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Important updates: 10/22 Wildfire evacuation drill and news on housing development in the Valley

Dear Lucas Valley supporters, Thank you to those that were able to join us for the 10/1 Community Meeting at LV Elementary, we had a great turnout! This newsletter is devoted to two topics:

  • Information about the Wildfire Evacuation Practice on Sunday, 10/22

  • Review of the information presented at the 10/1 Community Meeting

Wildfire Evacuation Practice: On October 22nd @ 3pm - The Marin County Office of Emergency Management will conduct an evacuation practice for Lucas Valley residents. This practice will help residents and our emergency services prepare for evacuation, and help inform decisions concerning future housing development in Lucas Valley. Individual and family planning, preparation and practice is the most critical factor for safe evacuation. Practice and learning what to expect in the event of an emergency is essential. The evacuation practice on 10/22 will include homes from Westgate Drive to Miller Creek Road with a destination of 1600 Los Gamos Drive. Please participate to invest in the future of your community and your safety!


The Details: You will receive notification of a practice Evacuation Order from AlertMarin on your phone or mobile device around 3:00pm on 10/22. If you have not yet signed up for AlertMarin, please do so ASAP at this link.

  • If you have not done a driveway drill recently, this is your opportunity to put your evacuation plan to the test. To do a driveway drill, gather people, pets, and Go Bags in your evacuation vehicle and be ready to go in 15 minutes or less (this is the amount of time you should have from the AlertMarin notification to departure.)

  • If you have already done your driveway drill, just be ready to depart in your vehicle and help learn from the traffic challenges we may face in an event requiring mass evacuation.

  • Consider bringing your Go Bags (or Go Bag checklists) for review with the Office of Emergency Management staff.

Drive your evacuation vehicle east on Lucas Valley Road to the Sheriff’s Office parking lot behind 1600 Los Gamos Drive

  • This drive typically takes 10 minutes but will take longer on 10/22. Consider bringing water and snacks and your mobile device. Other household members and pets can stay home.

  • You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Emergency Management staff at the Sheriff's Office.

  • Fire Safe Marin will provide wildfire preparedness information – come test your wildfire knowledge!

To help us better plan for the practice, please RSVP at lvfrg.org and subscribe for email updates. Here is a link to the flyer LVFRG is distributing door to door. Please help us spread the word by sharing it with your neighbors, and/or also forward this email within your network. Broad participation is needed for this evacuation practice to provide meaningful data. 10/1 Community Meeting Over 90 people joined us at Lucas Valley Elementary for a discussion on three topics: Potential New Housing in Lucas Valley Gervais Tompkin (representing Lucas Valley For Responsible Growth) reviewed the new housing sites along Lucas Valley Road, as well as sites that will be accessed from Lucas Valley Road. Also reviewed were key terms that are helpful to know when following the housing updates. Here is a link to Gervais' presentation. Wildfire Preparedness Kelby Jones (representing Fire Safe Marin and Lucas Valley for Responsible Growth) presented ways we can be better prepared for a wildfire. He provided helpful tips for getting go-bags organized and what to do in case of an evacuation. Here is a link to Kelby's presentation. Information about the Evacuation Practice Steven Torrence, Director of Marin County’s Office of Emergency Management, presented “Five Steps to Get Ready” for emergencies and explained the when, where and how for the 10/22 Evacuation Practice. Here is a link to what Steven covered: Five Simple Steps to Get Ready. Resource List A resource list was provided to attendees. Here is a link to that list. About Lucas Valley for Responsible Growth Lucas Valley for Responsible Growth (LVFRG) is a group of local residents who have come together in response to shared concerns about development decisions related to Marin County’s requirement to increase the amount of affordable housing (Marin's Housing Element for 2023 - 2031). Numerous sites are being developed for housing growth and/or are identified for the potential addition of affordable housing within Lucas Valley. LVFRG supports the development of more affordable housing in our community if it can be accomplished in a manner that is safely supportable with the infrastructure, is commensurate with growth in other parts of Marin, preserves the highly-utilized Lucas Valley Park, and the rich wildlife it supports. Our mission is to engage with community members and elected officials to promote responsible planning decisions in Lucas Valley and ensure that Lucas Valley continues to offer a safe, high quality of life for current and future residents. Please help us grow our base of supporters, by sharing our website, lvfrg.org, with your friends and neighbors and asking them to sign the petition on the homepage. More petitioners means more local influence and a better outcome for Lucas Valley! Thanks so much for your support! The LVFRG Leadership Team - Kristen Brooks, Janet Coyne, Kelby Jones, Marge Kathrein, Meehyun Kurtzman, Susan Morgan, Ginny Pheatt and Gervais Tompkin

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