Public Health Emergencies
Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) strongly recommends signing up for AlertMarin and Nixle to make sure you receive phone calls and/or texts with critical information in the event of an immediate threat to life or property. Learn more about preparing for Extended Power Outages at https://www.marinhhs.org/preparing-extended-power-outages.
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On March 3, 2020, Marin County's Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis, proclaimed a local health emergency as part of broader preparedness efforts related to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The County also proclaimed a local state of emergency. These actions are all about preparedness: ensuring the County’s response to a potential outbreak – should one occur – can remain flexible and as fluid as the current COVID-19 situation, while also preserving the County’s ability to recover costs from state or federal sources associated with COVID-19.
For up-to-date information, visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/.
2020 – 2021 Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES)
Given the need to protect against the spread of COVID, it is not feasible to offer severe weather emergency shelter per our usual congregate model. For the 2020-2021 severe weather season, Marin County will offer motel vouchers at a single motel, with services and meals provided by Homeward Bound of Marin.
As in previous years, activation will be triggered by weather criteria identified by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (below).
Marin County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) is the lead agency monitoring life-threatening events, including extreme temperatures. OES, the Public Health Officer, and the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) monitor weather indicators using data from the National Weather Service and determine if activation criteria is met.
A decision on whether or not to activate the shelter will be made by 3:00 p.m. for activation the following day. In addition to sending an email to an extensive stakeholder list, we will also post activation plans to this website and will also provide a recorded message at: 415-473-6100. The Homeless Outreach Coordinator will also send a group text message to the county’s outreach teams.
Referrals for a placement at the severe weather emergency shelter will be made by Marin County homeless service provider partners:
- Downtown Streets Team
- Ritter Center
- St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin
- Community Action Marin: CARE Teams
- Law enforcement and other first responders should coordinate with the above referral partners regarding bed availability daily.
Transportation will be supported through bus vouchers and outreach staff.
This is a low-barrier shelter, meaning that anyone will be welcome to stay as long as they agree to be respectful of other shelter residents and staff and follow a behavioral code of conduct (e.g. one person per room, no illegal activity, etc.).
2020 – 2021 SWES Activation Criteria
- Forecast temperatures to drop below an average nighttime low* of 38 degrees, and conditions are projected for a minimum of 3 days, or
- Forecast temperatures to drop below an average nighttime low* of 45 degrees for two consecutive days with hazardous conditions (e.g. greater than 1” rain, flash flood watch/warning, wind chills or extreme temperature fluctuations), or
- Forecast temperatures to drop below an average nighttime low* of 40 degrees with hazardous conditions (e.g. greater than 1” rain, flash flood watch/warning, wind chills or extreme temperature fluctuations)
*Average nighttime low determined by averaging the hourly temperatures between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.