Public Safety

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared for Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month. A family puts together an emergency preparedness kit. Image Credit: FEMA News Photo
September is National Preparedness Month. A family puts together an emergency preparedness kit.

Disasters have been all over the news lately: hurricanes and flooding in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast, wildfires in Los Angeles and across western states, a massive earthquake in Mexico. The aftermath in each dramatically shows the need to get prepared prior to an emergency.

For National Preparedness Month, emergency management officials recommend you make a personal preparedness plan, and urge your family and friends to do so as well. They also ask that you plan to help your neighbor and community; practice and enhance your plans and emergency supplies; and get involved and share preparedness information with a community or faith-based organization.

“There are simple actions you can take that will be beneficial in a variety of disaster events,” said Holly Crawford, director of the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services. “For example, knowing multiple routes to and from your work and home, registering your mobile phone with AlertSanDiego, learning CPR and learning how to turn off your utilities. These are all actions that will help your family and first responders during numerous types of emergencies.”

Emergency preparedness can be simple. Review the Perfect 10 steps to prepare yourself and your family if a local disaster strikes.  If you can tackle these recommendations, you will be better equipped to face any disaster.

To learn more about specific hazards we face in San Diego County – such as wildfires, earthquakes, terrorism, or tsunamis – and more detailed recommendations for each, visit www.ReadySanDiego.org. Be aware that one emergency hazard might spur another such as structure fires that can erupt after an earthquake, or prolonged power outages or flooding after storms.

Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact