Tips for preparing for emergencies

Tips for preparing for emergencies

By the Scripps Ranch
Fire Safe Council

If you look up the definition of fear, there are thousands of definitions. The best way to dispel fear is to be prepared – do everything you can to be prepared for whatever it is you fear.

Here are 10 home preparedness tips to help you be prepared for a disaster of any type:

• Know how and where to shut off utilities (gas, water, electricity).

• Prevent potential hazards (secure heavy items, latches on cabinet doors).

• Surround your home with defensible space and fire resistant plants/landscaping.

• Make your house fire resistant (roofs, walls, chimneys, deck, fences) and remove excess flammable junk around the house.

•  Inspect your home for evacuation routes and potential hazards.

• Make a video/list of all possessions in your home with their make, model numbers, etc.

• Review your insurance coverage for adequate replacement costs.

• Check smoke/carbon monoxide detectors monthly, replace batteries regularly.

• Keep a battery operated radio with extra batteries to stay informed.

• Store your home’s disaster supply kit in an accessible location and take it with you.

Plan ahead and stay safe. Visit the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council website, contact, or call (858) 201-3711.