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When disaster strikes, do you know what to do? Where to go? Are you prepared today for what may come without warning tomorrow? Admittedly my household is under prepared. The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services provides essential educational resources to help us prepare to spring into action when the very next steps we take are critical for our very survival.

We can start by learning how to start planning and preparing today to take care of ourselves, our families and neighbors in the event of a catastrophe. Know where there Tsunami routes are at our beaches. Learn how to protect your property from wildfire.

The following information was provided to us by Candace Hadley (via our good friend and community service champion Bob Link) and is a great starting point. Candace Hadley is a Disaster Outreach Specialist with the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services Department.

When selecting a disaster resource conduit, which language do you prefer?

English County preparedness webpage:www.ReadySanDiego.org

Spanish County preparedness webpage:www.ListoSanDiego.org

What is the current situation?

County Emergency webpage:www.SDCountyEmergency.com

County Recovery webpage:www.SDCountyRecovery.com

Get notified of emergency from anywhere.

AlertSanDiego: Register your cell phone, VoIP phone, and email address withAlertSanDiego, the region’s emergency notification system, to be notified of evacuations and other important actions you should take during a disaster your area www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego.

  • AlertSanDiego is the emergency mass notification system used by emergency response personnel in San Diego County to send evacuation instructions and other disaster information through calls, text and email. Listed and unlisted landline phone numbers are already in the AlertSanDiego database, however, cell phone numbers, VoIP phone numbers and email addresses are not and must be registered.
  • Residents can also request to get information in American Sign Language through Accessible AlertSanDiego.

SD Emergency App: Download the no-cost SD Emergency app to get hazard information, interactive preparedness checklists, incident updates, emergency maps, recovery resources and more in the palm of your hand, wherever you go. Available in English and Spanish for iOS (App store) and Android (Google Play store) devices. Learn more at ReadySanDiego.org/SDEmergencyApp.


Make a Plan: According to a recent County survey, only 38% of San Diego residents have an emergency plan. Have you completed a disaster plan for yourself and with your loved ones? Visit readysandiego.org/make-a-plan to get started on your disaster plan today.

  • preparedness plans! Visit thePet Disaster Plan webpage to learn more. Also, check out this Pet Preparedness video.
  • Do you live, work or go to school near a fault line, in a floodplain, or wildfire hazard area? Use the Know Your Hazards map tool to discover the level of risk for wildfires, earthquakes, flooding and tsunamis in your area and the steps you can take to be better prepared at ReadySanDiego.org/know-your-hazards.
  • Caregivers play an essential role in the everyday lives of the people under their care, as well as in disaster preparedness. Home care providers can take steps now to ensure that the people they care for will be prepared and have the supplies they need to survive during and recover after a disaster.
  • Download and complete a disaster preparedness plan for people who may need assistance and their caregivers today atreadysandiego.org/make-a-plan.

Build an Emergency Supplies Kit: If you only had 15 minutes to evacuate, do you know what you would take with you? Everyone in your household should have an emergency supplies kit, with enough supplies to sustain you, your family and pets and/or service animals for at least 3-5 days following a disaster. The good news? Many of the items you need may already be in your home. For a complete list of recommended supplies, visit ReadySanDiego.org/BuildaKit.

Get Involved: Learn more about Community Emergency Response Team’s (CERT), local CERT programs throughout the region, and how you can join at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/oes/community/oes_jl_CERT.html

Be sure to share this article with loved ones so that we can all educate ourselves and be prepared to mitigate disasters in our communities and save lives when they occur.