Wildfire Reality Check

As of press time, CAL FIRE reports it has responded to 1,344 fires throughout the state so far in 2016. Two of those were in the Temecula area in just the last month. El Niño brought a lot of rain to Northern California but not much here in Southern California.

In fact, the National Weather Service said El Niño ended in May and La Niña may be on its way. What does that mean for us? Experts say La Niña usually brings drier than usual conditions in the Pacific Southwest. That’s not good news for fire-prone regions such as Scripps Ranch.

The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) urges you to be prepared for wildfires. Visit www.srfiresafe.org for ways to protect your family and home, as well as the Scripps Ranch evacuation plan in case you are forced to leave.

In addition, are you financially prepared for a wildfire? Here’s what you need to do to get your finances and property ready.

  • Tip 1—Conduct an annual review of your insurance policy. Go over it with your insurance provider.
  • Tip 2—Know specifically what your insurance policy covers.
  • Tip 3—Update your policy after you make home improvements.
  • Tip 4—Maintain insurance. The maximum federal grant for disaster recovery is $33,000. That is not enough to rebuild a home.

Make a Home Inventory

You need to document your possessions before a fire occurs.

  • Tip 1—Video or photograph your electronics, appliances, and workout equipment. Note the number of TVs, computers, tablets, printers, and so forth.
  • Tip 2—Video or photograph contents of drawers and closets.
  • Tip 3—Save receipts for major purchases. Store key documents in a fireproof case. Keep a home inventory video offsite or on a web storage site.
  • Tip 4—Describe your home’s contents in the video. Narrate the video and, if possible, include the price you paid, the year you bought the item, and where it was purchased.
  • Tip 5—Remember to video or photograph everything in your garage.

Save These Dates

  • Saturday, Sept. 24—Creating a Smarter and Safer Community Expo. It will be at the Scripps Ranch Library. Look for details closer to the event.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22—Golf Tournament fundraiser. Again, more information will be coming up.

To reach us, email [email protected] or call 201-3711. Also, visit our website at www.srfiresafe.org for more information about being fire-safe, and “Like” us on Facebook.

Neighborhood Watch Summer Warning: Don’t Be a Victim

Summer often means an increase in home burglaries. When the weather warms up, people tend to leave windows and doors open. It’s the invitation a burglar is looking for. Remember, most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. If you leave your belongings unprotected, they have a good chance of disappearing. I’m convinced burglars have a sixth sense guiding them to vulnerable homes and cars.

Don’t learn this lesson the hard way. You may think it’s safe to make a quick run to the grocery store, leaving the windows of your home open. After all, you’ll only be gone 20 minutes. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Same thing with your car. If it’s not parked in your locked garage, don’t forget to remove your valuables, roll up the windows, and lock it.

Summer is also the perfect time to throw a block party. That’s all it takes to start a Neighborhood Watch group on your street. Our website—www.scrippsranch.org/watch—has downloadable resource materials, or if you’d like, we can provide copies for your group. We will attend your meeting and explain the benefits of this nationwide program. Please contact us at [email protected]

For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. Put this number in your cell phone so it’s always handy.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Rattlesnake Dangers

My friend and I were hiking in the back trails of Miramar Lake recently. As we turned the corner, we encountered a large rattlesnake. My friend and I quickly ran away before the snake had a chance to strike, but it was a close call.

The incident made me wonder, “What would I do if I got bit by a rattlesnake?” I looked up safety information on wildbackpacker.com.

This website said that right after you get bit, call 911. Then calmly but quickly move to a place a medic can reach you. Stay calm. If you panic blood will pump through your body more quickly and the poison will travel to your heart faster.

Here is more information I found about preventing rattlesnake bites:

  • Hike in partners or in groups. If one person gets bitten or hurt, someone can call for help.
  • Wear long pants, long socks, and tall boots or tennis shoes.
  • Bring a walking stick if the terrain you are hiking in is not heavily traveled.
  • Stay out of tall grass or bushes.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Look at the ground ahead, especially if you hike near bushes or rocks.

I hope this information helps you stay safe over the summer.

Abigail TerBest, 7th Grade SR Resident

Here, Here, Heroes!

It was a great start to another great season of Symphony in the Park! It looked like everyone enjoyed The Detroit Underground in June. The committee enjoyed hosting our donors and business friends to a Filippi’s dinner at the back of the park. We are very grateful for their generous support…and for yours.

We celebrate summer again on Sunday, July 17, at 6 pm in Hoyt Park with music by The Heroes. This concert is brought to us by Collins Family Jewelers.

The Heroes are one of our most popular bands. We aren’t sure whether it’s because of committee member, drummer, and band leader Tommy Boyd or in spite of him. Yeah, we are! The Heroes always gets us on our feet and we love every one of them. Come early to enjoy our opening band, High Voltage, starting at 5:30 pm.

Did you know that every year contributors get a season schedule in the mail? No reason to miss a concert. Just visit www.symphonyinthepark.org and support this beloved community tradition.

So, pack up the SUV. Remember the kids, the grandkids, a non-vinyl blanket, low chairs, yummy munchies, and leave Fido at home. We’ll see you in Hoyt Park for another wonderful evening of music, friends, and fun!

Phoebe Carroll, Symphony in the Park Committee

 SRCA Movie Night

Looking for a fun, free family event? We have just the thing: Movie Night in the Park featuring Disney’s Inside Out. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 13, for an evening under the stars at the Scripps Ranch Community Park located at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. Your Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) hosts this event so you and your family can relax and enjoy a special night together.

Beginning at 6 pm we will have a DJ to entertain you, as well as food from Delish Dogs, Finest City Kettlecorn, which has kettlecorn and shaved ice, and Yogurt Heaven. Yum!

The movie begins at dusk, at about 7:15 pm. Bring the kids, blankets, and low-profile chairs and enjoy the movie. Get there early to get a good spot. The event is co-sponsored by the city of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. For more information, please go to www.summermoviesinthepark.com.

Join a Community Asset

It’s summer and you have decided to start volunteering. It’s a wonderful choice for you and your community! The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) might fit into your lifestyle. We would love to show you how you could be a valuable asset.

You’ve seen our white RSVP cars driving around your neighborhood, but what do we do? We make home checks on elderly people who have signed up for the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program and visit for a few minutes to ensure they are doing well. We also drive by all schools, shopping centers, banks, and parks. If you are on vacation, you can request that our volunteers check your home.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, retired or semiretired, pass a background check, and spend one week at an academy learning RSVP duties. Then you are ready to donate 3½ days a month. You also could volunteer at Balboa Park in the Ambassador Program. You would patrol the park in a golf cart and help visitors with their questions.

Call Jim Schulte at 538-8120 or drop by the office at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. Volunteer and help your community!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

SR Farmers Market Looks For New Home

To all of the families in Scripps Ranch who have supported us for almost 15 years, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We just received notice from the San Diego Unified School District that we have until June 30, 2017, before we will be forced to vacate the property where we are located—the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.

As you may know the district has leased the property at that site to the Monarch Group to ultimately build a four-story apartment complex. Our farmers market will be without a home, so we are asking all of our Scripps Ranch friends to help us find a new location. If you have any ideas or pull with agencies that could help us out, we would be forever grateful.

We don’t want to move, and neither do the more than 300 children who attend Innovations Academy—the charter school currently at the site. It’s so sad that so many Scripps Ranch residents are against this project, as well as the traffic, congestion, and problems it will cause, but the project is going forward anyway. We are open to hear any and all ideas.

Don’t forget to visit the farmers market to get your fresh, organic, and certified fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, and supplies for your 4th of July celebrations. All of our food vendors are available to cater parties, so reserve them now. If you haven’t been to our market in a while, you will be pleasantly surprised at the changes we have made. You can reach us at 586-7933 or [email protected]

Bev and Mike Cassity, SR Farmers Market Managers