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Disaster Hazards & Safety Preparedness

Safety in a Power Outage
Simple and helpful tips on what to do if the power goes out. Learn how long food stays safe in the refrigerator and freezer, tips on safe drinking water, what to do in extreme hot and cold, and avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning.

House destruction after a tornadoGoogle Public Alerts
See important alerts and warnings from across the web and across the world anytime you need it.  The map view allows you to select an area of interest to view all current alerts.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR)
The National Weather Service office provides an “All Hazards” radio network, providing comprehensive weather and emergency information. Because Weather Radio broadcasts cannot be heard on any regular AM/FM radio, check out their page on  NWR Receiver Consumer Information to find out what type of receivers can be used.

Speaking of Safety…by Monica Zech
Find helpful articles, tips and facts about safe driving on Monica’s website.  As a Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon, she provides safety education on behalf of local Fire Departments.

My Hazards Awareness Map for California
Use this website to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce your risk.  Enter your California state address or landmark and find recent hazards you need to be aware of.

Natural Disaster Safety and Emergency Preparedness
PG&E website about how to get ready for natural disasters and emergencies before they happen.

Poison Help – What Can You Do to Prepare?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poison Help website provides support in case of a poisoning emergency, but also provides information on Poison Proofing your home and other prevention tips.

Turning Your Electricity On and Off
Tips with images on locating and using your breakers, fuses, and main electrical panel from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Turning Your Gas Off
Tips on how to find and use your gas meters and shut off valves in the event of an emergency from PG&E at

Natural Disaster Safety Tips
This list of emergency-specific checklists from the American Red Cross are designed to be viewed online, downloaded to your PC, or printed.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency
Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how to recognize and prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Video: Carbon Monoxide

How to protect you and your family against a silent killer.