Will You be Notified if an Emergency Strikes?
Sometime in September or October, the City of Poway will conduct a city-wide drill to see how many people will be notified of an emergency.
- Do you know how you will find out about an emergency or what to do?
- Will you know if the water is safe to drink?
- Will you know whether to evacuate?
- Will you know where it’s safe to go?
Here are several ways you can be notified:
Have Emergency Notifications Sent to Your Cell Phone
Is your cell phone number registered to receive emergency alerts? The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services has a website where you can register your cell phones. www.ReadySanDiego.org. Registration is easy, and you can register all cell phones in your family by signing in once.
If your landline phones need power to work, they may not be available to you in an emergency. Be sure to have a phone that simply plugs into your phone jack to be operable. (You remember those old-fashioned gadgets, don’t you?)
Receive alerts from FEMA
Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
NextDoor.com is way to network with your immediate neighborhood. NextDoor is a closed social network where you can get to know each other and communicate socially, but it’s also a key part of Poway’s emergency plan. The City won’t have access to your cell numbers or email addresses, but they will communicate with NextDoor itself, which will post emergency alerts to all members. This is one of the easiest ways to be informed and remain informed during an emergency. Take a few minutes right now to register so you’re ready for the City-wide drill. You’ll feel better knowing that you will have critical information when you need it most. Just go to NextDoor.com and see if there is already a group in your neighborhood. If not, you can start one. It’s free and easy.
General Tips for Emergencies
Have an Out-of-State Point of Contact
All family members should have a designated out-of-state contact to call in the event you are separated and need to communicate with each other. Cell towers may not be functional, and local phone lines may be out of service in an emergency. If you can get a call out to an out-of-state family member or friend, you can pass messages to each other that way.
ICE contacts on your cell phone.
Most smart phones have a spot at the top of the contacts page to identify several In Case of Emergency contacts. If you are unable to communicate, a responder will know who to notify on your behalf. Be sure to keep your ICE contacts updated with their latest phone numbers. If your phone doesn’t have that feature, create one or more contacts called ICE. Make it easy for someone to help you when you need it.
Do You Know Where Your School-Aged Children Will Go?
Schools have evacuation plans where they bus the kids in an emergency situation. And if that place is not safe, they have a backup place to go. Do you know where those places are? Check with your schools so you’ll know just what to do if an emergency strikes.
Do You Have Food and Supplies for an Emergency?
Costco.com has a section of their website devoted to emergency supplies, including food.
TheReadyStore.com is another great resource.
City of Poway Emergency Preparedness Plan
Additionally, the City of Poway has an Emergency Preparedness Plan covering a variety of potential emergency situations. A wealth of information can be found on the City of Poway’s website, with an entire section devoted to emergency preparedness. Resources including a 50-page Emergency Preparedness Workbook, Earthquake Safety Tips and much more. The Fire Prevention and Education section alone includes 12 web pages filled with information and links.
If you want to be involved, more information can be found online. Resources available for download include: Evacuation Checklist, Emergency Preparedness Handbook, Get Involved Prospective Volunteer Sheets, NEC job description.