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February 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Magazine is pleased to announce that San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has awarded a $1,500 grant to fund our East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts during the winter/El Niño season.

“We are deeply appreciative of this generous donation,” said ECM editor Miriam Raftery.  “Our alert service is normally busiest during the summer and fall wildfire seasons, but with the severe El Niño storms, it’s crucial to have this extra funding, which enables us to hire the help we need to keep our readers safe and informed during severe weather conditions such as flooding and blizzards.”

Funds are being utilized to send out our alerts via e-mail and Twitter, as well as to dispatch reporters live to the scene of breaking news such as a flooded apartment we covered recently thanks to the SDG&E grant.

East County Magazine, published by the nonprofit Heartland Coalition, also extends our continuing appreciation to the Grossmont Healthcare District, which has also been a generous year-round sponsor supporting our alerts, and to our many readers who have sent individual donations to help us keep you safe and informed when you need news the most.  Heavy winter rains mean new growth and a potentially earlier and worse fire season this year.

You can sign up free for our emergency alerts via e-mail at  and also receive our free weekly newsletter. You can also follow EastCountyAlert on Twitter for brief text alerts on your mobile phone.  

You can donate to support the alerts at