Emergency Response

BMKCSD Emergency Response

The ERT’s goal is to ensure the safety of the people and property within our boundaries. This year we have already secured 12 communication radios, a portable generator, a water pump and some medical supplies. We have already begun reaching out to the Novato Fire Department and the Marin County Office of Emergency Services. However, a lot more work needs to be done and we need volunteers. For more information click on the following link: http://www.bmkcsd.us/emergency-response-team/

BMKCSD Block Captains

The Block Captain Program is a great way to assist and recovery response in the event of a catastrophic natural disaster. They provide volunteer block captains where each will be a key player between residents and emergency operations efforts. For the block captains to be effective, it is vital that we know a little about your household. Below are details from the section on Block Captains from BMKCSD's Website, but considering the importance of this information, we've posted the following information. Please click here to learn more, and to volunteer!

Disaster 101

Why Bel Marin Keys is Vulnerable

There a many wonderful aspects to living in Bel Marin Keys , but one of the downsides is that we are vulnerable to natural disasters – earthquakes, flooding, and wildfires, in particular. We live in close proximity to some of the country’s most dangerous fault lines.

Living on the water and close proximity of the wetlands makes us vulnerable. A major hydrological event could take out our one road in and out of the community and thereby cutting us off from the outside world. Modeling suggests we could be on our own for 5-7 days, possibly without electricity, water, sewer or communications. It is vital that we work together as a community during this time. Getting prepared is the first step.

Get Ready

Are You Ready for the Big One?

If there is one thing we know about natural disasters, it’s that they are unpredictable. Intellectually we know the risks we face are great, yet many of us remain woefully unprepared for a catastrophic event. Depending on the type of event, we could be forced to evacuate at short notice or, alternatively, have to shelter in place for a sustained period of time with severe impediments which could include:

  • No electricity, water, or sewer.

  • Failing communications.

  • Bel Marin Keys inaccessible.

  • Residents separated from family members.

  • Injuries.

  • Fire and police departments dealing with more serious situations and unable to respond quickly to issues in Bel Marin Keys .

The critical piece to keeping your family safe, is being prepared. Here are the key steps:


Sign up for Alert Marin to receive emergency notifications via email, phone and text from your local fire and police departments. Program 840 AM on your car radio. This frequency will be used to broadcast across the Peninsula in the event of a disaster.


Navigate to Ready Marin, which outlines preparatory measures that all residents should take. Here is the Ready Marin Checklist Bundle (PDF).


Know who your block captains are and register your household information with the District.


Familiarize yourself with Bel Marin Keys Evacuation Map (PDF). (to be completed)


Take a Get Ready class. The class covers the A-Z of how to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of disaster. These classes are hugely popular so don’t delay in signing up. Space is limited

Emergency Preparation

Emergency Alerts

The tools located here are available to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) to warn residents and visitors in Marin County about threats to life and property. We use these tools at the direction of incident commanders and tailor use of the notification tool to the incident/disaster. We recommend at least signing up for "Alert Marin".