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FAQ Topic: Emergency

Local Property Owners

City Staff, in collaboration with the Canal Policy Working Group, have been considering holistic solutions that not only address the rental debt burden of tenants who have been most disproportionally affected by COVID-19, but also the needs of the local landlords and helping to mitigate the impacts they face. Over the past weeks, staff have met with local … Continued

Temporary Rent Freeze

On January 19th, the City of San Rafael City Council adopted a temporary “rent freeze” ordinance for tenants residing in certain residential units through December 31, 2021. The temporary moratorium solely applies in two designated US Census Tracts, Tract Nos. 1122.01 (Canal Neighborhood) and 1122.02 (Southeast San Rafael and Canal neighborhood), which have been most disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and … Continued

Eviction Moratorium

On January 12, the Marin County Board of Supervisors reinstated the local eviction moratorium, which will be effective starting on February 1, 2021 and will expire on June 30, 2021. The countywide moratorium prohibits evictions based on non-payment of rent due to COVID-related financial impacts and prohibits property owners from charging late fees on rent owed in this period. The … Continued

Rental Assistance Funding

City staff have partnered with the County to support the allocation of emergency Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for rental assistance and small business support. City and County leadership worked alongside community leaders to develop a partnership with the Marin Community Foundation that helped to secure additional rental assistance funding. As a result, the County is … Continued

City & County Resolutions

In November 2020, the San Rafael City Council and the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted matching resolutions recognizing the disproportionate impacts that COVID-19 is having on our communities of color. In addition, a commitment was made to pursue bold, equity-driven solutions to protect those individuals and businesses that have been most impacted.

Training Opportunities

Full Basic CERT Class – Hybrid  Become a CERT member and learn how to help after a disaster. The class is offered in an online “hybrid” format meaning you will complete the class work online and have 1 in-person training day to practice the skills you learned. Registration is available through

Steering Committee

Steering Committee meetings are scheduled as needed. Contact Manny Albano ( to be added to the invite list.

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?

If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving a community, it may be necessary to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety – a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  Beginning with the 2019 wildfire season, PG&E announced expansion of their PSPS program to include all electric lines (distribution … Continued

What if I need Electricity and Battery-Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices?

Update your contact information with PG&E at or call 1-866-743-6589. Follow Pacific ADA Center’s recommendations Power Outage Information Sheet. Review and update the American with Disabilities Act’s Emergency Power Planning Checklist every 6 months Medical Condition Specific Preparedness Plans Emergency Information: AFN Communication How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages Emergency Power Planning … Continued

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