Wildfire Preparedness Resources

Dear Friends,

With hot temperatures and strong winds approaching San Diego County, it’s time for us to prepare for potential wildfires. East County is especially prone to wildfires, so each of us has an individual responsibility to prepare ahead of time and be ready to evacuate.

My staff and I have put together a list of available online resources to ensure the safety of you, your families, and our community. If there are any other resources you would like to see included in the list below, please send them to joel.anderson@sdcounty.ca.gov and we would be happy to add them.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the firefighters and other emergency and disaster personnel that are committed to keeping us safe. Thank you for your service.

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It’s my continued honor to serve you,

Joel Anderson
Supervisor, District 2

Pictured: The 2020 Valley Fire burned 17,665 acres southeast of Alpine and destroyed 30 residences, 31 outbuildings, and 11 other structures. Three firefighters were injured while battling the blaze.
(Photo credit: K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune) 

Stay Alert


Ready, Set, Go! - Your Personal Wildland Fire Action Guide
This guide put together by CAL FIRE and the County Office of Emergency Services is a great place to start learning about how to protect your home and prepare for evacuation. It also contains checklists to keep you organized.

Fire Safe Council of San Diego County
Available resources and workshops at the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County include no-cost chipping, the defensible space assistance program, and community wildfire protection plans.

Be Prepared for Public Safety Power Shutoffs
If dangerous high fire risk conditions are present, SDG&E may shut off power as a last resort to keep your community safe. Learn how to prepare for potential power outages through SDG&E’s preparedness guide.

Create Your Own Emergency Supply Kit
Everyone should have an emergency supply kit readily available, especially in case of a wildfire. Check out AlertSanDiego’s tips on creating your own kit.

Preparedness Plans for People Who May Need Assistance and their Caregivers
Refer to this plan specially created for older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers -- provided by the County Office of Emergency Services.

Are Your Pets Prepared for an Emergency?
This informative video and article give you recommendations from the County Office of Emergency Services and Department of Animal Services on how to prepare your pets for an emergency, including a wildfire.

Disaster Preparedness for Livestock
East County is also home to numerous ranches and farms. Keep yourself and your animals safe by following these tips provided by the County Department of Animal Services.

California Statewide Fire Map
This map managed by CAL FIRE provides the general locations of major active fires burning in California.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Not only is CERT a response team, but they provide free emergency preparedness training and activities in the unincorporated areas of the County.

Neighborhood Evacuation Team (NET) Program
This program was designed to assist residents with access and a functional needs plan to help them prepare for evacuation.

Cutter Law's California Wildfire Safety Guide
Learn everything you need to know about wildfires and how to stay safe in this guide from Cutter Law.

Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide
Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster.
See also: Asbestos and Its Dangers - What is Asbestos? and Homeowner's Guide to Asbestos

Navigating Disasters and Mental Health
When a disaster strikes, stress due to uncertainty, instability, and loss can be overwhelming. But you and your loved ones can recover with support. Here’s what you need to know about how to get through a disaster and its aftermath.