Preparedness is the key to recovery. For tips on how to prepare for emergencies, watch this video from our Former Fire Chief Rick Sitta:
- Know where to go - Do you have an evacuation plan for your home with at least 2 ways out? Do you practice evacuating and meeting up? Map out your home and determine at least 2 ways to get out and have meeting places to do a head count. Practice this plan twice a year and whenever you accidentally set off the smoke alarm.
- Know how to reach each other - Do you have a family communications plan with an out of state contact? Make sure that everyone knows who to contact after an emergency. Remember that texting is a better option than calling.
- Sign up for emergency alerts and follow us on social media - Are you registered with Alert San Diego? Click here to sign up and receive important emergency alerts. Also, follow Heartland Fire & Rescue on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Nixle for updated preparedness and incident information.
- Have what you need ready to go - Do you have your disaster supplies ready to go? Conduct a treasure hunt in your home to see what supplies you already have on-hand. Download the Disaster Supply Calendar to follow a 20-week program to aid in your preparedness.
Taking these few steps and making a few key decisions now, before the emergency, will help when disaster strikes and you are in the middle of the chaos and are unsure of what to do.