Emergencies can happen to anyone at work, home and other places. Pre-planning and preparation can assist in saving lives. The following article by SDGE provide the following suggestions in “Pitching in to prepare for fires and other emergencies”. It states the following:
“Save lives and protect property, including your own, by taking time to prepare for fires and other emergencies. Here are some steps you can take and what we're doing to help.
Cover the basics at sdge.com/beprepared. These include making or refreshing an emergency supply kit, designing and practicing a personal emergency plan, and creating a defensible space around your home.
Up to 40% of businesses that have been hit by a disaster never reopen. You can help your business survive by using the resources available at ready.gov/business. These include guidelines for emergency response planning, tools for developing or updating your business continuity plan, information on crisis communications, testing and training exercises, and other materials offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In the community
Warmer, drier weather, drought conditions and vegetation growth have raised the risk of wildfires this year. Through our Community Fire Safety Program, we work closely with first responders, give support to public safety groups such as volunteer fire stations, and advance the protection of people, property and power lines. For example, we:
• Monitor for the likelihood of fires using one of the nation's top weather networks. Staff meteorologists analyze data from 144 weather stations (projected to be 149 by year-end) for microclimate forecasts that help electric system operators deliver service safely and reliably.
• Replaced 3,100 wood poles with steel for electric lines in fire-prone areas.
• Installed almost 200 smart switches on electric circuits.
• Use laser technology to pinpoint potential problems such as sparking wires on power lines.
• Keep up to eight fire engines and crews on standby.
• Renewed agreements to make our heli-tanker available for water drops to fight wildfires.
• Maintain 415,000 trees to keep them clear of power lines throughout our 4,100-square-mile service area.
Don't wait for an emergency to make safety a habit. Learn how you can use energy safely every day”. ©2013 San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Yes, emergencies can happen to anyone at work, home and other places. Pre-planning and preparation can assist in saving lives. Safely Prepare for Emergencies.