County of Marin Health and Human Services

Emergency Information

Current Status
Severe Weather Emergency Shelter

There are no active emergencies in Marin County at this time. The Severe Weather Emergency Shelter will not be open tonight.  Emergeny information updates are also available by phone at 415 473 6100.  

Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES)

Health and Human Services (H&HS) is the primary funder of 165 of Marin’s 190 year-round emergency shelter beds. In 2018, Marin County's Rotating Emergency Shelter Team [REST] program ended as the County and homeless service partners shifted focus to identifying permanent housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness. Since October 2017, Marin County and its partners have permanently housed 165 of the most vulnerable chronically homeless residents of our community.  Marin County and its homeless service partners are committed to ensuring that unhoused individuals are offered shelter when weather conditions put them at risk.  The Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) launched in 2019 to expand emergency shelter beds during severe weather conditions.  Based on community and client feedback, H&HS revised criteria for SWES activation effective November 1, 2019.  

SWES Criteria

  1. Average temperature overnight is forecasted to be less than 38.0 degrees, and conditions are projected for a minimum of 3 days, or; 

  2. NEW. Forecast temperatures to drop below 45 degrees [ie 44.9 degrees or below] for two consecutive days with hazardous conditions (e.g. greater than 1” rain each day, flash flood watch/warning, wind chills or extreme temperature fluctuations); or,

  3. REVISED. Forecast temperatures to drop below 40 degrees [ie 39.9 degrees or below] with hazardous conditions (e.g. greater than 1” rain each day, flash flood watch/warning, wind chills or extreme temperature fluctuations); or, 

  4. Hazardous air quality (AQI > 300).

Community Notice 

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.

For Emergency Assistance Dial 911

Marin Sheriff Emergency Information
Marin County Emergency Preparedness Resources

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In the event of a disaster or emergency affecting the Marin HHS community, this site will provide up-to-date information and important instructions pertaining to the situation.