September is National Preparedness Month, a timely reminder to take action and to prepare for emergencies. To kick off the month, we gathered up the top tips and tools from the Poway Fire Department to share with our Poway residents and businesses.
- Fire Chief Mark Sanchez recommends making sure your email and cell phone are signed up with AlertSanDiego, which is the county’s emergency notification system. This is the city’s primary resource for contacting residents in an emergency and providing evacuation notifications during fires. All landlines are automatically a part of this database, but by registering your email/cell, you won’t miss a notification if you’re away from home.
- With Poway’s wildland-urban interface, our community has been affected by its share of wildfires. That’s why Deputy Fire Chief Jon Canavan recommends the Ready, Set, Go section on the city’s website. This program was developed by firefighters specifically for residents who live in areas that are at a high risk for wildfires.
- Build a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. Poway’s Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Susy Turnbull recommends Prepare San Diego, a website developed by the local Red Cross chapter. It includes disaster preparedness tip sheets and a section on mobile apps for not only preparing for disasters but how to get help when one hits.
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