Keep your eyes out for the Blue Evacuation Logos on the pavement. They can be found at the pedestrian routes to direct residents towards downtown Mill Valley. Remember, there may be more than one safe route out of your neighborhood.
When disaster strikes residents may be asked to evacuate their homes to evacuation assembly areas, also know as Community Refuge Areas (CRAs). Remember — residents should only take one car and even grab neighbors if possible. The more cars on our roads, the longer evacuation will take.
If you hear emergency warning sirens, check local TV and radio stations for evacuation information and instructions. Do not call 911.
Always know at least two ways out from your home, workplace, and neighborhood. The City of Mill Valley Evacuation Map (PDF) was developed to show suggested evacuation routes out of the City. It includes primary and secondary street routes, our Steps, Lanes and Paths system and evacuation assembly areas. Depending on the type of emergency, there may be more than one evacuation route out of the City. Please familiarize yourself with your surrounding neighborhood and listen for instructions from emergency personnel when asked to evacuate.
Evacuation Warning versus Evacuation Order
To keep people safe, law enforcement may issue evacuation warnings ahead of major emergencies. An evacuation warning is issued when there is a potential threat, urging residents to prepare for possible evacuation but not requiring immediate departure. Those who require additional time to evacuate should leave when they first learn of an evacuation warning.
An evacuation order is issued when there is an immediate threat to life and property, requiring residents to leave the affected area without delay. An evacuation order in California carries the force of law. When issued, it is mandatory for residents to comply and evacuate the designated area to ensure their safety and well-being during emergency situations.
Determine the Alternate Evacuation Routes
To determine the alternate evacuation routes in your neighborhood:
- Open City of Mill Valley Evacuation Map (PDF).
- One the map is open, enlarge or zoom the map to the size of your choice. 50% is a good working size.
- You can then scroll to your neighborhood using the horizontal or vertical arrows at the bottom or side of the map.
- To print our your map, click on the print icon at the top of the page. When the print window opens, find the print range and click on current view.
- Finally, click on "OK" to print out your evacuation map.
Take your family out walking and discover different routes out of your neighborhood!
Begin Your Evacuation Planning Now
- Develop an evacuation plan and discuss it with your family.
- Walk your neighborhood before disaster strikes and look for alternate escape routes. There are over 175 original steps, lanes and paths in Mill Valley. Many of these allow residents to move between streets and areas. View the latest map of Steps, Lanes, and Paths.
- During high fire danger periods always be prepared to evacuate.
- Preload important papers, photos, and your emergency supply kit/Go Bag.
- Please evacuate when asked to do so.
- Lives take priority over property.
- Take just one car; save the lives of those behind you!
- Be prepared to evacuate on foot or bicycle if necessary.
- Know your community refuge areas as a safer place of last resort.
- If you need additional assistance to evacuate, plan ahead with neighbors for them to help you.