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. Click for 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.
*For a more in-depth review of identifying hazards and preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a disaster, please explore the following pages:
- Identify Hazards
Additional preparedness information and classes are available to residents upon request. Please send us an email by clicking here or call 633-2815 if you would like further information or would like to schedule a class or presentation for your group.