What You Can Do During the Disaster

Dealing with a disaster involves more than just preparing for one. How you respond is equally important. The best thing you can do is remain calm and stay informed. Staying informed includes knowing when to evacuate and where to find shelter. Avoid becoming the victim during a disaster by learning how to respond, whether it be for your family or community. Find details about information outlets, evacuation routes, and ways to prepare to be response-ready during a disaster in the sections that follow.

What Is The City's Role During An Emergency?

In a typical year the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) pays about $2 billion to help people and local governments recover from disasters. That cost, and the corresponding unquantifiable costs in human suffering, can be significantly reduced if every community, no matter how small, has in place a plan or process for responding to these potential disasters.

The Disaster Preparedness Division of the Fire Department develops emergency procedures, activities, and disaster operation plans to be implemented in the event of a natural or man made emergency. It is also responsible for instituting measures that mitigate the impact of disasters, and manage emergency response and recovery activities during and after an emergency or disaster.

In an emergency or disaster the City’s Emergency Operations Center is activated. The mission of the Encinitas Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is to respond to catastrophic events by providing centralized management of the City’s emergency response personnel, resources, facilities, and mutual aid assistance given the city. The EOC Director will direct the strategic allocation and deployment of its resources and coordinate emergency response information, planning and operational priorities. When managing a disaster or emergency, staff within the EOC are involved in five major functions: Management (or Command), Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Finance. In a nutshell, management sets the City’s mission during a disaster; Operations carries out the mission; Planning plans and documents the mission; Logistics supports the mission; and Finance pays for the mission. These functions come together to form the basis of the City’s emergency response organization. 

Picture of 20 emergency workers in an office building wearing orange vests talking in small groupsA small group of people are receiving training at city hall. They are wearing brightly colored vests and there are maps on display