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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.
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.
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.