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VIDEO: Meet Who Answers Your Call for Help

| 10:53 AM

CAL FIRE dispatchers are your first call for help if you have a medical emergency or a fire and live in Ramona, Ranchita, Deer Springs, or many other communities in the San Diego County Fire Authority district. Dispatchers like Patricia Wilson gather essential information from callers and send first responders to the scene of the emergency, all while staying calm and giving advice as needed.

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Strong Quake Prompts Earthquake Preparedness Reminders

| 12:19 PM

If you felt some shaking on the Fourth of July, and even if you didn’t personally sense it, you have likely heard it was from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in the Mojave Desert near the town of Ridgecrest. The quake is being called one of the biggest in Southern California in 20 years, could be felt in various counties as far as San Diego County and Nevada, and is continuing to put out aftershocks.

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Earthquake Early Warning Tested in San Diego County

| 4:16 PM

At 11 a.m. Thursday, cellphones across San Diego County started sounding off with a loud tone used for emergency alerts. It was part of a test of the California Earthquake Early Warning System, also known as ShakeAlert.

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Photo of an iPhone with an Emergency Alert text.

County to Use Wireless Emergency Alert to Test Earthquake Warning

| 10:00 AM

The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services together with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the United States Geological Survey will be conducting a test at 11 a.m. on June 27 using the Wireless Emergency Alert system. The test will affect all mobile phones in the county area and will evaluate if the system could be effectively used for the California Earthquake Early Warning, also called a ShakeAlert.

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VIDEO: Time to Prepare for Wildfire in San Diego County

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CAL FIRE and the County Fire Authority say don’t let the rainy weather fool you … fire season will be here before you know it. You should have a plan and be prepared now to protect yourself, your home and your community. Learn more at readysandiego.org.

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Man tests a smoke alarm by pushing the test button. Credit: American Red Cross San Diego-Imperial Counties

Fire Authority, Community Agencies Partner to Provide Free Smoke Alarms

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If you are unlikely to install a smoke alarm in your home due to issues with mobility or financial constraints, then you could qualify for a program that will install them for you at no cost. More than a hundred homeowners in the County’s rural areas have already qualified as part of a recent and expanding campaign to equip households with the lifesaving equipment.