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Tiburon brothers create emergency-kits venture after family fire scare

Maureen Durbeck of Florida checks out a Marin Emergency Kit being sold by Tiburon entrepreneurs and brothers Nicholas (center) and Lucas Leiberman at The Boardwalk shopping center on July 22. ‘This works as a hurricane bag where I live,’ she said. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

Tiburon brothers Nick and Lucas Lieberman say they’ve always been aware that living in a state prone to earthquakes and wildfires means they have to be prepared for disaster. But it was family member’s brush with a fire-related emergency that served as a true wake-up call for the teens.

In 2021, their aunt had to suddenly evacuate her Santa Rosa home after several houses two streets away caught fire. She was fine but had to stay at her friend’s store for a while before she could get back to her neighborhood, Nick says.

“She never thought there would be a day she had to leave her house like that,” says Nick, 18 and a recent graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in San Francisco. “That hit us . . . it shocked us.”

Their aunt’s experience, and a suggestion from a family friend, inspired Nick and Lucas, 16 and a current student at St. Ignatius, to start Marin Emergency Kits, creating and selling emergency go-bags that can be kept at home or in the car.

After doing their own research and working with a Utah-based company that helped them source backpacks and some essentials in bulk, the brothers created three types of kits they’re now selling online at

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