light of the major North Bay fires).
Wednesday Nov 1st, 2017- 7:30 pm - 9:00pm Get Ready Marin (with Lucas Valley + Marinwood held at Miller Creek School)
Saturday, Nov 4th, 2017 3 Community major Radio / Disaster Drill
Mont Marin SR Park + Lucas Valley HOA + Marinwood CERT coordinated a wide ranging radio disaster drill with great success.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Neighborhood Response Team Meeting. San Rafael Fire helped us understand fire prevention efforts, and how the FireWise program could help us prevent fires like those that destroyed Coffey Park in Santa Rosa last year.
Friday April 6, 2018 - Public FireWise meeting at Marinwood Community Center. San Rafael Fire and Marinwood Fire Staff, helped by Marin Mobile Home Community, told us first hand about how FireWise has saved homes, and can save our homes as well. We need to act on this knowledge.
Wenesday June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm Neighborhood Response Team Meeting at the Senior Access Center, 70 Skyview Terrace, SR. Our team had another excellent Vegetation Management / FireWise presentation by Marshall Nau, SRFD, and also conducted a simulated disaster Radio Drill.
Monday Sept 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm Neighborhood Response Team Meeting at the Senior Access Center, 70 Skyview Terrace, SR. Quinn Gardner, SRFD Emergency Manager, gave us a great overview on Team preparedness & response, with some FireWise tips. We also conducted a simulated disaster Radio Drill in preparation for a planned Lucas Valley HOA / MMSRP drill this Fall.
Saturday Sept 30, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm Our Annual ICE CREAM SOCIAL included Lots of disaster preparedness & FireWise handouts, along with mini flashlights (disaster supplies) for raffle tickets. And - the Silbermann's Ice Cream is always excellent!
Friday Oct 19, 2018 - 3:30 pm BOS member Damon Connolly, San Rafael & County Fire Chiefs & Local Firewise leaders from MMSRP and Lucas Valley toured the lower part of Big Rock Ridge, and discussed prevention efforts with Marin IJ commentator Dick Spotswood.
Sunday Oct 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:00am Our Annual "PRETTY BIG DRILL" at Russom Park CERT Incident Command Post coordinated simulated radio disaster messages (earthquake and fire events) across our neighborhood and linked to Lucas Valley HOA. Another great training event!
Friday January 11, 2019 11:00am to 1:00pm Our Firewise USA™ council met with other Marin County Firewise Leaders.
Thursday January 31, 2019 3:00pm to 4:30pm Our Firewise USA™ council planned for the year 2019.
Wednesday February 20, 2019 - 7:00m to 8:30pm Neighborhood Response Team Meeting - Firewise talk by Cindy Swift, Cascade Canyon, Fairfax We talked about our Firewise USA™ plans, including a Chipper Day, and did breakout discussions on READY / SET / GO fire preparedness.
Friday March 1, 2019 - 7:00m to 9:90pm ANNUAL MEETING at Marinwood Community Center. A great talk by Marshall Nau, SRFD about our Firewise USA™ plans, our MMSRP Response Team, lots of community news, sharing, winning raffle tickets and good company!
Thursday April 18, 2019 3:30pm to 4:30pm Our Firewise USA™ council planned for a Chipper Day this year.
Wednesday May 22, 2019 7:00pm to 8:30pm Neighborhood Response Team Meeting . We prepped volunteers for our Firewise USA™ Chipper day set 6/22/19, updated our Block Captain training, and did a radio drill based on a PG&E Public Safety Power Outage and fire scenario.
Saturday June 22 2019 8:00pm to 2:00pm Firwise CHIPPER DAY. We totally filled the Chipper Truck with flammable plants from many homes in our neighborhood. Kudos to our volunteers!