Category Archives: Emergency Preparedness

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

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.


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.)

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.