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Helpful resources to prepare your family, home, yard and community for wildfire.

Adapt to Wildfire Campaign

A new public information campaign that focuses on empowering residents to take part in reducing community risk from wildfire. A variety of messages encourage residents to learn how to take proactive steps to prepare for wildfire.

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When will the Next Wildfire Strike?

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority is racing against an unknown timeline to prepare our community. Find out what work has been completed, what’s next and what residents can do.
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MWPA is Hard at Work

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority is working to prepare Marin for wildfire. Every home in Marin will be visited by a trained wildfire specialist who will evaluate risks on your property.
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Articles

A collection of Fire Safe Marin’s most popular and relevant articles about preparing your family, home, yard, and community for wildfire.

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Fire History of Marin

Marin has a long history of wildfire that has played an important role in shaping the landscape. The response to wildfire’s has changed over the years in the face of climate change and new wildfire science.
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Grappling with Insurance?

This article from KQED gives you the background and context you need to understand the current state of home insurance. The insurance market is in trouble, but there are changes coming that could be a compromise for both consumers and insurers.
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The Defensible Space Inspection Report and Why You Should Open It

The home inspection report is customized to YOUR property and contains: A prioritized mitigation checklist of wildfire risks found on your property by your local fire inspector (including seasonal issues) Pictures of exact issues on your property Map images of locations of issues on your property Financial assistance and access…
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Interagency Defensible Space Program

Check out the 2023 season highlights from the interagency Defensible Space Inspection Program of Marin County Fire Department, Ross Valley Fire Department, Kentfield Fire Protection District, Central Marin Fire Department, and Southern Marin Fire Protection District.
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State of Wildfire Preparedness in Marin

Learn how Marin is preparing for wildfire.
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Marin’s Fire Experts Speak Out

The top 5 takeaways from talking to Marin’s leading fire officials about the tragedy in Maui.
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FREE Chipper Days in Marin

The MWPA sponsors free curbside ChipperDays to remove hazardous vegetation. This article highlights the success and impact of the program. Visit chipperday.com/marin to schedule a pick-up.
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10 Ways to Be Ready for an Evacuation

Be ready for evacuation.  Ten ways to prepare you and your family for a wildfire evacuations.
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Brochures + Guides

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Fire Smart Yard Checklist

Did you know that most home ignitions are caused by burning embers that start fires in yards that will spread to the home? You can prevent this. Creating and maintaining a fire smart yard will protect your home and neighborhood. Use this weekly checklist to keep your home safe.
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Evacuation Maps

Fire Safe Marin and many Marin fire agencies, cities and towns, and other partners, are working together to develop improved wildfire evacuation maps.
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Powered & Prepared

Powered & Prepared is a program of the Marin Center for Independent Living. This booklet provides emergency planning and resources for people with disabilities and older adults in Marin County with a step-by-step personalized action plan.
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Disaster Ready Guide

Listos California emergency preparedness campaign from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.  This guide provides a step-by-step action plan to get ready for any type of disaster.
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Sign Up for Alert Marin

Get critical alerts and informational messages by signing up for AlertMarin and Nixle.
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Basic Survival Checklist

Be prepared for wildfire evacuations by following this basic checklist to make sure you know what to do if you receive an order, warning, or shelter-in-place alert.
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Mobile Home Fire Safety

Fire safety tips for manufactured homes.
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Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service to notify the public and fire agencies in advance of critical weather patterns that may contribute to extreme fire danger. Be familiar with personal preparedness actions to take and what activities to avoid during Red Flag Days.
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Pet Evacuation Checklist

Prepare your household pets for an evacuation during a wildfire. Simple tools to start building your pet’s evacuation kit.
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Pet Disaster Plan

Having a disaster plan for your beloved pets can make all the difference. Not only will it reduce stress, but it will save precious time and possibly, lives. Learn how to keep your pets safe during a disaster.
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Chipper Day Postcard

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority sponsors a free Chipping Program. The program provides for free curbside pickup, chipping, and disposal of vegetation material from residential properties. Registration is required.
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Birdnesting

How to protect birds prior to removing flammable vegetation in your yard. How to survey, what to look for in birds’ behavior, and when to start the work.
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Homeowner’s Guide to Wildfire Preparedness in Marin County

The Homeowner’s Guide to Wildfire Preparedness in Marin County outlines simple strategies for residents to reduce their wildfire risk and minimize the danger to their homes, families, and communities.
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Smart Evacuation Planning – 5 Questions

Be ready for an evacuation by thinking through these 5 questions ahead of time.
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Contractors

Fire Safe Marin is working with the Marin Builders Association to develop a listing of licensed local contractors that specialize in creating defensible space and home hardening. We are still in the planning stage of this project, in the meantime we encourage you to visit the Marin Builders website https://www.marinbuilders.com and the Northern California Association of Landscape Contractors https://www.clcancc.org.

Education + Training

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Home Hardening Workforce Development

The increased risk of wildfires in California has created an urgency to improve homes’ resistance to ignition. These improvements, known as home hardening measures, are simple, low-cost retrofits for buildings and structures to decrease their flammability potential. There is a real and growing need for a skilled workforce to harden…
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Wildfire Education for Landscape Professionals

Fire Safe Marin has established a partnership with the Northern California Landscape Contractors Association (NCLCA). Fire Safe Marin, with support and assistance from representatives of NCLCA developed a training program for landscape professionals. The program includes a basic introduction to wildfire science and recommendations for creating fire-smart landscapes. The program…
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Firewise USA

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Marin’s Firewise USA Program Overview

Neighbors helping neighbors–this is what Firewise USA® is all about. Residents join together as a Firewise site and take actions to prepare themselves, their homes and their properties against the threat of wildfire. They look out for one another and provide those in need of assistance with help in emergency preparation.…
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The Universal Firewise Actions

Develop and maintain a comprehensive contact list of residents Hold regular meetings – we recommend at least quarterly Promote Wildfire Education – utilize Fire Safe Marin resources Encourage participation in bi-annual chipper day events Hold an annual neighborhood walk to reassess hazards and note areas still needing improvement Hold an…
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Evacuation Practice Templates

A practice is an activity that is repeatedly or regularly performed in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. Our goal is for all Marin residents to be prepared to immediately evacuate if ordered by public safety agencies. This means residents should have an evacuation plan, understand our system of…
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Marin Firewise Sites

Link to maps and descriptions of Marin Firewise Sites
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Marin Firewise Program Overview: Slide Show

This slide show is an overview of the Marin County Firewise Program
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Become a Firewise USA Site

Fire Safe Marin will help your neighborhood navigate the process and complete these steps to becoming a recognized Firewise USA site. Communities develop an action plan that steers their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout…
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Power Point Presentations

These are popular presentations on a variety of topics for download.

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Will You Survive a Wildfire Evacuation?

This slide show covers the 3 main reasons people perish during evacuation, Marin alert systems, where to go, how to get there, what to bring and who to contact.
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Science + Research

Research papers, founding documents, and community wide plans.

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Wildfire Prepared, A Homeowners Guide: IBHS

Overview Wildfire Prepared Home™ was developed to help you protect your home from wildfire. The requirements described here are based on years of scientific research by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Our science has demonstrated that, when applied together, these specific actions reduce the wildfire risk to your home and…
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Wildfire Home Retrofit Guide

This Guide includes specific recommendations for how to retrofit existing components of a home to withstand wildfire. Each section contains an explanation of how the component is vulnerable to wildfire and what can be done to improve that component. The illustrations throughout the Guide are intended to show best practices…
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IBHS California Home Retrofit Guide

Research and post-fire assessments have shown that property owners can protect their homes and businesses against wildfire by addressing three clear sources of vulnerability: materials and design features used in building the home or business, the landscaping vegetation located immediately adjacent to the home or business, and the general vegetation…
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Social Media Campaigns

Fire Safe Marin produces a variety of social media campaigns promoting wildfire safety. We invite community members to share these important fire safety messages within their communication networks and broadly. Please tag Fire Safe Marin when posting.

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Community Wildfire Preparedness

September in Marin County is the beginning of the most dangerous part of the fire season. Are you, your family and your home prepared? Here are 9 steps residents can take right now to help protect their family and home from wildfire. This social media campaign is intended to run…
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Ready for Wildfire

Ready for Wildfire is a community preparedness campaign. The campaign is designed to share over a 9-day period to encourage residents to take action to reduce wildfire risk.
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Videos

This section is a curated selection of Fire Safe Marin’s core messaging about creating a fire smart yard, home hardening, personal preparedness, and readying community. Please visit Fire Safe Marin’s YouTube channel to access the complete library of short- and long-form videos, webinars, animations, and Wildfire Watch TV episodes.

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Adapting to Wildfire the Musical

Wildfire safety lessons with goat and friends.
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Goat and Sheep Prepare for Embers

Playful, animated short. Goat and sheep help residents prepare their homes against wildfire embers.
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Goat Prepares for Chipper Day

Fun, animated short. Chippy the chipper truck shares information about Marin Wildfire Protection Authority’s free curbside chipper program.
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