Community Response Team Update 8/5/23

Mark Switzer • August 9, 2023

Community Response Team Newsletter Public Health & Emergency Preparedness Updates August 5, 2023


Dear Community, Wow, this summer is flying by! With the summer in full swing, the risk of disruptions from Wildfires also increases. That makes it a great time to attend our upcoming forums on disaster preparation that the West Marin Community Response Team is sponsoring, in partnership with Ross Valley Fire, The Point Reyes Disaster Council, The San Geronimo Valley Readiness Group Disaster Group, The Dance Palace, West Marin Community Services and The San Geronimo Valley Community Center. These extremely useful forums will teach 5 simple steps to prepare for a disaster and will take place on August 22 at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and August 31 at The Dance Palace. They are free and include some good food, as well as assistance in signing up for disaster alerts. Being ready can make a big difference in a disaster! Another way to make a big difference is to donate blood. There are still slots available for our upcoming Blood Drive on August 12th at the Dance Palace. Learn more in English and Spanish here. Our statewide blood shortage is severe and this is an awesome way to save lives. Speaking of saving lives, there is a free upcoming event at Toby's Feed Barn, where you can learn in 15 minutes the basics of stopping a bleed, hands-only CPR, administering Narcan, and using an AED. Learn more in English and Spanish. It will be open to all ages. Also, keep in mind that the lifesaving medication Narcan, which counteracts an opioid overdose is freely available all over West Marin. See locations below. Even more on saving lives! Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in Marin and nationally. You can help save a life by taking action before the ambulance arrives. With the PulsePoint Respond app, you can be notified when a cardiac arrest occurs nearby. The app connects the over 300 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout Marin. You may be the closest person and offer the life-saving care they need. Download the app today.  Although the impact and devastation the pandemic has wrought has greatly lessened, COVID-19 is still with us. In fact, according to Marin County's COVID-19 Dashboard, cases are on the rise. If you need COVID tests, the West Marin Community Response Team still has steady supplies for those in need. Please see our locations and times below. Here, Dr. Matt Willis talks about some fascinating findings on genetics and COVID-19. On a final note, Ritter Center's Mobile Clinic and the SPAHR Center will be back in West Marin August 17 at both The West Marin Community Services' food pantry and The Bolinas Community Center. They offer free to low-cost healthcare services for those under or uninsured plus harm reduction and addiction services. You can see a list of their services in English and Spanish. You can also see their full August calendar in Marin for all their locations here. Take care and stay safe, The West Marin Community Response Team

Our West Marin Community Response Team Booth at National Night Out
See here for the blood drive information in Spanish

The West Marin Community Response Team is sponsoring two disaster preparation forums to learn about alerts & warnings, evacuation strategy, and wildfire science as well as providing support in signing up for disaster alerts.

These events are free, open to all, with food included! San Geronimo Valley Community Center 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, CA 94963 Tuesday, August 22 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (This event is also in partnership with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, VERG & Ross Valley Fire) learn more here The Dance Palace 503 B St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Tuesday, August 31 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (This event is also in partnership with West Marin Community Services, The Point Reyes Disaster Council, The Dance Palace, and Ross Valley Fire) learn more here

This free 15 Minute Course teaches four important life-saving skills, including hands-only CPR, stopping a bleed, using an AED and using a Narcan. It is open to all ages and taught in both English and Spanish! Toby's Feed Barn 11250 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Anytime Saturday, August 19, 10 AM - 2 PM For other locations in Marin County and more details, please see flyers in English and Spanish
The Facts on Narcan What is it?

Naloxone (brand name NARCAN®) is a life-saving FDA-approved medication that is used to reverse the effects of overdoses from opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and morphine.

Naloxone can be administered by bystanders in two ways: through injections (like a shot) or via nasal spray. NARCAN® is the spray version, which comes 2/kit.

Learn more about Narcan in English and Spanish

How to access free Narcan in West Marin

the nasal spray version

See where you can obtain free Narcan in West Marin in English and Spanish

Where to get a COVID Vaccination in West Marin West Marin Medical Center 11150 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Thursdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM no appointment needed, walk-ins welcome See more vaccination locations in Marin County in English and Spanish

Free Take-Home COVID Rapid Testing West Marin Locations Here

If you are symptomatic please test and retest 2-3 days after symptoms start. This is important since the initial test can sometimes be negative, then turn positive in the coming days. If you have been exposed and are not symptomatic, mask and test 2-5 days after exposure.
West Marin Community Services and San Geronimo Valley Community Center distribute tests and masks to local organizations. If you are a business in need of tests or masks, please get in touch with Seamus Tomkins at 415-663-8361 ext. 302
Steps to take if you test positive for COVID 19 There are safe and effective treatments for COVID 19 and they work best when started early. Seek treatment even if your symptoms are mild. Learn more in English and Spanish
Ritter Medical Outreach Team & SPAHR The Ritter Center's Mobile Medical Care and the SPAHR team will have a few visits in West Marin this month. Learn more about their services in English and Spanish. West Marin Community Services 11431 Hwy 1 (Mesa Rd. side of the building) Point Reyes Station CA 94956 August 17 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Bolinas Community Center 14 Wharf Rd Bolinas CA 94924 August 17 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See their full calendar for August here

For more local information on COVID, Medical Providers, Disaster Councils and Disaster Preparation, See our Quick Links page

Please forward this message to contacts who would like to subscribe to our email newsletter. Help us keep West Marin informed about COVID-19, public health threats, and emergency readiness.
Copyright © 2023 Community Response Team (West Marin) c/o West Marin Community Services, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you expressed an interest in receiving Community Response Team updates from West Marin Community Services. Our mailing address is:
West Marin Community Services
11431 Highway One, #10
P.O. Box 1093
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956