The San Diego County of Emergency Services has tips on how to prepare for storms and other emergencies. You should create a plan, build an emergency kit and sign up for alerts. Check out these helpful tips.

  • Create a family disaster plan at Practice evacuating with your family to be prepared at a moment’s notice.
  • Have an emergency kit ready with necessary items if you had to evacuate, including food and medication.
  • Have contingency plans for different times of the day, such as an emergency while some family members are at work or school. 
  • Check with schools or childcare providers to make sure you are aware of emergency plans and how you will be contacted.
  • In case you are separated during a disaster, discuss where to reunite because phone service may not be reliable during a disaster. 
  • Your pets are part of your family too. Make sure they are microchipped and that you have a pet disaster plan in place. Learn which items to have packed at
  • Register your (and other family members’ cellphones) with Alert San Diego at to be notified if an emergency is affecting your neighborhood.
  • Get free sandbags at locations throughout the County. Find one near you at Sandbags help divert or redirect water, mud and debris from your property and help prevent soil erosion.

Have you been affected by winter storms? You may be eligible for assistance and recovery resources. Learn more at