In Case of a Disaster
After earthquakes, wildfires and other disasters, some businesses and households may be faced with challenges or hardship related to water and food quality, pool sanitation, chemical spills or other emergencies.
- For immediate chemical or environmental emergencies: call 911.
- For specific and topical information, we hope you find the information below helpful in both preparing for an emergency and in response to an emergency.
- For more general information on preparing for and responding to a disaster, see the County's Office of Emergency Services website, ReadySanDiego. For questions regarding any of this information, please contact us.
- How to report a chemical emergency (First call 911)
- Protecting your family from the health effects of smoke
- How to prepare for emergencies
- Find an Open Shelter (Red Cross)
- Wildfire Smoke - Guidance for Public Health Professionals
- Boil Water Order Information
- Purifying Water
- Water Well Disinfection
- Swimming Pools Impacted by Smoke and Ash
- Boil Water Order Information (Safe Drinking Water)
- Sewage Impacts to Ocean Water
- Swimming Pools - Power Outages
- Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems - Permit Processing for Fire-Damaged Homes
- Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems - Emergency TOPS for Fire-Damaged Homes
- Emergency/Disaster Procedures for Food Facilities
- Food Safety During Power Outage / VIDEO
- Emergency Shelter & Mass Feeding Center Guidelines
- Fire Recovery for Food Facilities: Damaged Food
- Fire Recovery for Food Facilities: Disposal of Spoiled Food
- Flood Readiness and Prevention Tips
- Propane Gas Fact Sheet
- Protecting Public Health from Home and Building Fire Ash
- Guidance for Disposal of Hazardous Substances #1
(Handling Ash, Debris and other Hazardous Materials from Burned Structures)
- Guía de Emergencia en Incendios Forestales #1: Manejo de Cenizas, Escombros y Otros Materiales Peligrosos de Estructuras Calcinadas
- Guidance for Disposal of Hazardous Materials #2
(Management Options for Expedited Collection of Hazardous Wastes from Burned Areas)
- Guía de Emergencia en Incendios Forestales #2: Alternativas de Gestión para una Recolección Agilizada de Residuos Peligrosos de Zonas Calcinadas
- How to dispose of household hazardous waste
|Recovery and Clean Up Information|
- Ash Clean Up (CalEPA)
- Deceased Animal Removal
For information on landfills accepting deceased animals, vist the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency webpage.
- What To Do After A Wildfire (DEH)
- What To Do After A Wildfire (Red Cross)