Preparedness &Response for Different Types of Emergencies

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District commits itself to providing the highest level of training and information to students, staff, faculty and visiting community members. GCCCD encourages everyone to familiarize themselves with emergency preparedness and management plans, and how to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response.

For a variety of reasons, it may be necessary to relocate part or all of the campus community to an on- or off-campus location. Our plan is designed to reduce the possibility of death or injury through an organized evacuation procedure.  Become familiar with the evacuation plan so you are prepared to take action should it be required.

Preparedness

Being prepared is critical, especially when an emergency or disaster arises. This section provides you with an in-depth understanding of the kinds of hazards that may occur and how you can prepare for them. Being well informed about potential emergencies is the first step in making sure that you are safe and calm during emergencies.

Know Your Hazards - Prepare yourself and your family!

GCCCD is committed to the welfare of its community – students, faculty, staff, visitors – and to preserving the institution. A significant natural or human-caused hazard would have an impact on the district, campuses, programs and facilities.

The following clickable sections provide specific instructions on what to do in case of an event. Comprehensive PDF version available here.

An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active threat event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place. However, best practices for an active threat event are listed below.

The potential for a school shooting, stabbing or other threat exists on every campus. Although the possession of firearms on or around the campus is prohibited, previous local and national threats dictate the importance and need for a response plan. In the event you observe an individual with any type of weapon on the campus, immediately call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

When an active threat, like an active shooter, is in your vicinity you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. 

You have three options. RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.

1. RUN

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. 
    DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  • Do not attempt to move the wounded.
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) when you are safe. Provide the following information:
    • Location of threat.
    • Number of assailants.
    • Physical description.
    • Number and type of weapons.
    • Number of potential victims.

2. HIDE

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
  • Lock the door or block the entry (place furniture as a blockade behind door if possible) to your hiding place.
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet.

3. FIGHT

  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter.
  • Commit to your actions…your life depends on it.

Law Enforcement

When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Drop items in your hands (bags, cell phone, etc.).
  • Raise hands and spread fingers, keeping hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers.
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
  • Do not ask questions when evacuating.
  • Follow all directions as instructed.

 TIPS:

The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured. Once you have reached a safe location, you likely will be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.

Listed below are materials that are regularly presented during Active Shooter Seminars hosted by San Diego Sheriff's Department:

Have you installed the "Say Something" App yet?

Say Something

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Information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.
 

In the event of an aircraft crashing into a campus building, or fallen debris on campus from an aircraft:

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks, or other objects, which will give protection against falling glass or debris.
  • If directed to do so, or in case of fire, activate the fire alarm.
  • If the building is being evacuated, leave building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 500 feet away from the crash site and debris.
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

If already outdoors, keep a safe distance from debris:

  • DO NOT remain downwind from a burning plane.
  • Go to a clear area at least 500 feet from the crash site.
  • Always avoid power or utility lines.
  • Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

 TIPS:

If you become trapped:

  • Alert emergency search and rescue crews or anyone within shouting distance of your location.
  • If possible call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) and report your location.
  • If a window is accessible, place an article of clothing or other signal in the window to alert rescuers to your location. Whistle, shout, pound on a wall or door to make noise at regular interval to alert rescuers to your location.
  • Stay low, near the floor. During a fire the air nearest the floor will contain the least smoke, contaminants and heat.
  • If you are injured, tend to your wounds.

Crash Near Campus:

In the event of a major community emergency, the campus may be used as a staging area or command post by emergency responders.

  • Keep campus access roads open and remain clear of the command post and responders.
  • If instructed to evacuate, calmly exit the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
  • Remain at the evacuation point until receiving further instructions from a GCCCD official, law enforcement officer or firefighter.

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The majority of bomb threats are crank calls where a bomb has not been planted. The caller achieves satisfaction by observing a building being evacuated because of their telephone call.

If you receive a bomb over the PHONE:

  • Remain calm and DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does. If the caller does hang up, set the phone down and then on another phone call 9-1-1.  
  • If possible, signal or pass a note to other staff members to listen and help notify authorities by calling 9-1-1.  Be sure to notify your supervisor as well. 
  • If the phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display. 
  • Record the call, if possible. 
  • Write down the exact wording of the threat. 
  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible and gather as much information as possible.   
  • Try to obtain and document the following information: 
    • Where is the device? Identify the location of the device with as much precision as possible. 
    • What type of explosive device? 
    • What the device looks like? 
    • What will make it detonate? 
    • Why was it placed? 
    • Exactly how is the threat to be carried out? 
    • Estimate the sex, race, and age of caller 
    • What kinds of background noises? 
    • How would you characterize the caller’s voice? Is there an accent? 
  • Listen for background noises.
  • Listen closely to the voice for accents, speech impediments or age indications. 

If you receive a VERBAL threat:

  • If the perpetrator leaves, note which direction they went. 
  • Call 9-1-1.  
  • Write down the threat exactly as it was communicated. 
  • Note the description of the person who made the threat: 
    • Name (if known). 
    • Gender. 
    • Body size (height/weight). 
    • Distinguishing features. 
    • Race. 
    • Type/color of clothing. 
    • Hair and eye color. 
    • Voice (loud, deep, accent, etc.). 
If you receive a WRITTEN threat:
  • Handle the document as little as possible. 
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Rewrite the threat exactly as is on another sheet of paper and note the following: 
    • Date/time/location document was found. 
    • Any situations or conditions surrounding the discovery/delivery. 
    • Full names of any personnel who saw the threat. 
    • Secure the original threat: DO NOT alter the item in any way. 
    • If small/removable, place in a bag or envelope. 
    • If large/stationary, secure the location. 

 If you receive an EMAILED threat:

  • Leave the message open on the computer. 
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Print, photograph, or copy the message and subject line; note the date and time. 
If a suspicious package is located:
  • DO NOT touch, tamper, move, jar, or make large noises in the area surrounding the package. 
  • Refrain from any radio transmissions or use of cell phones within 300’ of the package. 
  • Move yourself and others beyond 300’ and notify law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.  Direct someone in the vicinity to call CAPS 619-644-7654 (ext. 7654). 
  • Immediately begin evacuating the area.

 TIPS:

If the building is evacuated;

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

Download and print the Bomb Threat Checklist.

Bomb Checklist

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Civil disturbances can occur on or near campus. They may be in the form of riots, gang activities, strikes, demonstrations or other activities. Proactive measures to deal with potential civil disturbances will be considered and implemented as often as possible. If a significant threat to personal safety exists, partial or full site evacuations/closings will be implemented by the site administrator.

Civil disturbances in progress will be carefully evaluated to ensure the safety of all persons on campus. Evacuations may or may not be implemented depending on the exact situation. Evacuations will not be conducted if people need to cross a disturbance area to evacuate.

Review Emergency Preparedness and Management Plan Policies and Procedures:

BP 3505           |           AP 3505

If you are asked to shelter-in-place: 

  • Select or move to an interior room, with few or no windows, and the door can be locked if possible.
  • If possible, choose a room with a hard-wired telephone as cell phone towers may be overwhelmed or damaged in an emergency.
  • Lock all available doors and turn off fans, heating & air conditioning if possible.
  • Await further instructions from authorities.
  • Depending on the situation and campus protocol, along with information from lead agencies, an emergency notification may or may not be sent.

If you are ordered to evacuate: 

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  
    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 
    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 
    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

 TIPS:

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Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time, and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.

 PREPARE:

  • Prepare an emergency kit with at least a 72-hours supply of food and water, along with other supplies including a flashlight, portable battery-operated radio, batteries, medicines, first aid kit, money, and clothing.
  • Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
  • Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
  • Know the safe spots in each room – under sturdy tables, desks, or against interior walls.
  • Know at least two exit routes from your neighborhood, or any building you are in, in case of emergency.
  • Know the danger spots – near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces and tall, unsecured furniture.
  • Decide how and where your family will reunite if separated during an earthquake.
  • Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
  • Secure your space by identifying and fixing hazards, indoors as well as any weaknesses in the building, and securing moveable items.
  • Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.

Drop Cover Hold On

During heavy shaking:

1. DROP: Drop wherever you are on to your hands and knees. If you’re using a wheelchair or walker with a seat, make sure your wheels are locked and remain seated until the shaking stops.

2. COVER: Cover your head and neck with your arms. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris. Stay on your knees or bent over to protect vital organs.

3. HOLD ON: If you are under a table or desk, hold on with one hand and be ready to move with it if it moves. If you can’t find a table or desk, cover your head and neck with both arms and hands. If seated and unable to drop to the floor, bend forward, cover your head with your arms, and hold on to your neck with both hands.

Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.

After the shaking has stopped:

  • Expect aftershocks to follow the main shock of an earthquake.
  • Check yourself to see if you are hurt and help others if you have training. 

If you are in a damaged building:

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

If you are or become trapped:

  • Protect your mouth, nose, and eyes from dust.
  • Send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting to help rescuers locate you.
  • Text messages may be more reliable than phone calls. Save phone calls for emergencies.
  • Once you are safe, listen to local news reports for emergency information and instructions via battery operated radio, TV, social media, or from cell phone text alerts. 

 TIPS:

  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake.
  • If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings.
  • DO NOT get in a doorway.
  • DO NOT run outside.

Be careful during post-disaster cleanup of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during cleanup.

Learn more on how to better prepare and stay safe before, during and after an earthquake.  Ready.gov/earthquakes.

Earthquake Early Warning App - Even seconds of warning can be invaluable giving people enough time to Drop, Cover, and Hold On ahead of an earthquake - ultimately decreasing injury through this early warning notification.  Consider downloading it to your mobile phone today.

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In the event you are instructed to evacuate, do so immediately in a calm and orderly fashion. View evacuation maps below so you know where to safely evacuate to and await further instructions.

View Cuyamaca Evacuation Route Map

View Grossmont Evacuation Route Map

For a variety of reasons, it may be necessary to relocate part or all of the campus community to an on- or off-campus location. This plan is designed to reduce the possibility of death or injury through an organized evacuation procedure.

In some emergency situations, you may be told to shelter in place or evacuate if necessary. Faculty, staff and students will be notified in several ways.  Potential communication methods include:

Text Message | Voicemail | Email | Campus Phones | Websites | Emergency Information Hotline | Public Address System (mega phone) | Social Media | Fire Alarms

In the event of an evacuation:

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

 TIPS:

In the event of an evacuation:

Evacu-Trac chairs are designed to assist people in a wheel

EvacuTrac

chair evacuate from their location. While training ahead of time, on the use of an Evacu-Trac chair is helpful, it isn’t required to be able to use it.  It’s designed so that a small attendant can easily move a much larger passenger down the stairs. 

The Evacu-Trac is easily set up and ready for a passenger to transfer from their wheelchair to the comfortable sling seat.  It has durable rubber tracks which firmly grip the stairs and the safety brake can stop the unit on the stairs if necessary.

View a brief tutorial video

Contact Public Safety for Training

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Fire is FAST!  Fire is HOT! Fire is DARK!  Fire is DEADLY

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When you smell or see smoke or fire:

  • Pull the fire alarm and call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP), if not already done.
    • Alert people in the area to begin immediately evacuating the building, following your building marshal’s instructions. Stay upwind from the fire.
  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
    • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
  • Call CAPS 619-644-7654 or ext. 7654 (give your location). 

If you see smoke or flames call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

  • The building must be checked to determine that it is safe before students and staff are allowed to reenter.
  • Only designated and trained employees from the following categories can give the "all clear" signal before the building is reopened for use:
  • Sheriff's Department or local law enforcement.
  • Campus & Parking Services.
  • Building Marshals.
  • Maintenance and Operations Personnel.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

 TIPS:

  • Know location of fire extinguishers in your area and how to use them.
  • For a small fire which can be safely extinguished (e.g., in a waste-basket), use an extinguisher to put out the fire. 
  • If unsuccessful, activate fire alarm, evacuate the building and immediately notify CAPS at ext. 7654.
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  • During an evacuation, walk, don't run. Keep noise to a minimum. Close, but do not lock doors helping to contain fire and smoke.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO
  • If you suspect fire in the building, test doors before opening. Use the back of your hand to feel the door or doorknob before opening.
  • If you hear a fire alarm, call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) to report the alarm, evacuate, and do not re-enter the building until told it is safe.
  • Be prepared. Know the location of two exits closest to your area, evacuation routes out of the building and evacuation points. Know location of the nearest fire alarm and how to use it. Keep corridors free of flammable materials to prevent rapid fire spread.
  • Never prop open hallway doors, or lock fire exit doors.
  • Report damaged or vandalized fire safety equipment to Public Safety immediately.
  • If you become aware of someone starting a fire or causing a false alarm, notify Public Safety immediately.

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All district employees who work with or around hazardous materials must familiarize themselves with the following:

  • Fire alarm location and operation.
  • Emergency exits and evacuation plan.
  • Fire extinguisher location and operation.
  • Spill and containment response measures for specific hazards in their area.
  • Available spill response equipment.
  • Specific and immediate first aid measures for hazards in their area.

Immediate action in the event of a spill:

  • If an immediate fire hazard exists or medical assistance is required,
    call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).  
  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators. 
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 
    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 
    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. 
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction. 
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO

For spills not involving immediate danger to life or property:

  • Confine the spill. 
  • Evacuate the immediate area and limit access. 
  • Notify your supervisor.  

 TIPS:

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Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly and may disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

If a power outage occurs:

  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) and follow directions for evacuation.
  • If evacuation of the building is necessary, exit the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Get your keys and any absolute necessities (e.g. medications, ID, wallet). Unplug all computers and equipment possible.
  • Lock the door behind you and use a flashlight or your cell phone light to leave. DO NOT light candles.
  • Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger with the electrical power off or when it is restored unexpectedly. If a hazard exists, notify the lab instructor and call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

If people are trapped in an elevator:

  • Tell the passengers to stay calm and that you will get help.
  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP). Give your location (building, floor).
  • Try to keep the trapped passengers calm. Talk to them until help arrives.

TIPS:

When mechanical ventilation is interrupted, vapors or chemicals may reach hazardous concentration levels. To avoid this, use natural ventilation and clean up or put away chemicals and close containers. If this is not possible, respirators may be required.

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suspicious item is anything, which is out of place and cannot be accounted for or any item suspected of being an explosive device. If you receive a written threat or a suspicious parcel, or if you find a suspicious object anywhere on the premises keep anyone from handling it or going near it.

If you see a suspicious object/package:

  • DO NOT TOUCH OR HANDLE THE OBJECT.
  • DO NOT TURN ROOM LIGHTS ON OR OFF. 
  • Begin moving people away from the area around the device.
  • Immediately call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

TIPS:

If the building is evacuated:

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

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Prepare for Wildfires - Ready.gov

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Several ways to receive alerts.

  • Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.
  • Sign up for community alerts in your area and be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)- which requires no-sign up.
  • Sign up for email updates and follow the latest guidelines about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Pay attention to air quality alerts.
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Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands what to do if you need to quickly evacuate.  

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  • Use fire-resistant materials to build, renovate or make repairs.
  • Find an outdoor water source with a hose that can reach any area of your property.
  • Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home.
  • Designate a room that can be closed off from outside air. Close all doors and windows. Set up a portable air cleaner to keep indoor pollution levels low when smoky conditions exist.

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Illustration of a couple looking at an evacuation map.
  • You may have to evacuate quickly due to a wildfire. Learn your evacuation routes, practice with household, pets, and identify where you will go.
  • If you must evacuate to a public shelter, try to bring items that can help protect you and others in the shelter from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, and two masks per person. Children under 2 years old and people who have trouble breathing should not wear masks. 
  • Follow the instructions from local authorities. They will provide the latest recommendations based on the threat to your community and appropriate safety measures.
  • Review the CDC’s guidelines for “Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 

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  • Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, maskspet supplies in your go bag or car trunk. Being prepared allows you to address smaller medical issues at home, alleviating the burden on urgent care centers and hospitals.
    • Being prepared allows you to avoid unnecessary excursions and to address minor medical issues at home, alleviating the burden on urgent care centers and hospitals.
    • Remember that not everyone can afford to respond by stocking up on necessities. For those who can afford it, making essential purchases and slowly building up supplies in advance will allow for longer time periods between shopping trips. This helps to protect those who are unable to procure essentials in advance of the pandemic and must shop more frequently. In addition, consider avoiding WIC-labeled products so that those who rely on these products can access them.
    • If you already have one at home, set aside a respirator, like an N95 respirator, to keep smoke particles out of the air you breathe. Respirators are not meant to fit children. Due to COVID-19, it may be difficult to find respirators. While cloth masks, surgical masks, and dust masks provide protection from exposure to COVID-19, they will not protect you from smoke inhalation. To ensure that healthcare workers have access to N95 respirators, it is best to limit your exposure to smoke rather than buy respirators.
  • Be cautious when carrying flammable or combustible household products that can cause fires or explosions if handled wrong, such as aerosols, cooking oils, rubbing alcohol, and hand sanitizer.
  • If you already have an N95 mask, use this to protect yourself from smoke inhalation. N95 masks also protect against the spread of COVID-19, however they should be reserved for healthcare workers. If are in a public cleaner air space or shelter, use a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Keep your cell phone charged when wildfires could be in your area. Purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.

Stay Safe During

Evacuate immediately if authorities tell you to do so!

  • Due to limited space as a result of COVID-19, public cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces may not be the safest choice for you and your family. In addition, note that your regular cleaner air shelter and cleaner air space may not be open this year. Check with local authorities for the latest information about public shelters or download the free Red Cross Emergency app for a list of open Red Cross shelters in your area. In addition:
  • Consider making plans with friends or family to shelter with them where you may be safer and more comfortable.
  • If you must evacuate to a public shelter, try to bring items that can help protect you and others in the shelter from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, cleaning materials, and two masks per person. Masks should not be worn by children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, and people who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask. Be prepared to be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival.
  • While at a public shelter, maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and those who are not part of your household. Review the CDC’s guidelines for “Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 
  • If possible, bring items with you when you evacuate that can help protect you and others from COVID-19 while sheltering. Examples include hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, cleaning materials, and two cloth masks per person to prevent the spread of infection.
  • If trapped, then call 911 and give your location, but be aware that emergency response could be delayed or impossible. Turn on lights to help rescuers find you.
  • Pay attention to emergency alerts and notifications for information and instructions.
  • Use an N95 mask to protect yourself from smoke inhalation.
  • If you already have one at home, use a respirator, like an N95 respirator, to keep smoke particles out of the air you breathe. Respirators are not meant to fit children. Due to COVID-19, it may be difficult to find respirators. While cloth masks, surgical masks, and dust masks provide protection from exposure to COVID-19, they will not protect you from smoke inhalation. To ensure that healthcare workers have access to N95 respirators, it is best to limit your exposure to smoke rather than buy respirators. If you do not already have N95 respirators, you can reduce your exposure to smoke by doing the following:
  • Choose a room to close off from outside air and set up a portable air cleaner or filter to keep the air in this room clean even when it’s smoky in the rest of the building and outdoors.
  • Use high efficiency filters in your central air conditioning system to capture fine particles from smoke. If your system has fresh air intake, set the system to “recirculate” mode and close the outdoor intake damper.
  • Avoid using anything that burns, such as candles and fireplaces. Do not vacuum, as vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Do not smoke tobacco or other products. Smoking puts even more pollution into the air.
  • If you are not ordered to evacuate but smoky conditions exist, stay inside in a safe location or go to a community building where smoke levels are lower.
  • Pay attention to any health symptoms if you have asthma, COPD, heart disease, or are pregnant. If you are sick and need medical attention, contact your healthcare provider for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and let the operator know if you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before help arrives. If staying at a shelter or public facility, alert shelter staff immediately so they can call a local hospital or clinic.

Returning Home After a Wildfire

  • Do not return home until authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid hot ash, charred trees, smoldering debris, and live embers. The ground may contain heat pockets that can burn you or spark another fire. Use appropriate masks or respirators and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet while working with someone else to protect yourself from COVID-19. When cleaning up ash, use a respirator to limit your exposure.
  • When cleaning, wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, appropriate cloth face coverings or masks, and sturdy thick-soled shoes during clean-up efforts.
  • Use appropriate masks or respirators.
  • When cleaning up ash, use a respirator to limit your exposure and wet debris to minimize breathing dust particles  
  • People with asthma and/or other lung conditions should take precautions in areas with poor air quality, as it can worsen symptoms. Children should not help with clean-up efforts.
  • Pay attention to any health symptoms if you or your children have asthma, COPD, heart disease, or are pregnant. Get to medical help if you need it.
  • Document property damage with photographs. Conduct an inventory and contact your insurance company for assistance.
  • Continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, such as washing your hands often and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
  • Send text messages or use social media to reach out to family and friends. Phone systems are often busy following a disaster. Make calls only in emergencies.
  • Engage virtually with your community through video and phone calls. Know that it’s normal to feel anxious or stressed. Take care of your body and talk to someone if you are feeling upset. Many people may already feel fear and anxiety about the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The threat of a wildfire can add additional stress. Follow CDC guidance for managing stress during a traumatic event and managing stress during COVID-19.

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