Disaster Hazards & Safety Preparedness

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Google Public Alerts
See important alerts from across the web anytime you need it.

Gas and Electric Safety at Home Adobe PDF Download icon
A helpful 11-page brochure from San Diego Gas & Electric describes how to “play it safe with power”, natural gas safety, and how to handle emergencies.

Speaking of Safety…by Monica Zech
Find helpful articles, tips and facts about safe driving on Monica’s website.  As a Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon, she provides safety education on behalf of local Fire Departments.  She also writes articles on safety and appears on local television news segments giving valuable safety advice.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR)
A radio can be a primary lifeline during natural and environmental disasters, or public alerts.  The National Weather Service office provides an “All Hazards” radio network, providing comprehensive weather and emergency information. Because Weather Radio broadcasts cannot be heard on any regular AM/FM radio, check out their page on  NWR Receiver Consumer Information to find out what type of receivers can be use.

Safety in a Power OutageAdobe PDF Download icon
Simple and helpful tips on what to do if the power goes out.  This article tells you how long food stays safe in the refrigerator and freezer as well as tips on keeping safe drinking water, what to do in extreme hot and cold, and avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning.

My Hazards Awareness Map for California
Use this website to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce your risk.  Enter your California state address or landmark and the results will tell you of any recent hazards you need to be aware of.

Natural Disaster Safety and Emergency Preparedness
PG&E website about how to get ready for natural disasters and emergencies before they happen.

Disaster Preparedness Video Library by – the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc – FLASH® is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation.  Their library of preparedness and safety videos cover all types of disasters including Flood, Hurricanes, Lightening, Terrorism, and Tornadoes, and more.
Note:  This resource is a “flash” presentation and will not open on Apple products (iPhone/iPod/iPad).

Poison Help – What Can You Do to Prepare?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poison Help website provides support in case of a poisoning emergency, but also provides information on Poison Proofing your home and other prevention tips.

Turning Your Electricity On and Off
Tips with images on locating and using your breakers, fuses, and main electrical panel from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Turning Your Gas Off
Tips on how to find and use your gas meters and shut off valves in the event of an emergency from PG&E at www.pge.com.

Safety Audio Tutorial
From PG&E, learn how to prepare for power outages and other emergencies, identify gas and electric hazards inside and around your home and print out easy to use safety checklists.

Natural Disaster Safety Tips
This list of emergency-specific checklists from the American Red Cross are designed to be viewed online, downloaded to your PC, or printed.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency
Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how to recognize and prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Video: Carbon Monoxide

How to protect you and your family against a silent killer.