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Flooding and Winter Storm Resources


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

Tiburon Residents

  • Blackie’s Pasture

Click here for a map of sandbag locations.



Storm Conditions
Click here for the latest information about local storm conditions.

Do you live in a FEMA-designated flood zone?

Click here to view the FEMA Flood Map to find out.

Click here to view the FEMA Flood Preparations flyer Flyer  

Power Outages
Click here to report or check on a power outage.

Downed Power Lines
If you see a downed power line call 911 immediately. For more safety information about downed power lines click here.

Traffic Conditions
Check local traffic conditions.

Check the Tides
Click here for a local tide table from NOAA.

Creek Levels
Click here for a direct link to the Arroyo Corte Madera Sensor Page. (Click "Sites"   > "Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio" > "Stage")

Creek Cameras
 View a camera feed of creek levels at Willow Ave. and behind the Marin Theatre Company.

Creek Clean Up Map
View recent cleanup efforts along Mill Valley Creeks.

How to Minimize Flood Damage in Your Home. Click Here for more information.



Questions?  Who to Call During a Storm:

  1. Sausalito Residents
    Please call (415) 289-4170 for all storm-related calls or call the Fire District (415) 289-4155

  2. Marin County Residents
    Please call (415) 473-7388 for all storm-related calls or call the Marin County Fire Department (415) 499-6717.

  3. If it is an emergency - Call 911.

  4. Report a Power Outage
    If there is a power outage, call
    (800) 743-5002 to report the outage. 

Prepare for Power Outages
Have battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages. Have battery-operated flashlights with extra batteries on hand.

Do not use candles due to fire risk.
If you must use candles, extreme caution is urged. Do not use candles near drapes or under lampshades. Keep candles away from small children, and do not leave candles unattended.

If you have a standby generator, inform PG&E and make sure that it's installed safely.
If it's not, you risk damaging your property and endangering PG&E line workers who may be working on power lines some distance from your home. Information on the safe installation of generators can be found on the PG&E website at www.pge.com/generator.

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.
Use empty, clean plastic milk jugs and 2-liter soda bottles or blue ice from your picnic cooler to keep your food cold. With the minimal opening and shutting of doors, food should remain usable for up to two days.

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.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Southern Marin Fire District is to contribute to Greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

We achieve our mission by providing the highest quality local and regional community risk reduction, suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, marine response, disaster preparedness and community education services possible within the resources provided to us.

We are professional, proud, compassionate, highly-trained, and committed to utilizing state of the art technology to provide services that meet or exceed the expectations of our community.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

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