Tips on Disaster Preparedness for You, your Family and even your Pet from the City of Imperial Beach
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Heavy rains predicted. Are you ready?
Emergency Preparedness... El Niño. These are words we are going to hear a lot more about in coming months, especially this coming Tuesday, November 17 at the Tijuana Estuary at our El Niño Community Forum & Sea Level Rise Workshop (from 6 to 8 PM, see event details below).
You have heard a lot about these subjects, and you are going to hear a lot more. We have no way of knowing whether these prognostications will come true or not... after all, we are dealing with weather people here. But enough of them are saying the same things, so we need to pay attention.
The first thing that Imperial Beach residents need to be aware of is that our "beach" is not a "bluff." It is not even a "Dune." If the most frightful predictions are correct, homes and businesses along our ocean front could suffer from extreme high tides. That, combined with some serious rainfall, could lead to flooding and inundation. What's worse after the flooding, water could be trapped between highlands and the beach... and that describes a great deal of property in Imperial Beach.
Feeling a lot like "Chicken Little," we feel it is necessary to forward some information we have gathered from various sources to help keep your family and property as safe from peril as possible. Over the next few weeks, we will provide you with information we hope you will not need, but we hope you will recognize the potential value of, and take notice. Much of it is information that could also be helpful in case of fire, power outage, or other emergencies, so folks... please pay attention.
First, let us take a look at several immediate family concerns. We will move on to others... but first things first. As always, additional information is available in complete printed form at the City Manager's office, City Hall.
Creating a family plan for a natural disaster
Talking with your family and neighbors about what to do if a natural disaster occurs is the starting point for being prepared.
Initiate the plan
(Excerpt from UTSanDiego)
Emergency Preparedness for Your Pet
Pets need disaster kits and planning as much as humans. You can get more details from your veterinarian and various organizations, such as the San Diego County Humane Society and the SPCA, 5500 Gaines St. in Linda Vista, (619) 299-7012, sdhumane.org. Have your pet fitted with a microchip containing information to aid in identifying it if it gets lost. Many veterinarians, pet groups and shelters - such as the Pet Network in San Marcos, (760) 744-5300 orpetnetwork.us, and the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, (619) 278-9760 or sddac.com - offer microchipping for a fee.
During a disaster
After a disaster
(Excerpt from UTSanDiego)
A tsunami could strike the Imperial Beach coastline at any time. Although a tsunami cannot be
prevented, you can mitigate adverse impacts through community preparedness, timely warnings and effective
response. (see linked Tsunami Information brochure).