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Residents Urged to Review Family Emergency Plans

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September is National Preparedness Month, and the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services is encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to prepare for emergencies.

“San Diego regional emergency managers and fire personnel are bracing for a potentially dangerous fall season for fires due to a prolonged drought that has dried out much of the natural vegetation in the County’s rural areas. The conditions accentuate how critical it is for residents to take steps now to assess the fire and other hazard risks at home, work and even on their commute,” said Ron Lane, director of the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services.

“By identifying hazards in those places where you spend the most time, you can develop a plan to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate those threats.”

This year, National Preparedness Month is focused on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and asking “Are You Ready or Are You Ready?”

Being ready goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks, and having some extra food in the pantry.

Being ready means getting an emergency supply kit, creating a family disaster plan, becoming informed about local hazards, and joining preparedness efforts in your neighborhood such as the Community Emergency Response Team program.

To learn more about wildfire awareness, general preparedness and view a calendar of National Preparedness Month events, please visit www.ReadySanDiego.org.


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