Public Safety

San Diegans Upgraded Disaster Readiness With Improved App

How would you get your information while on the go in an emergency? More than 23,000 people can just look to their smartphone or tablet with the newly upgraded SD Emergency app.

Last month, San Diego County officials urged residents to Resolve to Be Ready by downloading or re-installing the updated SD Emergency App, which has been significantly improved since its original release in 2012.  

To further encourage residents to take specific actions to get ready for a disaster, the Office of Emergency Services also gave a free two-person tent donated by Target to the first 3,000 people to download the app and take a couple other steps to prepare.

The campaign attracted 10,000 new app users, and more than 13,250 people updated the previous version of the app on their Apple devices between Jan. 6 and Jan. 26, the Resolve to Be Ready campaign period. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

In order to qualify for the free Target tent, people were also asked to register for AlertSanDiego, the county’s public notification system. By registering for the free service, people can receive messages from the county by phone call or text on their mobile phone in the event of an emergency affecting their community.

More than 4,400 people registered as part of the Resolve to Be Ready campaign.

Residents who qualified for a tent were also asked to bring in a copy of a Family Disaster Plan, which they could complete in the SD County Emergency App.

“We want to thank all the people who took these extra steps to better prepare themselves for an emergency by putting important information at their fingertips and creating or updating their home emergency plan,” said Holly Crawford, Office of Emergency Services director.

The improved SD Emergency app includes sharing capabilities, new notifications and disaster recovery features. The app helps residents prepare for disasters, stay informed throughout an emergency and get back on their feet after a disaster has passed.

SD Emergency aims to put critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips during a regional emergency. The app includes a detailed map and news updates from the County’s Emergency Operations Center about subjects such as road closures, evacuation areas and shelter locations. It also includes County, CAL FIRE, and other local social media feeds.

The campaign may be over, but it’s not too late to prepare. To download the free app, visit

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