|Marin InterAgency Disaster Coalition
The formation of the Marin InterAgency
Disaster Coalition began in 1989 with informal staff discussions
between the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
The original intent was to coordinate emergency response
services and to recruit other agencies to participate
in an integrated plan. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake
on October 17, 1989, the Marin Community Foundation convened
a meeting of agencies to discuss countywide planning and
organization. Goals were established and the Inter-Agency
Disaster Response Plan was created.
The original key service agencies were recruited. This
group met on an informal basis until 1995. The Vision
Fire in Inverness demonstrated the value of an inter-agency
operational plan. As a result, this group became committed
to institutionalizing disaster services within their respective
agencies and to strengthen their collaborative efforts.
The Marin InterAgency Disaster Coalition seeks to expand and improve the disaster resources of private sector human services organizations.
Minimize the duplication of disaster
Identify and advocate for the closure of gaps in disaster
mitigation, preparedness, response, relief and recovery.
Recruit other agencies and organizations to make a commitment
to collaborate in providing disaster services.
Assist agencies in orderly emergency preparedness planning.
This is imperative for agencies to effectively survive
the impact of a major disaster and be able to maintain
service to clients, expand services and/or client base,
and be a resource to the immediate community.
Coordinate the flow of information and requests for resources/services
between the private sector agencies and the County emergency
Participate with public and private agencies in promoting
and providing community information and education.
The Marin InterAgency Disaster Coalition
serves all of Marin County, population 240,000. Most of
the population is in the eastern part of the county, along
Highway 101, south to north, and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard,
east to west in the central part of the county. There
are five major roadways that connect Marin County to other
areas. Highway 101 south and north, Highway 37 northeast,
Highway 580 east, and Highway 1 north. Four of these have
bridges at the entrance to the county. There are eight
small rural roads that connect Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Marin County is a triple risk area - susceptible to damage
from winter storms, destruction from urban and wildland
fires, and devastation from earthquakes. Any of these
events could require more than public agencies have the
capability to deliver. An earthquake in combination with
storms or fires could be catastrophic.
It is expected that a major earthquake on the Hayward
fault could leave Marin County cut-off from surface access
and movement within the county could be severely limited.
Projections indicate up to 58 locations where roads could
be impassable. In addition, outside resources would be
focused on the more populated and more severely impacted
east bay communities.
The Marin InterAgency Disaster Coalition
(MIDC) is recognized as the vehicle in Marin County to
coordinate private sector resources serving human and
animal needs following a disaster. The very nature of
its collaborative make-up allows for the connection of
other human services related private agency or organization
in Marin County. Local private non-profit agencies and
organizations are a tremendous asset in a disaster. Those
serving specific populations know their clients' needs.
Other agencies serve the broad public on an as needed
basis. However, many of these agencies need help to become
prepared to operationally survive a disaster and to deliver
services in a disrupted environment.
MIDC has resources available to agencies to guide and
assist them in their preparedness efforts. MIDC developed
two games, Disaster Planner and Disaster Master to help
develop and test emergency plans. MIDC also created a
comprehnsive fill-in-the-blanks guide for non-profit agencies
to develop their emergency preparedness plan. Through
a representative on the Operational Area Disaster Council
and a position in the County Emergency Operation Center,
MIDC can increase the effectiveness of agencies by integrating
them into the disaster services network and linking them
to the county operational system.
MIDC is organized in functional groups. Each member agency has a lead responsibility for a functional area of services. They are committed to assuring an effective response, given the specific conditions in a disaster. This is done with their own resources as well as coordinating the efforts of other agencies.
Capt. Cindy Machado
Marin Humane Society
Marin Community Food Bank
Capt. Ron Gilden
The Salvation Army 415-459-4520
Marin Nexus/The Volunteer Center of Marin
Stephen Parsons Community Mental Health
Office of Emergency Services
American Red Cross
Division of Social Services
Rev. Kevin Tripp
Marin Interfaith Council
Marin InterAgency Disaster Coalition
c/o Meg Valentine
650 Las Gallinas Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94903
Marin County Office of Emergency Services