Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Summer!

Looking for summer fun in San Diego? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this summer!

San Diego County Fair

June 2 – July 4

San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar. More information here.

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San Diego Brew & Food Festival

June 4

Beer and food collide at Waterfront Park for a midday festival showcasing San Diego’s finest eats and drinks! More information here.

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San Diego Festival of the Arts

June 11-12

The San Diego Festival of the Arts has moved locations to Waterfront Park for the first time in 29 years. Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm, almost 200 artists will be set up in the park along with live entertainment, food from local restaurants, and SD craft beers.  More information here.

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Oysterfest

June 17-18

What started as a simple ode to the oyster has become one of San Diego’s most popular events for live music, beer, food, bay-side views and a whole bunch of good-looking locals! More information here.

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Del Mar Summer Solstice

June 23

A handful of Del Mar’s most applauded restaurants will gather at Powerhouse Park for a bountiful culinary showcase alongside selections of California wine and beers! More information here.

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37th annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

June 25

This local favorite combines endless chili samplings, five stages of music, a beachside beer garden and a lively artist’s alley all under the sun in Ocean Beach! More information here.

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Big Bay Boom 4th of July

July 4

The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing! More information here.

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Sun & Sea Festival

July 15-16

As “the original Imperial Beach sand castle competition,” the Sun & Sea Festival brings together world-class sand castle sculptors plus a pancake breakfast, live music, a parade and more. Don’t miss the intricate and impressive creations that give playing in the sand a whole new meaning! For more information click here.

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San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

July 16-17

The San Diego Pride Festival features multiple stages of entertainment with more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians and dance performers. Attendees can celebrate LGBT pride throughout the two-day fest, which also includes vendor booths, a beer garden, a dance floor and an artist area! For more information click here.

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Del Mar Racing Season

July 19 – September 3

Horse racing at its finest! Fun for the entire family where the turf meets the surf! More information here.

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San Diego Comic Con

July 20-23

Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. Don’t miss one of the biggest San Diego events this summer! More information here.

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Heroes Brew Craft Beer Fest

July 22

Even superheroes need a beer break. The annual Comic-Con beer fest brings caped crowds together at Waterfront Park downtown to sip from more than 40 breweries. Dress to impress because the costume contest offers major prizes for best original costume, superhero look-alike, best group costume and best super villain! More information here.

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Oceanside International Film Festival

August 7-14

The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties! More information here.

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Stone 20th Anniversary & Invitational Beer Festival

August 19-20

Celebrate the anniversary with a brewers reception on Friday night or beer fest on Saturday featuring more than 150 beers from 60-plus breweries. The fest will also showcase Stone Anniversary IPAs from their 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries, all on tap! More information here.

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Sharp Hospice Care Annual Benefit Dinner Regatta

August 25

Hosted by Sharp Hospice Care, the benefit regatta brings together racers, community organizations and local families for an important cause! More information here.

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San Diego Spirits Festival

August 27-28

This two-day event will boast more than 70 alcohol brands while heightening all of the senses with chef demonstrations, bartender competitions, dance performances and live music. Meet great liquor purveyors, talented mixologists and top chefs while indulging in unlimited cocktail and food samples! More information here.

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San Diego Bacon Fest

September 3

At the San Diego Bacon Fest, there is no limit to bacon or beer samples, meaning you’ll be double-fisting your way through the day. VIP ticket holders receive a brew caddie, which essentially hangs around your neck and holds your beer for you while you stuff your face. More information here.

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2017 Guide to San Diego Summer Camps

Summer 2017 is almost upon us! This year, there plenty of different summer camp programs in San Diego for kids of all ages to enjoy and experience!

General Camps/Programs

YMCA Overnight Camps

Since 1921, the YMCA of San Diego’s overnight camps have been providing positive, life-changing experiences in the outdoors. YMCA Camp Marston has been a San Diego favorite for thousands of children and families! More information here.

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Outpost Summer Camp 

The Outpost experience has three pillars that parents have loved for over 15 summers: door-to-door transportation, traditional camp activities , and exceptional, well-trained staff that ensure a quality experience for each child! More information here.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD) is committed to helping kids of all backgrounds and interests develop into well-rounded, successful young adults. More information here.

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Challenge Island

Challenge Island camps are the perfect destination for your child during summer and other school breaks. Built around pop culture themes kids love, Challenge Island camps feel like action-packed vacations in their own right! More info can be found here.

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Academic Camps 

All-Star Academy

All-Star Academy provides elementary students with a well-rounded summer camp experience that implements educational, athletic, and imaginative activities for campers! More information here.

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Huntington Learning Center

This summer offers the perfect opportunity for students to get back on track with academics at Huntington Learning Center. Since 1977, Huntington has helped students in kindergarten through 12th grade to improve their grades, test scores, and confidence through proven programs! More information here.

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County Montessori School 

This summer, parents who want to give their children the opportunity to broaden their horizons need look no further than a local school. Country Montessori School, situated on a three-acre campus with extensive playground areas, will offer seven individually themed camp weeks with half-day and full-day options for ages 2.5 to 10 years! More information here.

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Animal Camps

Sea World Resident Camps

Experience SeaWorld up-close and behind-the-scenes and learn how we care for dolphins, penguins, sharks, and more. Explore San Diego’s beaches when you surf and snorkel! More information here.

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 San Diego Safari Park Summer Camps 

Discover an adventure like no other during the Safari Park’s Summer Camp! There may be many types of summer camp for kids, but few will have campers interacting with rhinos and giraffes, meeting meerkats, getting up close to cheetahs, feeding okapis, and discovering African wonders the way the Safari Park’s will! More information here.

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Summer Horse Riding Camp

Week long camps in Rancho Santa Fe to learn about horses and have fun! Activities include lessons, horse safety and care, trail rides, stable management, games, and more! Call Lena at 760-822-7483 for details!

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Art Camps

Drawn2Art San Diego

Join Drawn2Art this summer for a variety of camps that are designed to spark a desire for future investigation and learning for young artists ages four to 17! Click here for more information.

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Sew Inspired 

Have your kids learn about the intrinsic joy of sewing and design! Sewing is a noble, character building skill that kids love engaging in! Join in on one of America’s favorite past-times! More information here.

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Music Camps 

Studio West Music Production Camps

Musical teens can hone their skills and have a blast in San Diego’s largest professional recording studio, which has hosted the likes of blink-182 and the Arctic Monkeys. Musicians and non-musicians of all skill levels are welcome – there are plenty of roles for everyone, from singer to musician to producer to engineer! More information here.

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Mini Theatre Troupe 

Musical theater professionals teach week-long classes that focus on singing, acting, and dancing, all while having a great time with theater games, improvisation, and lots more. Each week creates a unique show which showcases the songs and scenes campers worked on during the week! More information here.

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Scripps Performing Arts Academy 

Throughout their time in the program, dance and musical theatre campers will improve their technical dance and theatre skills, choreography, singing, and acting. They’ll also make arts and crafts, help design sets, and participate in a costumed performance with fellow campers! More information here.

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Sports Camps

San Diego Force FC

San Diego Force Futbol Club (SD Force FC) Camps offer the exciting opportunity to experience specialized, intensive soccer training focusing on the technical, tactical, and physical demands of the game! More information here.

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Del Norte Hoops Camp 

Del Norte Hoops Camp is one of the largest attended camps in North County and has a ratio of no more than 10 players to one experienced coach. The team is excited to host multiple camps for both Biddy Ball and Youth Camps! More information here.

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Del Mar Junior Lifeguards 

If your child’s idea of the perfect summer day includes heading to the ocean, consider Del Mar Junior Lifeguard’s camp programs for a summer of improved self-esteem, physical fitness, and fun. More information here.

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Science Camps

RobotCity Workshop West

Programming has become a modern-day language to express ideas, inspiring originality while developing logical thinking. Unlike courses with heavy screen time, RobotCity students will spend much time building, rebuilding, and testing the renowned Makeblock mBot robot in the field. This allows your child to bring together STEM concepts in a way only they can dream and design. More information here.

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Tech Know How

TechKnowHow’s week-long summer camps offer a variety of fun and enriching hands-on projects which teach students how to use technology creatively! More information here.

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San Diego Easter Brunch Guide 2017

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 16! If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch at one of the many wonderful San Diego restaurants, this guide is for you!

L’Auberge Del Mar

The Del Mar resort (located at the historic site of the former Stratford Inn and Hotel Del Mar) has been a beach-side staple of North County for decades. The resort’s Coastline Easter Brunch Buffet will be served on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Make a reservation by calling 858-793-6460 or visit www.laubergedelmar.com.

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The Prado in Balboa Park
Celebrate Easter at The Prado located in the heart of Balboa Park. This year, Champagne Buffet Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   For more information visit their webpage.
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Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will each host Champagne Brunch buffets on Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively, complete with live musical entertainment.  Visit their website to make reservations.

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The Marine Room

For 75 years, this seaside staple in La Jolla has been known for its incredible views and the pounding surf that creates dramatic displays outside the restaurant’s windows. On Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make a reservation visit their webpage.

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The Westgate Hotel
Celebrate Easter in San Diego at the Westgate Hotel where guests are invited to enjoy holiday fun and relaxation in Parisian style. The hotel will be full of Easter joy at its festive Easter Champagne brunch from 10 a.m to 3 p.m Visit their page to make a reservation.
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The US Grant
From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the US Grant will host its Easter Brunch Buffet.  Entertainment includes photos with the Easter Bunny and live music.  To make a reservation, visit their page.
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Pacifica Del Mar
Enjoy brunch with an ocean view! Pacifica’s brunch includes classic items like Smoked Pork Shoulder Hash as well as Pacifica favorites like Ruby Red Tuna Tartare. Visit their website to make reservations.
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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort & Decoy Dockside Dining 
Dine dockside this Easter at the Lakehouse Hotel between 9:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m. The brunch buffet will include hand-carved meats, breakfast favorites, a chilled seafood display, and dessert bar. More information can be found here.
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Georges California Modern
Celebrate Easter Sunday with La Jolla’s best views and a very special brunch filled French Toast with Chino Farms strawberries, Cauliflower Rigatoni, Snapper Crudo, Baja Shrimp Omelet, Eggs Benedict with Meyer Lemon Hollandiase, and more. Visit their website to make a reservation.
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Chandler’s Oceanfront Dining
Celebrate Easter Sunday at Chandler’s between 10:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m for a celebration fit for the whole family.  Enjoy brunch classics, ocean views, face painting, an egg hunt, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Click here for more information!
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 Fairmont at The Grand Del Mar
Celebrate Easter at The Grand Del Mar Resort from 10 a.m to 2 p.m  with Chef de Cuisine Joshua Dorfner with everything from pre-round pick-me-ups to late-night cravings. He satisfies hungry diners with his delicious, approachable cuisine that keeps you coming back for more.  To book a reservation click here!
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608 Oceanside 
Enjoy Easter Brunch with your family at Oceanside’s newest hot spot, 608. Book your reservations early to ensure a spot.
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Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 
Come celebrate Easter at the beautiful Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Inn is located on 21 acres of  lush lawns, flowering gardens, and winding pathways that create a charming and tranquil atmosphere. Click here for more information on this elaborate brunch buffet that will occur from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
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Rancho Valencia
Celebrate Easter Sunday at Rancho Valenica’s signature restaurant, Veladora from 10:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. There is something for the entire family with their signature holiday brunch and a fresh batch of holiday activities. Click here for more information on this special event.
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Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Spring!

Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this spring in San Diego!

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March 1-May 14:

Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders; a place where kids can run and adults can linger. This 50 acres of extraordinary color, better known as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers in addition to festivals throughout the season.

March 19-27:  

Adults and children alike can experience firsthand various activities such as what it is like to make rope for sailing, move cargo, raise and lower huge sails, tie sailors knots, visit a steam engine and many more fun things to see and do at the SD Maritime Museum’s Sailor Days. Click here for more information.

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The Goodguys 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals is a colorful “Full Throttle Fun” hot rod & custom car automotive themed festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1972 vintage. For tickets and more information, visit their website here.

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April 7-8

Padres baseball returns with a two-day block party in the East Village featuring food, music, games, and a beer garden set up along J Street. Ticket holders will score a free T-shirt at Friday’s game, and there’s a laser show scheduled for Saturday. Click here for more information.

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April 15

Over 30 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights. This is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego. Click here for more information.

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April 15:

A multitude of local breweries and distilleries will be participating along with some of San Diego’s best chefs for an afternoon that you won’t forget. MVCBF is an all-inclusive event. Your ticket includes unlimited sampling from every participating brewery, distillery and eatery. We will be adding more participants for you to enjoy! For tickets, click here.

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April 23

Set in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the San Diego Earth Fair features a children’s parade, booths, educational exhibits, music and earth-friendly food! The annual Earth Fair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Earth Fair 2016 will be our 27th annual event! Each year, the Earth Fair draws around 60,000 visitors.

 

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April 22 & 23

The 25th annual Oceanside Days of Art will be held on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm. ODA is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, and photography. For more information, click here.

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April 27-30

A loved and eagerly anticipated tradition, Art Alive 2017 celebrates it’s 36th year and the stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers. Click here for more information.

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May 7 

Since 1975, The Carlsbad Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast guarantee that you’ll find fun for the whole family!

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May 13

The San Diego Air & Space Museum will host its 14th Annual Space Day celebration on Saturday May 13th from 10:00am-2:00pm! Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts.

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May 20-21

Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego.The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. Visit their website here.

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May 29

This Memorial Day, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial commemoration ceremony will include a special salute to our nation’s Gold Star families.

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Board & Brew

1212 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

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Board & Brew has been a Del Mar staple for over 30 years. They stick to a simple menu, offering quality sandwiches and craft beer. It’s a simple concept, but Board & Brew does it really well. With a laid-back, beach-inspired environment, it’s no wonder Board and Brew has become the iconic hotspot for surfers and business professionals alike.

Quality ingredients and simple, California-style sandwich creations are what keep people coming back. The Turkado is their most popular sandwich. However, the real secret that puts Board and Brew above the rest has got to be their sauce. A sweet and sour creation, their sauce is unlike any other and goes great with any type of sandwich. Many have claimed to have developed a physical addiction to this sauce, but this phenomenon has yet to be supported by scientific evidence. Kids and adults agree, Board & Brew is one of the best spots in Del Mar to grab a lunchtime bite!

Live outside of Del Mar? Board & Brew has expanded in recent years with locations across San Diego in Scripps Ranch, Del Sur, Pacific Beach, and even two shops in Carlsbad!

 

Residential Emergency Preparedness

Natural disasters and severe weather events are often unpredictable. Learn how to protect yourself and loved ones by planning ahead.

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Make an Emergency Plan:

Work as a team with your family and neighbors to solidify a plan that fits your needs.

  • Plan the quickest escape routes out of your home and neighborhood
  • Decide on a meeting place outside your home and neighborhood
  • Consider limitations with family members (e.g., wheelchair accessibility)
  • Carry the contact information of family members, local neighborhood contacts, and out of town contacts in your wallet or purse
  • Consider an alternative plan for communication in case telephone lines stop working
  • Know the safest areas of your home in case it is too dangerous to evacuate
  • Have each person with a cellphone download the San Diego Emergency App

Review Utility Shut-Off Procedures:

Contact your utility company for correct emergency procedures on how to turn off electricity, water, and gas. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly and change the batteries according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Gather Important Documents:

Keep vital records such as social security cards, birth certificates, wills, deeds, and passports in a safe location such as a safety deposit or fire safe box.

Catalog Personal Property:

As tedious as it seems, taking inventory of the items in your home is necessary. This is a safe way to ensure that you are fairly reimbursed  by insurance, and eases the process of applying for federal disaster aid.  This is also a good time to review your insurance policies and become familiar with your coverage.

Create an Emergency Kit:

Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure you have emergency supplies. According to Ready.gov, a basic emergency kit should include:

  • Water — one gallon per person per day, for at least three days
  • Food — a three-day supply of non-perishables (and a can opener)
  • Battery-powered (or hand-crank) radio, with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Cellphone, with chargers (or a solar charger)
  • Cash or traveler’s checks

Do Your Homework:

Research which disasters are most common in your region. Consider both human-caused (e.g. transportation accidents, hazardous materials) and natural disasters (e.g.fires, earthquakes) and consider how they will affect you. Familiarize yourself with with how local authorities, television, and radio stations warn you of potential or current disaster situations. Ready San Diego has a list of the most likely disasters to affect San Diegans and how to prepare for them.

Pet Disaster Kit:

It is crucial to make sure you’ve made provisions for each pet in your family’s emergency kit. Items to prepare ahead of time include:

  • Water for each pet for at least three days
  • Food for each pet for at least three days
  • Extra leashes and collars
  • Working carriers or containers for each pet
  • Copies of each pet’s current vaccine records (necessary if you need to go to an emergency shelter)
  • Extra supplies and bedding for reptiles, birds, fish, and rodents

Make sure your pets are microchipped and that the microchip has your current information. Each pet should also have an id tag with your current information. Visit County of San Diego Animal Services for even more information on preparing your pet emergency kit.

Share this information with your family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers to effectively respond to an emergency or disaster situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Coexist With Wildlife in San Diego

Living in rural areas of San Diego calls for peaceful coexistence with wildlife. Coyotes, snakes, rabbits, opossum, skunks, deer, and bobcats are just a few of the many animals we share our home with. Follow these tips for a more harmonious relationship with your wild neighbors!

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Home:


In order to keep your home protected from wildlife there are several things you can do to discourage wildlife from visiting:

-Use animal-proof garbage cans

-Keep trash inside until it’s time for the garbage to be collected

-Secure your compost pile

-Remove food residue from outdoor grills after cooking

-Buy locking pet doors

-Install chimney caps

-Periodically monitor your home for cracks and other openings to prevent small creatures from getting into your home

Property:

It’s nearly impossible to keep wild animals off of your property, but there are a few steps you can take to minimize their presence. Keep in mind that fruit trees, gardens, bird feeders, and bird baths naturally attract wildlife. If you want to reduce the presence of wildlife, you will need to remove these animal attractions. You can also clear or thin out shrubbery as many animals use these plants for cover. You may also want to install a higher fence.

Pets:

Many wild animals see your pet as prey. Take these steps to keep your pet safe and avoid a wild animal encounter:

-Feed your pet inside the home

-Do not allow your pet to roam free, especially at dusk.

-Keep your pet up to date with their vaccinations

-Pets should always be kept on leash when leaving the property

If you have issues with the local wildlife, please visit San Diego Wildlife or call 619-225-WILD (9543). Remember that it’s always best to let a trained professional deal with these animals rather than handling it yourself!