Poway’s Wildfire Plan to be Addressed by Fire Marshal Jon Canavan at Public Meeting

Poway’s Wildfire Plan to be Addressed by Fire Marshal Jon Canavan at Public Meeting

Jon Canavan, Poway Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief, will present an overview of the City’s 2018 Wildfire Plan from 7 to 8:30 pm Thursday, July 12, in Poway City Council Chambers.  Speaking at a meeting of the Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps (PNEC), he will also advise what homeowners can do to protect their homes from fire damage and how to plan ahead to avoid disaster should your home be in the path of a wildfire.  Canavan said he will also update the public on how the department is evolving, along with the addition of new personnel at the Poway Fire Department and Safety Services.

He has learned first hand what Poway will need to survive a wildfire throughout his fire fighting career, with a grim reminder from his deployment last year to both the Ventura Fires and Montecito Mudslides.  This led to a greater focus on priorities within the fire department, especially evacuation routes due to increased traffic congestion in the San Diego area.  Canavan noted he looks forward to meeting residents after the meeting.

The nonprofit PNEC works to complement the City of Poway Emergency Operations Plan through a grass roots communication network of neighbors. For more information on PNEC, please visit http://powaynec.com.

Field Day – Saturday, June 23 & Sunday June 24

Everything you ever wanted to know and observe about Ham Radio is happening on Saturday, June 23-24th.   It is the Poway Amateur Radio Society’s (PARS)  2nd Annual Ham Radio Field Day!

If you wonder what this is all about, here is a link to an excellent description of what it is: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2018/2018%20FD%20Flier.pdf

Thanks to support from the Poway Fire Department, PARS has the privilege of using the facilities located at the Poway Fire Training Center located at:12335 Crosthwaite Circle, June 23 – 24.

The 24 hour communications activity is scheduled for June 23, 11:00 AM (PST) – June 24, 11:00 AM (PST).

This is a chance to: get on the ham bands for fun  even if you don’t have any experience or a license! There will be a hands on booth for those who have never tried it but want to.  Then wander around and watch others as they practice principles of ham radio equipment setup in the field (choosing and testing antennas, electric generators and power supply sources, etc.), using the equipment, keeping logs, etc.  If you are a Ham Operator and would like to participate by setting up a station then please contact;

Charlie Ristorcelli –  nn3vham@gmail.com

 

June is National Pet Preparedness Month

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, so here are some tips to help keep pets safe during a natural disaster.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, 62 percent of American households include at least one pet.

Find a shelter: Before a natural disaster occurs, contact your local emergency management office to find a place to evacuate pets. If they must be boarded at a kennel, animal shelter or veterinarian’s office, provide updated medical records for the animals.

  • Prepare a pet kit: Gather pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, a manual can opener and food dishes in the event they’re not available later.
  • Update pet ID tags: Have identification tags updated and securely fastened to the pet’s collar. Additionally, consider having a microchip put under the animal’s skin.
  • Protect pets during disasters: Pets have instincts about severe weather, and they may isolate themselves when scared. Bring them inside if there is bad weather on the horizon, which could prevent them from running away.
  • Monitor pets after an emergency: Pet behavior sometimes changes after an emergency, with animals becoming anxious or aggressive. Watch them closely until things have settled down.

 

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Save energy at home this summer

Save energy at home this summer

We understand that no one likes higher-than-expected energy bills. Here are some tips to reduce your energy use during the warmer months – without sacrificing your family’s comfort.

  • Tilt blinds up and close drapes on windows that receive direct sunlight.
  • Open windows in the evening to let cooler air in when safe.
  • Run your ceiling fan while your A/C is on; this will allow you to raise your thermostat about 4 degrees while maintaining the same level of comfort.
  • Enable “power management” on all computers and turn off when not in use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water. About 90 percent of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.
  • Postpone using heat-producing appliances like the oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer after 9 p.m.
  • On hot afternoons, consider leaving home, and going someplace cool like the shopping mall, movie theater or library.

Check out SDG&E’s one-minute video tips for more energy-saving ideas on cooling, weatherization, refrigerators, home electronics, indoor/outdoor lighting and pools.

Quarterly Neighborhood Coordinator and Ham Operator Meeting – June 7

Quarterly Neighborhood Coordinator and Ham Operator meeting this week. This meeting is specifically for these two groups to come together for the purpose of strengthening communication relationships in order to find the gaps and holes and test the communication network within our neighborhoods! 

 

Please join us for our next meeting which is next week on: 

June 7th, Thursday, 7:00 pm  

Fire Station #1, 13050 Community Rd 

(education classroom located on the 1st floor next to the engine bays in back portion of parking lot.)

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