FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: EMERGENCY EDITION

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

July 11, 2013 (San Diego) – Before a wildfire strikes:

  • Know where your gas, electric and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them.
  • Become familiar with your community’s disaster-preparedness plans and create a family plan.
  • Plan several escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place.
  • Put together an emergency kit.
  • Ensure you follow your local fire code and adhere to its brush compliance program

During a wildfire:

  • Listen to your portable radio for reports and evacuation information.
  • Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Close garage windows and doors, but leave them unlocked.
  • Confine pets to one room.
  • Arrange temporary housing.
  • When advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Wear protective clothing.
  • Take your emergency kit.
  • Lock your home.
  • Follow the evacuation route that your local officials have identified.