Public Safety

Share to Prepare for Emergencies

Have you lived through an earthquake, fire or tsunami? Ever evacuated from a hurricane or taken cover from a tornado? We want to hear your story! Were you prepared for the disaster you encountered? And what did you learn from the experience that you can share with others?

Living through a catastrophe can prompt you to assemble emergency supplies or prepare a family disaster plan. However big or small the event, we invite you to share your motivation to prepare. Take a photo or a short video and tell us your reason on your personal Facebook and Twitter account by adding hashtag #SDSharetoPrepare and ask your friends and family to share it and tell their own story. Your story might inspire someone or many to do the same.

The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services will be monitoring photo and video entries on Facebook and Twitter, and the post with the most shares and/or likes will win a two-night camping voucher for any County park courtesy of San Diego County Parks and Recreation and a two-person tent, donated by Target.

The person with the top shares and likes of his or her #SDSharetoPrepare post will get a tent like this one and a reservation any County park.

The Share to Prepare social media campaign will continue through February 23. The winner will be notified in early March.

In addition to the grand prize, the first 1,000 San Diego County residents to register for AlertSanDiego, the County’s emergency mass notification system, will be mailed a pocket first aid kit to add to your home or auto emergency kit.

So what is your story? Maybe you were helped by a disaster volunteer or you have served as one. It doesn’t have to be dramatic either. Maybe you are just pragmatic, maybe you just became a parent and your child motivates you to prepare for emergencies, maybe your job requires you to do it, or perhaps you’re a seasoned doomsday prepper. In any case, get out your camera phone or selfie stick to share your story for a chance to win and inspire. And don’t forget to hashtag it #SDSharetoPrepare.

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