There are a number of things that you can do to protect our homes from wild land fire. Create and maintain clearance around your home. Proper clearance to 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire. This 100 foot defensible space also provides for firefighter safety when protecting homes during a wild land fire. Cut weeds and dry grass before 10 a.m. when the humidity is higher and temperatures are cooler to reduce the chance of igniting a fire (39K PDF). In case of a wildfire:
- For a real-time satellite update of fire in areas surrounding Talega [click here]
- For statewide fire incident updates go to CAL FIRE [click here]
- Camp Pendleton Fire Department updates [facebook] [twitter]
Information provided by CAL FIRE
For property related emergencies dial (800) 428-5588
If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away.
- If you are in a car, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake.
- If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
- If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings.
- Do not get in a doorway.
- Do not run outside.
Prepare Before an Earthquake
The best time to prepare for any disaster is before it happens.
- Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On with family and coworkers.
- Secure heavy items in your home like bookcases, refrigerators, televisions and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
- Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated.
- Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher and a whistle.
- Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. A standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover earthquake damage.
- Consider making improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake.
Stay Safe After an Earthquake
If an earthquake has just happened, there can be serious hazards such as damage to the building, leaking gas and water lines, or downed power lines.
- Expect aftershocks to follow the main shock of an earthquake.
- Check yourself to see if you are hurt and help others if you have training. Learn how to be the help until help arrives.
- If you are in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building. Do not enter damaged buildings.
- If you are trapped, protect your mouth, nose and eyes from dust. Send a text, bang on a pipe or wall or use a whistle instead of shouting to help rescuers locate you.
- If you are in an area that may experience tsunamis, go inland or to higher ground immediately after the shaking stops.
- Text messages may be more reliable than phone calls.
- Once you are safe, listen to local news reports for emergency information and instructions via battery-operated radio, TV, social media or from cell phone text alerts.
- Be careful during post-disaster cleanup of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during cleanup.
- Register on the American Red Cross “Safe and Well” website so people will know you are okay.
Bordering the Cleveland National Forest, wildlife occasionally roams our communities. To help keep wildlife problems to a minimum we ask you to keep all sources of food and water out of the yard. Keep trash lids secure. You can also use rags soaked in ammonia, mothballs or cayenne pepper around the yard. Here are some guides on how to be prepared:
“My pet was attacked or killed by a coyote or other wildlife“
The California Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) allows you to report incidents. CDFW assigns a designated “Investigator” based on the geographic location and responds to all WIRs.
“What can I do with an injured animal?“
If you find or see an injured animal please contact the San Clemente Coastal Animal Services Authority (CASA) as soon as possible at (949) 492-1617. After business hours please call the Orange County Sheriffs Department at (949)770-6011. Remember all animals can bite; please insure your safety, then the animals.
“There is a wild animal that has me concerned. What can I do?“
San Clemente borders Cleveland National Forest so wild animals are common. CASA does not trap or relocate wildlife. Although the beauty of our wildlife is a wonderful thing, sometimes problems do occur. For More Information Please visit the following websites:
The San Clemente Coastal Animal Services Authority (CASA) shelter is Located at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672.
All Talega neighborhoods participate in the San Clemente Police Services Neighborhood Watch Program. The program currently has 350 neighborhood watch captains who supervise over 600 neighborhood watch groups.