City of Poway Shelter Training – March 17

Saturday, March 17th, 8:00am—1:00pm
Fire Station # 3, 14322 Pomerado Road, Poway, CA
**Open to all residents of Poway**


Learn how to volunteer in an evacuation shelter in times of disaster. This class is sponsored by the City of Poway and will allow you to serve the community of Poway as a registered disaster worker.

To register or for more information:

Call Susy Turnbull at 858-668-4474 or

(Coffee and light snacks provided)

Feb. 15 PNEC Meeting to Feature Poway Fire Inspector Role for Fire Safety

Senior Fire Inspector Andy Loperena to Discuss Fire Safety Process for all Poway Structures

The senior fire inspector for the city of Poway, Andy Loperena, will address the community about his department’s role in keeping the city safe from fires at a 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 15 community meeting in Poway City Council Chambers on Civic Center Drive.

Andy will talk about the team of fire inspectors employed by the City of Poway and their responsibilities. The permitting process of new homes built in Poway and the overall fire safety process for all structures in Poway will be addressed. He will also cover the inspection process the fire department does in advance to ensure the safety of the new businesses and the annual review process for recertification of ensuring fire safety for all businesses.

This meeting is presented by the nonprofit Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps (PNEC) that works to complement the City of Poway Emergency Operations Plan through a grass roots communication network of neighbors.

2017 Poway Emergency Fair Photos

The 2017 Poway Emergency Fair was well-attended and a great source of information on emergency preparedness. In addition to First Responders, community service organizations, and local providers of products and services, Amateur Radio operators conducted an “Extreme Fair Weather Drill” to demonstrate the use of Ham Radio in an emergency.

Smoke Alarm Installation Day was a Success!!

Almost 100 smoke alarms were installed in the Poway Royal Estates neighborhood. Thanks to Mayor Steve Vaus, the San Diego Red Cross, Poway Fire Department, and the many volunteers who participated for making Poway safer.

Amateur Radio Operators from the Poway NEC were on hand to assist with communications between the Command Center and the installation teams, and were able to redirect teams on-the-fly and save a lot of unnecessary trips.

Is Your Pool Overflowing? Read This to Learn How to Lower the Water Level.

Due to the rain forecast, it’s important to know how to drain your pool in case it’s getting close to overflowing. Please only drain your pool if it’s in danger of overflowing. If you have an autofill feature, it will stop itself from overflowing.

Do not try to drain water from the pool using the backwash valve, as this will damage the filter. In order to properly drain your pool, please do the following:

Locate the hose spigot on top of the pool pump and attach a garden hose to it. Place the other end of the hose anywhere you might want the water to drain. Once the hose is in place, turn on the pump and open the hose spigot. Water should start to drain out of the pool. We are projected to get around 6 inches of water in this storm, so drain as much water as needed, but do not drain your whole pool.

Help Provide Poway with a Fully-Equipped Emergency Communications Trailer

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The Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps is raising funds to provide Poway with a fully-equipped emergency communications trailer to better prepare and protect our residents in the event of an emergency or disaster. Our mission includes complementing the City of Poway’s emergency preparedness efforts through networking and sharing emergency information with the citizens of Poway. The trailer will be staffed and operated by licensed amateur (“ham”) radio operators volunteering their services in any emergency. Currently we have over 30 ham radio operators who have formed a Poway radio net called the Poway Amateur Communications Team (PACT), which meets on the Mt. Woodson VHF repeater on Tuesday evenings each week at 8:30 pm. Once a month after these nets, we practice a simplex drill to see who we can reach without the benefit of the repeater. These same operators would be able and ready to deploy the Communications Trailer in times of communications exercises and real emergencies. In the event of a real emergency, PACT has a chair in the Poway Emergency Operations Center, insuring accurate emergency information being disseminated to our Neighborhood Coordinators and ultimately the residents of Poway.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to make this dream a reality. We already have a commitment of $5000, and we need the community’s support to reach the goal of $50,000. We are hopeful you may be able to help us achieve this goal.

The Poway NEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our Taxpayer Identification Number is 26-1722021, and tax donation receipt letters will be provided to all donors.

If you’d like to help by donating, you can make a secure donation via PayPal:

Thank you for your consideration in this important matter!

Sincerely – Terri Sorensen, Chair, PNEC