Disasters Strike Quickly

The deaths and devastation from the Northern California fires are horrendous. The fact that people did not even have a chance to leave their homes is terrifying. As of press time, it was reported that the majority of deaths were among the elderly, who simply could not leave their homes quickly enough. If you have an older loved one, help them prepare for a wildfire and come up with an escape plan if they have to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Preparedness for any disaster is a must. We have spent a lot of time talking about preparing your home for a fire. But is your insurance coverage up to date and enough to cover a loss? Do you have pictures or video of everything in your house? What happens if you are not home? Some thought needs to be given for those circumstances. Emergency kits for your home, work, and car should be considered.

The first choice is to always evacuate when told to do so by officials or if a fire is close. But what if you can’t leave? You need to be prepared to shelter in place.

Prepare Your Home

  • Make sure you have at least 100 feet of defensible space, www.wildlandfireRSG.org
  • Consider barricade gel for your home, www.firegel.com
  • Cover your vents, www.brandguardvents.com

Make a Plan

  • When to leave, where to go, how to get there, what to take
  • Have a box of important documents and pictures packed
  • Scan those documents and pictures and store them online

Stay Informed

  • To check the status of fires, go to www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
  • Register your phone for reverse 911 calls at www.readysandiego.org/alert

Get Involved

  • Know your neighbors
  • Who will need help evacuating
  • Exchange cell phone numbers
  • What about pets

Check these websites for more details:

  • srfiresafe.org; go to srfiresafe.org/information for the SR Evacuation Plan and the Homeowners Checklist
  • www.readysandiego.org
  • www.211sandiego.org

To reach the SRFSC, call 201-3711 or email [email protected]

Neighborhood Watch: See Something, Say Something

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “If you see something, say something.” The intent is not to limit your “saying” to a post on social media. We at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) are bewildered when we see a Facebook or NextDoor post about a crime or suspicious criminal behavior that was not reported to police! The police do not monitor these posts and may not learn of the incident unless someone calls it in.

If not reported, this criminal behavior may occur again, and you may be the next victim. Please call the police non-emergency number at 858-484-3154. Trust your gut! If you see a crime in progress, call 911. To sign up for crime alert emails, go to www.scrippsranch.org/watch. For questions, please email us at [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Season of Giving

Becky’s Gift Toy Drive was started eight years ago by two Scripps Ranch moms, Becky Walton and Christie Jackson, and their daughters Kailey and Carly Walton and Olivia and Elle Jackson. It was a way to help families who were being treated for cancer during the holiday season.

We saw how emotionally, physically, and financially difficult it was for families and wanted to do something to help. This year we hope to again exceed our goal of more than 1,000 toys. We could not have done it without the amazing generosity of our Scripps Ranch community!

We are collecting new unwrapped toys and gift cards for children ages 1–16 from Wednesday, Nov. 1, until Tuesday, Dec. 19. Toys can be dropped off at Fitness Quest 10 at 10006 Scripps Ranch Boulevard or Scripps Rock Dental at 12112 Scripps Summit Drive. To arrange a pick up, please email [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/BeckysGift. The items will be distributed to three cancer centers. Thank you.

Candy Buy Back!

Send your Halloween candy to our military overseas and get $1 per pound. Scripps Pediatric Dentistry again is teaming up with Operation Gratitude. Bring in candy from Wednesday, Nov. 1, until Thursday, Nov. 9, at 9840 Hibert Street, Suite B-4, next to Trader Joe’s.