County urges residents to be disaster ready

Register for AlertSanDiego, Complete Disaster Plan for a Chance to Win Two-Person Tent

With peak fire season nearly upon us, County supervisors Dave Roberts and Ron Roberts and County Office of Emergency Services officials will announce a promotion to encourage San Diegans to prepare for wildfires and other disasters today (Tuesday) at noon. The supervisors will also detail an action taken at the morning Board of Supervisors meeting to improve disaster preparedness among caregivers and disaster shelter workers for people with disabilities, at the County Administration Building, east lawn, 1600 Pacific Highway.

The promotion encourages residents to register with


, the County’s emergency notification calling system, and complete a free disaster plan template with their families. The plan will help them to prepare for reuniting after a disaster and learn what kind of emergency supplies should be kept on hand.

The first 2,000 people to take these steps can win a free tent donated by Target stores. More details will be announced.

Fire predictive services forecast significant wildfire potential through September in Southern California. The potential for significant offshore winds remains high for the fall. Santa Ana winds fueled two of San Diego County’s biggest firestorms in 2003 and 2007.

September is National Preparedness Month, and the County hopes its latest promotion will help people get excited about preparing. AlertSanDiego allows families to get notifications of emergencies in their communities.