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Wildfire Awareness Month: 5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for An Emergency

As we observe Wildfire Awareness Month, we're providing valuable tips to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared for any unforeseen emergency. Our region is prone to various natural disasters, ranging from earthquakes to wildfires and flooding. Since we cannot predict when the next disaster will strike, it is crucial to be prepared beforehand.

Would you and your family be prepared to activate your emergency plan if we had an emergency? Below are five tips for getting you and your family ready.

1. Emergency preparedness plan: Take the time to write out an emergency preparedness plan. Your plan should be tailored to meet your specific needs, such as preparing for elderly and disabled family members as well as pets. Be sure to update your plan at least once a year, as your situation may change over time. Learn more on how to develop a plan at ReadySanDiego.org.

2. Emergency supply kit: Have an emergency supply kit assembled that includes items you may need at home or in the event of an evacuation (e.g., prescription medications). Store the items in easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks or plastic crates. Here is a Build A Kit guide for your reference. If you don’t want the hassle of assembling supplies, the good news is many retailers sell prepackaged survival kits.

3. Create defensible space: Wildfires have become a year-round threat in California. During a wildfire, firefighters can be stretched thin. By clearing the vegetation around your home, you have a better chance of saving your property whether firefighters can get to it in time or not. Click here to learn more.

4. Stay informed: Download the county’s San Diego Emergency App for emergency updates, interactive emergency maps and shelter locations. Also download our app at sdge.com/mobileapps to stay informed about outages and power restoration status. 

5. Know the basics of natural gas and electric safety: If a person or piece of equipment comes in contact with a power line, or if a line is down or broken – DON’T touch the person or equipment involved. The line may still be energized and dangerous. Call 911 and SDG&E at 1-800-411-7343. If you smell a natural gas odor, hear the hissing sound of gas escaping, or see other signs of a leak call SDG&E or 911.

Take action now so you and your family are prepared for any type of emergency that may impact our region. Learn more at sdge.com/wildfiresafety.