Category Archives: Disaster Preparedness

FIRE IN MARIN! Free Seminar

This “Fire in Marin” seminar at Angelico Hall (Edited), DUC, presented by Katherine Randolph, is the most comprehensive and detailed seminar given to teach the defense of home and life in the face of a wildfire. Your SR Fire Department, the Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Association, and the Dominican University emphatically encourage you to attend to learn how to save your home and your life.

The DBCNA Wildfire Defense Bulletin No. 5

On How to Save Your Home and Your Life

In June, Dominican / Black Canyon was recognized by FireWise USA as meeting requirements as a FireWise site. For our homeowners, recognition means:

  • Insurance companies are less likely to cancel policies

  • Some insurance companies (notably USAA) offer discounts on insurance

  • We qualify for funding for “Chipper Days” from FireSafe Marin

  • We have an active plan to reduce risk of fire

While recognition is beneficial, on-going efforts to “harden homes” by home owners along with “walk-through-the-yard” inspections from the San Rafael Fire Department, our own Bulletins and the seminar on August 26 by Katherine Randolph are essential.

Latest report from the San Rafael Fire Dept. Inspectors
“All the homes on Lillian Lane, parts of Glen Park Avenue, Hacienda Court have been inspected. Inspections on Villa Avenue have begun. Citations were issued to land owners that affect the Dominican Neighborhood. These three parcels are shown on the map below:


All three land owners have cooperated, including the owner of an 18 acre ($150,000 project) shaded fuel break from Dominican Drive, Glen Park, and Villa Avenue. French Broom adjacent to the homes on Hacienda in open space has been cleared. Vegetation has been cleared for 10 feet on both sides of Aquinas and Scettrini fire roads into open space.”

Doing our part as homeowners:
As much as San Rafael Fire has done, nevertheless, the residents of Dominican/Black Canyon need to do our part to keep our community safe. Create defensible space near your home and harden your home against wildfire. Track your labor and expenses so we can maintain our certification. We would love to publicize before and after photos of your efforts.

The DBCNA Wildfire Defense Bulletin No. 4

On How to Save Your Home and Your Life

Alert Marin sends a notice to your phone(s) of impending life-threatening events. Timely notice could save your life, especially at night. Alert Marin is a free service offered by the Marin County Office of Emergency Services. Sign up here:  

Registration is particularly important because the current list of phone numbers available to Marin County does not include numbers for cell phones or phone services bundled with internet such as Comcast and AT&T.

Only 466 addresses in our Dominican Black Canyon neighborhood have registered with Alert Marin. This is just half of the 904 homes in our neighborhood. All our homes should be registered – no one should be left behind in an evacuation.  So please sign up now.

In cooperation with the San Rafael Police Department, we are planning an evacuation drill for later this summer. We will use Alert Marin to encourage participation. If you don’t want to test your device or receive a notice of this drill, Alert Marin allows a user to opt out of anything that is not a real emergency.

You may have heard of Nixle, but it is no substitute for Alert Marin. Nixle allows local police departments and county emergency management offices to send notices to subscribers. In Marin, Nixle even includes notices of events like road closures. To sign up, go to:

Thought for the day:
“Fires don’t act the way you think they