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Emergency Preparedness: Get Involved

When wildfires strike, they impact the whole community.

So it is important for communities to work together to prevent and prepare for wildfires.

After the devastating Cedar Fire of October 2003, the City realized it needed a community-based solution to the threat of wildfires and other emergencies, so it created the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel train CERT members to help families, neighbors and businesses get through the first few hours or days when emergency services are overwhelmed.

In Council District 1, we have CERT groups in the North Coastal, Carmel Valley, Rancho Peñasquitos and Santa Luz communities. To form or join a CERT group in your neighborhood, please visit the CERT website for more information. The website has important emergency preparedness tips as well.

CERT isn’t the only way to help protect your community in times of emergency. The residents of Rancho Peñasquitos have banded together and created several community groups to address the threat of wildfires. These groups include not only its CERT but also the Rancho Peñasquitos Fire Safe Council and the Peñasquitos Emergency Response Council.

Together these groups have worked with San Diego Fire-Rescue, the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council and my office to develop the Rancho Peñasquitos Community Fire Watch program, which educates and creates awareness about the threat of wildfires. Each year, I help host a kickoff meeting to give residents a chance to meet these community groups and leaders from the Fire-Rescue Department and the San Diego Police Department.