County of Marin Health and Human Services

Emergency Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shelter in Place Order for Marin County

To contact us for essential services, please use the following resource numbers:

Dial 711 for CA Relay Service

Starting March 17, 2020, most County of Marin Health and Human Services offices and public spaces are closed.
Please call ahead if you have an appointment or are required to be assisted in-person.

Current Status

The Severe Weather Emergency Shelter is not open today.  Emergency updates are also available by phone at 415 473 6100.  

Public Health Emergency 

COVID-19

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. We are closely monitoring regional and state activities related to the Grand Princess cluster, including monitoring return travelers.  

For up-to-date information, visit https://www.marinhhs.org/coronavirus or contact Communicable Disease Prevention & Control Unit by phone at 415-473-4163 or by email: COVID-19@marincounty.org

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 more than 200 of our most vulnerable chronically homeless residents.  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. 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. 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.