September is National Preparedness month and to help you prepare for a disaster, we are offering a few tips.
KNOW YOUR EVACUATION OPTIONS
Know the escape routes from your own home, including the more obscure ones, like out that ground-level window in your bathroom. If you have kids, draw them a map and post it near their door.
You should also know the escape routes out of the community. Drive the neighborhood. Familiarize yourself with the neighborhood fire gates and the streets in and out of the community that you don’t normally travel.
Decide ahead of time where you will go in case of an evacuation, whether it’s a friend’s or relative’s house or a Red Cross shelter.
SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
Technology allows for quick communication in times of emergency.
Sign up for E-alerts from the city at http://www.san-marcos.net/what-s-new/e-alerts-sign-up
San Diego County also offers an app to help communicate emergency information. You can access this through your App Store at SD Emergency.
Additionally, our community has a few Facebook pages which offer updates in times of an emergency. These pages include San Elijo 911, San Elijo Life and PACE- San Elijo Safe Streets.
HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT
Get some basic supplies together and put them together in a single location in your house. This includes food, water, basic first aid supplies and other emergency equipment that you might already have (think flashlights and duct tape). FEMA also offers a full list, if you would like other ideas. Many suppliers also offer pre-packed kits for purchase.
PREPARE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS
Fortunately, many of our important documents and information are stored electronically. However, many of us scramble to gather our computers and laptops together during an emergency. Instead, opt to backup your files to the cloud.
Additionally, keep all of your important paper documents in one folder which is easily accessible.
These tips are brought to you by your neighborhood Pace-San Elijo Safe Streets committee. Take the Pace Pledge today at www.sanelijohills.org and like our Facebook page (Pace-San Elijo Safe Streets) to get involved and learn how you can help keep San Elijo Hills’s streets safe. We would also love to have your support as a volunteer. If you’re looking for a positive way to serve our community, please contact us through our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.