County of Marin Health and Human Services

Emergency Information

Marin County Office of Emergency Services (OES) and Marin County Public Health monitor weather conditions provided by the National Weather Service (NWS). 

There are no emergency activations at this time.  The Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) at the Kerner campus is closed.

Visit Marin's Public Emergency Portal to stay up-to-date:

Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL) offers free emergency planning and resources for Marin residents living with disabilities.  Visit their Powered & Prepared site to learn more. MCIL has developed personal preparedness plan materials (instruction booklet and workbook). If you'd like free printed versions mailed to your home, please contact Maurice Pollard, Information & Assistance Navigator, or call 415-459-6245 x10.

Page last reviewed: February 6, 2024

Public Health Emergencies

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 emergencies and disasters at

For Emergency Assistance Dial 911

Emergency Response 

Marin County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the lead agency monitoring life-threatening events, including extreme temperatures. OEM and the Public Health Officer monitor weather indicators using data from the National Weather Service and determine if activation criteria is met.  The Marin Operational Area (OA) Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) outlines planned emergency responses to incidents affecting Marin County.  The Extreme Temperature Emergency Annex establishes a system for identifying and responding to potential extreme temperature events.

Shelter Operations

Sheltering is a protective emergency response action. Marin County Health and Human Services (Marin HHS) activates Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) operations based on criteria.  Marin HHS works with homeless service provider partners to coordinate outreach and access to severe weather emergency shelters. 

SWES Activation Criteria
  • New. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast calls for a minimum of three (3) days of overnight (10 pm to 6 am) temperatures of 36 degrees or less lasting for three (3) hours or more, or
  • New. NWS forecast calls for a minimum of two (2) days of overnight (10 pm to 6 am) temperatures of 45 degrees or less lasting for three (3) hours or more; and, there is a total of 1 inch or more of rain each night, or
  • New. Hazardous conditions:  NWS issues high wind threat or hazardous conditions county-wide or for a specified geographic area within the county, or
  • Hazardous air quality (AQI > 300) 

Criteria reviewed and updated: November 8, 2023

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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.