Living in Southern California, many of us understand that we are particularly vulnerable to a variety of emergencies and disasters. The Encinitas Fire Department is committed to protecting the health, safety and property of residents and business owners in an emergency or disaster. By preparing for a disaster before it happens, you can help emergency responders.
Determine which hazards threaten your home and prepare accordingly with MyHazus.
Even if you do not have the time to prepare for each hazard, there are some basic steps you should take to prepare for any emergency:
Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It's the ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people's lives and property through damage prevention and flood insurance. The City’s general plan encourages mitigation through sound land use practices. Restrictions on development within flood plains, building codes that require structures to withstand earthquakes, the City’s non-combustible roof ordinance and ongoing Weed Abatement Program are all tools that the City uses to mitigate the impact of disasters.
You, too, can mitigate the impact of potential disasters a number of ways:
- Create defensible space around your home by remove dead leaves, weeds, dry brush and shrubbery to protect it from wildfires and keep roofs and gutters free of dead leaves and other debris. Learn more here.
- Replace your shake shingle roof with one made from non-flammable roofing materials.
- Retrofit buildings vulnerable to seismic shaking (such as un-reinforced masonry buildings). To view examples of techniques used to retrofit buildings click here. For information please contact the City’s Planning and Building Department at 633-2680.
- Secure items in your home, such as your water heater, bookcases, to prevent them from falling in an earthquake.
- Repair defective electrical wiring, leaky gas lines, inflexible utility connections (using professional help as needed).
- Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves; fasten shelves, mirrors and large picture frames to walls; brace high and top-heavy objects; anchor overhead lighting fixtures.
- For things that you can't secure, conduct a “hazard hunt” to determine where they are so you can avoid them in a quake.
ONLINE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
San Diego County Emergency Website
San Diego County Office of Emergency Services
Ready San Diego
San Diego County Emergency App for Your Smartphone
Disaster Apps for Your Smartphone
San Diego County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
Encinitas Community Emergency Response Team
The Red Guide to Recovery
Cal Fire "Ready for Wildfire", Wildfire Preparedness Info
Recovering from a Disaster—Selecting a Contractor
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross
211 San Diego
Learn More About Hazards in Your Neighborhood
ASPCA Animal Disaster Preparedness
California Geological Survey Website
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
San Diego Gas and Electric
National Flood Insurance Program