Uploaded: , Tuesday August 2nd, 2022

By Ken Striplin

Unfortunately, our beautiful city is no stranger to the threat of wildfires. We have had several devastating fires that have destroyed homes and property. This summer we face an additional threat as Southern California and much of the western United States remain in severe drought. This means that the golden brush that covers our hillsides is drier and more flammable than ever.

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Make sure you and your family are prepared for possible wildfires by knowing what to do in the event of a bushfire. The first crucial step in preparedness is making sure you are alerted in case of an emergency. You can subscribe to the city’s emergency messaging service by texting SCEMERGENCY to 888777.

Also be sure to follow the city and our public safety partners on social media. The feeds are regularly updated with the information you will need during emergencies.

It is important to prepare yourself and your family in case of an emergency. Tell your children about escape routes and have an emergency kit readily available. This kit should be filled with essential medications, photo IDs, important documents and personal computer backups. Don’t forget your four-legged family members. Make sure pet supplies are part of your family’s emergency kit and if you need to evacuate, load your pets as soon as possible.

If you receive the evacuation call, you and your family must leave as quickly as possible. This will protect you and your family and also keep the roads clear for first responders who need to get into the area to protect homes and property.

You can learn more about fire safety tips by visiting the city’s emergency preparedness department. website. By being prepared, we can help protect our family and our community.

City Manager Ken Striplin can be reached at [email protected]