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VIDEO: Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?

| 3:58 PM

Natural disasters can happen at any time and you may only have minutes to evacuate. It’s important to have a plan and to make sure you practice it at least twice a year with the entire family.

Public Safety
The County  offers regular training opportunities for Partner Relay Network members to help them understand what is important to communicate during an emergency.

Partner Network Relays Disaster Information to Vulnerable Communities

| 8:15 AM

In a local emergency, people who don’t speak English or Spanish may not understand urgent information put out by government agencies and media. This is a challenge faced by public health departments and local emergency managers throughout the country, but San Diego County is trying out a solution by partnering with a broad network of trusted community organizations.

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At a recent Countywide CERT training, members from various communities work together to lift a heavy concrete slab to rescue a "dummy" who is trapped just out of sight.

Volunteer Teams Refresh Disaster Response Skills

| 1:14 PM

A three-foot section of plastic pipe wrapped in foam and rigged with tubing squirted out red-tinged water to represent a bleeding thigh. Told to stop the “bleeding,” trained community members were instructed to apply direct pressure, then wrap it with bandages.

Health
A San Diego County Public Health Nurse gives a vaccination as part of the Homeless Outreach Team efforts to stop the spread of Hepatitis A.

County Releases Hepatitis A Outbreak After Action Report

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The County of San Diego released an After Action Report today that summarizes the County’s response to an unprecedented hepatitis A outbreak that began in early March 2017. A local public health emergency was declared on September 1, 2017, and stayed in effect until January 23, 2018. The purpose of an after action report is […]

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SDSO_LilacFire Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

County Releases Lilac Fire Response Report

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Preparedness, regional collaboration, and fire and emergency management resources, coupled with a lucky break in the weather, were credited in a County After Action Report for stopping the December 2017 Lilac Fire’s fast-moving destructive path within 12 hours. The report released Friday also credits heroic actions of first responders for saving lives in dangerous conditions.