The Southern Marin Fire District strongly encourages residents to prepare for upcoming winter storms, power outages, and all high tide events. We recommend that residents prepare themselves and their property from the possibility of wind and water damage.
Stock up on Sandbags
Residents are urged to initiate their winter preparedness measures early in the season by seeking sand and sandbags should they need them. Sand and bags can be purchased at local hardware stores. Watch a video on how to fill and place sandbags.
Sand and Sandbag Locations
These locations have limited stockpiles of sand for emergency use during the rainy season.
Sand, bags, and shovels are supplied at the below sites. Note: It's a good idea to bring your own shovel as sometimes the shovels go missing.
Mill Valley Residents (3 locations)
- Fire Station #7, 1 Hamilton Drive
- Boyle Park, 47 Thalia Street
- At the intersection of Molino Drive at Cascade Drive
Sausalito Residents (2 locations)
- Sausalito Corps Yard, 530 Nevada Street
- MLK / Park School, 610 Coloma Street
Strawberry & Alto Residents
- Miland Drive, first left off of Seminary, by the 7-11. Sand is located next to the fire road gate approximately 500 ft up the hill on the left
Tam Valley Residents
- Tennessee Valley Road at Marin Avenue, across from TCSD
- Blackie’s Pasture
Click here for a map of sandbag locations.
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Downed Power Lines
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Prepare for Power Outages
Do not use candles due to fire risk.
If you have a standby generator, inform PG&E and make sure that it's installed safely.
If your power goes out, unplug or turn off all electric appliances, including computers and printers. Otherwise, when power is restored, several appliances may come back on at once and overload your circuits or hot appliances may come on while you're away or asleep and pose a fire hazard. Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
If you come across a downed power line, stay away from it and call 911. In the event of a power outage, information on the outage can be obtained at (800) 743-5000.
Before your power goes out, make ice in 2-liter soda bottles.
Some Tips to Prepare for Flooding:
- Move vehicles to higher ground, especially in flood-prone areas.
- Move items stored in low-lying areas, such as basements or other areas that have flooded in the past.
- Drive with Caution: When driving in the rain, use extra caution and always have your headlights on. Remember, if you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights. Please obey the speed limits and follow other traffic at a safe distance.