Free "Get Ready" Community Preparedness Course

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As we have seen with the earthquakes in Japan and Turkey and the smaller quakes we experience regularly in the Bay Area, we face a continuing series of earthquake threats across the globe. In Novato, we also face a multitude of hazards including earthquakes, wildfires, flooding and landslides.

To address these public safety risks, a simple and free two-hour emergency preparedness program is being offered to all households in the county through the Get Ready Emergency Disaster Preparedness Program, a collaborative effort between Marin County communities and jurisdictions with a goal to prepare households with the skills and information to survive and cope with a disaster for five to seven days.

Advanced registration is required. Scheduled classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met. Call (415) 897-4361 between 8am and 5pm weekdays for information and registration. The course is free.

Get Ready is a collaborative effort between all the communities and jurisdictions within Marin County with a goal to prepare households with the necessary skills and information to survive and cope with a disaster for five to seven days.


  • Prepared citizens means reduced injuries and illnesses due to a disaster
  • A reduction to the over-burdened emergency first responders
  • A reduction to the over-burdened hospitals and urgent care centers
  • A reduction in the financial burden the city will bear due to disaster
  • A stronger community: people helping each other
  • Gain the necessary information to protect your family during a disaster

Date & Time: First Tuesday of Each Month, 7-9 p.m.

Location: All Saints Lutheran Church, 2 San Marin Drive, Novato

Paula Neese December 06, 2011 at 03:21 PM
My mom and I took this class a short time ago and learned so much. We went away with a shopping list and a new understanding about how important it is to "Be Ready" especially if the "Big One" or any disaster ever happens. You should make the time to learn about all the details. We were surprised about everything we didn't know about other things besides food supplies, flashlights, etc. So much more. The teacher was on point but he made the presentation interactive and lively. His stories was short and to the point. As Nike says it so well, "Just Do It". We need to be able to protect our family, pets, ourselves and our community if the need arises.
Betty Pancakes December 04, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Way back in the day, I was schooled on the "duck and cover" approach to earthquake preparedness (under a desk, one hand over your eyes to prevent injury from flying objects, the other hand over the back of your neck). I understand that's no longer the protocol? And you're not supposed to stand in a doorway either anymore, right?


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