Emergency Preparedness

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How can I prepare for a disaster?

Step 1: Make a Plan

  • Designate a relative or friend as an out-of-area contact with whom family members can relay information.
  • Involve your children in the planning process.
  • Review and update your emergency supply kit periodically.
  • Learn alternate ways out of your neighborhood, in case the usual way becomes blocked.
  • Plan how to transport your pets.  Find out more information on evacuating horses to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. If you have horses, pre-fill out this mandatory evacuation form.

Step 2: Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit

  • Your kit should consist of supplies stored in easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks or plastic crates.
  • Your kit should include the following items (at minimum):
    • A three-day supply of water (one gallon/person/day) and food for people and pets.
    • Change of apparel plus blankets/sleeping bags.
    • First aid kit, prescriptions, toiletries and specialty items for infants, elderly and disabled.
    • An extra set of car keys, flashlight/batteries and battery-powered radio.
    • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank accounts.
  • Review FEMA's list of how to obtain replacements for important documents.
  • Obtain more emergency supply kit information at Ready San Diego.

Step 3: Stay or Go?

  • During an emergency, you may be required to evacuate or to stay where you are.
  • Sign up for Alert San Diego to receive information sent directly to your mobile device and email.
  • Listen to your radio/TV (KOGO-AM 600 and Encinitas 1500AM) to stay informed of potential evacuations.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take any shortcuts as they may be blocked.
  • Click for information on tsunami and wildland fire evacuation plans.

Step 4: Stay Informed and Share Information

  • Avoid non-essential cell phone use.
  • Text rather than call during an emergency. Messaging is more resilient in a disaster than voice communication.
  • Let loved ones know you're safe. After a disaster, register yourself at the American Red Cross' Safe and Well website so family and friends know you are okay.
  • Visit the City of Encinitas website and San Diego County emergency site for up-to-date information.
  • Follow the Encinitas Fire Department on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Check the CA Department of Transportation website for road conditions and closures.
  • Download the San Diego County Emergency App to receive real-time information during a disaster.
  • Take advantage of additional emergency preparedness resources listed below.

Additional Resources

For a more in-depth review of identifying hazards and preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a disaster, please explore the following pages:

Additional preparedness information and classes are available to residents upon request. Please send us an email or call (760) 633-2800 if you would like further information or would like to schedule a class or presentation for your group.

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