Dr William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library
Grossmont Healthcare District - A Public Agency Serving San Diego's East County Region

Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared for a disaster or emergency can help reduce the fear, anxiety, and losses that disasters cause. There are many government agencies and other organizations that provide information to help you prepare for or recover from a disaster.

Information on Current Emergencies/Disasters

Ready San Diego – Current emergency information on disasters, including wildfire, earthquake, pandemic influenza, tsunami, flooding (El Niño), and terrorism. Information includes updates, maps, shelters, and links to other agencies, as well as information on how to prepare for a disaster before it happens. Also available as a smartphone app. with automatic notifications. Listo San Diego (Preparación para Desastres) en Español.

San Diego County Recovery – Works to maximize disaster assistance to eligible public and private entities and residents through various state and federal disaster assistance programs. Recuperación del Condado de San Diego información en Español.

CAL FIRE Incident Information – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) provides updates on current active fires as well as archived information on previous fires.

InciWeb (Incident Information System) – Nationwide interagency website that lists incident information on all types of fires, controlled burns, and forest area closures to provide the pubic with a single source of incident-related information. Information may be sorted by type of incident, state, date, and status.

Prepare for an Emergency or Disaster

ReadySanDiego – Easy-to-use information on how to prepare for and respond to future emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Listo San Diego (Preparación para Desastres) en Español. Includes AlertSanDiego to register your cellphone, VoIP number, and/or email address for emergency alerts (landline phone numbers are already included in the database). AlertSanDiego is also available in American Sign Language. Alerta San Diego en Español.

Ready.gov – Ready is a national public service advertising campaign to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Information to help individuals (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan, and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses. Toll-free phone 1-800-BE-Ready (1-800-237-3239). Listo.gov en Español o llame gratis 1-888-SE-Listo (1-888-735-4786). 11 other languages.

Disaster Preparation and Recovery – This page from MedlinePlus contains links to reliable sources of information for all aspects of disaster preparedness and recovery, including overviews, specific conditions, related issues, and videos and tutorials.

Ready for Wildfire – CAL FIRE provides information on the steps to take to protect your home in case of a wildfire. Stresses the importance of having defensible space around your home and educates about the preparations for safely evacuating ahead of a wildfire. En Español: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Spanish-Language-Materials/

Heartland Fire & Rescue – Serves El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove. Website provides information on Emergency Prep, Personal Preparedness, Fire Prevention, and more.

Disaster Information Management Research Center – This site from the National Library of Medicine contains extensive information for the public, emergency responders, and medical personnel. Includes sections on Disaster Types and Topics and Community and Personal Preparedness.

Disaster Recovery

2-1-1 San Diego: Disaster Response – Provides information and referrals to health and human services countywide through a phone center and online database. 2-1-1 San Diego provee información y conecta a las personas que requieren recursos sobre servicios de la comunidad y de salud.

San Diego County Recovery – Works to maximize disaster assistance to eligible public and private entities and residents through various state and federal disaster assistance programs. Site includes information and links to resources on assistance, returning home, cleanup, rebuilding and renter’s information, replacing documents, and more. Recuperación del Condado de San Diego información en Español.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – National emergency management and preparedness agency provides disaster planning for before, during and after a disaster, disaster survivor assistance, and disaster recovery centers. Apply HERE for federal assistance after a disaster. Administración de Mitigación y Seguro Federal en Español. Resources in 20 other languages.

Cal OES (California Governor's Office of Emergency Services)Information on planning and preparing for a disaster or emergency and recovery including disaster survivor assistance for individuals. Translations of the website are available in multiple languages at bottom right of each webpage.

American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties – The American Red Cross provides emergency assistance and long-term recovery services to people affected by disaster or threat of disaster. Immediate response services include food, water, clothing, shelter, limited supplemental medical aid, and mental health services. For immediate needs, contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from a landline phone. Cruz Roja Americana en Español. San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is located at 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123. Phone: (858) 309-1200.

Disclaimer: The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library provides public access to a wide range of health and medical information and is not a substitute for medical advice. You are advised to consult with your physician or other health care professional concerning specific questions or to obtain medical advice.

The links found on this website do not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, its affiliates, or individuals. We are not responsible for and do not sanction the information contained in websites linked from this site.


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