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Know Your Hazards

 

Last updated 8/1/2017 at 12:03pm



The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services have developed a 'Know Your Hazards' online tool to help make getting that information as easy as typing in an address or dropping a pin on a map.

“This is an innovative approach to getting ahead of emergencies, and the timing couldn’t be better, as we move into peak wildfire season,” said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Providing homeowners with critical information is a key part of our effort to better protect the region.

“One lesson we have learned through the years is that we can never be prepared enough. Wildfires have hit this region hard, but we’re vulnerable to other threats. Flooding, earthquakes or a tsunami can do just as much damage, and anything we can do to prepare our families and homes in advance makes a difference.”

San Diego County Fire Authority and CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham said California is already seeing historic levels of wildfire activity this year.

“In one 10-day period in July, we saw over 550 new wildland fires in the state of California,” Mecham said.

CAL FIRE and County Fire have increased or upgraded staffing levels, he said. But Mecham encouraged citizens to do what they can to prepare as well.

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