A Guide for Community Preparedness

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Be Prepared

Every disaster, whether it affects one person or millions, has one thing in common...it is disruptive. The greater the impact, the more it disrupts those things we depend upon and often take for granted. Universal emergency or disaster education and preparedness means everyone, regardless of age or circumstance, needs to devote the time, resources and energy to understand and benefit from being "ready" for any type of an emergency.


Get Trained 

In Novato, we offer a free 2-hour course to prepare you and yours in an emergency. Check out a Get Ready training today.

Go beyond the basics and get Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which is offered throughout Marin County. For more information, go to Ready Marin.

Stay Informed

  1. Receive emergency alerts by phone, text and e-mail for your neighborhood, even when you are not home. Register your phones and e-mail addresses at
  • www.alertmarin.org to receive local emergency alerts sent by call, text, or e-mail from the County of Marin Office of Emergency Services, and
  • www.nixle.com to receive emergency messages and related information from both the Novato Police Department and Novato Fire District.

        2.  Check out our monthly emergency preparedness tips or sign-up to get these updates via our e-notify system.

Resources & Guides

Ready.gov--a Federal Emergency Management Agency-sponsored website--brings together facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.

Are you prepared to survive in case of an emergency? Make preparing for at least 72 hours of survival in case of a disaster your priority! "Team Survival" a group of Leadership 2006 participants (sponsored by the Novato Chamber of Commerce) developed an easy to follow checklist to take the guess work out of putting together supplies and tools needed to take care of yourself and your loved ones. View the Disaster Preparedness Checklist.

  • Emergency Services Links compiled by the County of Marin
  • Find Preparedness information at:Ready.gov
  • PG&E Power Outage Map & Information
  • Earthquake information--ABAG Resilience Program
  • Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA)--MERA is a collection of public agencies formed in partnership to provide and operate a public safety radio system. As such, MERA provides a crucial communications delivery system that is interoperable between public agencies in order to efficiently and effectively facilitate critical (emergency) communications.
  • Novato Fire District--in partnership with the City of Novato, provides emergency management service to the Novato community.


Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

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The City of Novato EOC is jointly-operated by the City of Novato and Novato Fire District and provides centralized emergency response and management to the Novato community in a major emergency or disaster. The level of EOC staffing depends upon the situation. The EOC is located at the Novato Fire District Administrative Office at 95 Rowland Way.  

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