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New Program Offers Plan B for Reaching Residents in Distress

By Michele Clock, San Diego County Fire

Imagine you’re having chest pains, or you’ve taken a serious fall inside your home. What if no one could get to the front door to let in firefighters?

A new program is offering a back-up plan, to ensure your front door doesn’t stand in the way of getting help.

San Diego County Fire’s Residential KnoxBox Program is now providing free lock boxes that will hold a spare copy of your house key. County Fire will install the box just outside the front door for quick fire department access. The boxes can only be opened by local firefighters responding to life-threatening emergencies. Fire personnel will be able to reach residents more quickly when seconds count.

To qualify, residents must:

  • Live in San Diego County Fire Authority, Ramona Municipal Water District, or Deer Springs Fire Protection District coverage areas.
  • Be any of the following: at least 62 years old, have a disability, or need assistance with one or more Major Life Activity.

To apply, or for questions, contact San Diego County Fire at 858-974-5744 or FireCRR@sdcounty.ca.gov. Applications and more information available at sandiegocounty.gov/sdcfa.

National Preparedness Month (September 2020)

A Note to the Community from the American Red Cross Southern California

You may already know that September is National Preparedness Month. This is the month to ensure that you, your loved ones, your neighbors, your co-workers and even your pets and service animals are all prepared for any type of disaster.

We have all seen the devastation across California with recent wildfires burning millions of acres of land. Thousands of families had to quickly evacuate and thousands of structures were destroyed. There are over 15,600 firefighters in California risking their lives and risking getting COVID-19 trying to save people, pets and homes. Some of them have given their lives trying to do so. If you appreciate their sacrifice and dedication to their work, don’t just thank them. Help them by making their jobs a little easier and get your home, your family, and your community prepared.

They are doing their part. It is time for us to do ours.

The American Red Cross Southern California Region will be hosting a series of virtual preparedness presentations throughout the month on different disaster topics. Join us for these presentations and take the necessary steps to being prepared. We wrap up the month with a preparedness game to see how much you know and how you measure up to others. Below and attached is a list of dates. We also have a link to them here: Preparedness Month Presentations.

In addition, please help us get the information out into the community by sending this email to any communities, organizations, or individuals that still need to get prepared.

Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 2PM (PST)

 

Topic: Preparedness Essentials – Get a kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed

Zoom Link:  https://bit.ly/2G7GVus

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 10:00AM (PST)

 

Topic: Wildfire Preparedness

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/3jsBUuU

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 4PM (PST)

 

Topic: Earthquake Preparedness

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/2Gfwjd9

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 10AM (PST)

 

Topic: Home Fire Preparedness

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/3hJBmR3

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 6PM (PST)

 

Topic: Game Night – Put Your Preparedness Knowledge to the Test!

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/3hLFZd8

Thank you for your help in getting our community ready. Wishing you all a safe and healthy National Preparedness Month!

Press Release (June 26, 2016)

Ramona West End Fire Safe Council Dead and Dying Hazardous Tree Program

The Ramona West End Fire Safe Council has been awarded a grant to remove dead and dying trees in the Ramona Community Planning Area within 100 feet of a home and/or 30 feet of an access road.

This grant is available to assist homeowners to be in compliance with State and Local Fire Codes (PRC 4291 and County of San Diego Ordinance No. 10147):

www.sandiegocounty.gov/cob/ordinances/ord10147.doc

Property owners will be expected to contribute 20 percent for the tree removal, up to $200 per tree.  Funding will cover a limited number of trees, so all requests may not be fulfilled. Any applications not fulfilled will be retained to provide justification for requesting future funding.

Trees will be treated according to best management practices.

To apply, please complete the application:

For more information please contact Kristi Mansolf at kmansolf@gmail.com.

Update September 19, 2016

The Ramona West End Fire Safe Council has completed the grant application process.  Any further applications will be considered when more funding becomes available.

Ramona West End Firesafe Council in the News

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