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Natural disasters usually happen when you don't expect it. Instead of saying, "if only I had..."  take some time now, gather your family and make a plan. There are a number of resources available to help you get started, from emergency kits to evacuation plans, and everything in between. We have listed a few.

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 “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”
Will you know what to do in the event of an earthquake? Earthquakes occur around the world, so no matter where you live plan to participate in this year’s “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” earthquake drill on October 19, 2016, at 10:19am Pacific Time. 

The annual ShakeOut gives everyone an opportunity to learn the techniques of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” to be used during and immediately after an earthquake.  To learn more visit the ShakeOut website at http://www.shakeout.org/.

Be Prepared Checklist 

q1. Keep your family safe, by installing a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. In at least 23 percent of all fatal residential fires, no smoke alarms were present.

q2. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.

q3. Make an escape plan with your family and agree on a common meeting place outside; practice a home fire drill on a regular basis.

q4. If there is a fire, call 911 once you are safely outside.

q5. Families can further reduce their risk of injury or death by also installing residential sprinkler systems.

q6. Practice safe fire behaviors and know what to do in an emergency to give your family extra seconds to escape.

Palomar Mountain residents and visitors can sign up for the Palomar Mtn Volunteer Fire Department's email list and get email alerts for late breaking news and information. Sign up here

VC LAST Valley Center Large Animal Safety Team - The trained "hands-on" volunteers will be locally available to assist emergency response officials with the evacuation and care of your domestic animals and pets when disaster strikes. Click here for more information and to register your animals.


VC CERT Community Emergency Response Team - FREE TRAINING for disaster readiness. Mission: To sponsor individual emergency preparedness within the rural and tribal community of San Diego County through training and drills; and, to establish local emergency networks for support and aid in time of disaster. Click here for more information and class schedule.

Be Red Cross Ready! The American Red Cross Personal Emergency Preparedness Kit is a pack containing basic supplies that could prove vital in an emergency.  Contains supplies to keep a person warm and dry, stay hydrated, and treat minor injuries. Lightweight, modular design and small size make it easy to stow, grab and carry. Includes tear-resistant, nylon backpack for grab-and-go access, plus extra room for personal items. Features SmartTab ezRefill System offering an easy way to reorder supplies.  Endorsed by the American Red Cross.


Important Phone Numbers

For up to the minute late breaking news and information tune in to AM 600 KOGO - San Diego's News & Talk Station
For late breaking news briefs in the San Diego County area click here
Emergency Preparedness Information from SDG&E read here
SDG&E Outages Map click here
SDG&E Emergency Updates - call 619.570.1070
To read FEMA's, "Are You Ready-An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" click here for pdf
San Diego County Recovery - Assistance information click here
Cell Phone Registry for Emergency Alerts
To register your phone number click here
Cal Fire Current Fire Info
San Diego County Emergency Homepage
Greater Valley Center Firesafe Council Fire Prevention Tips
HazMat Emergency Preparedness Training and Tools for Responders
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