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How To Prepare San Diego For Disaster

Evening Edition

Aired 9/4/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Tony Young, CEO American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial County

Dave Roberts, San Diego County Supervisor, District 3

Transcript

The heat is on in San Diego as we pass the halfway point of our fire season, which runs from June-Oct.

California has already seen its share of wildfires this year. In a period ending Aug. 24, there were 3,612 fires statewide.

Although one of the biggest — the Rim Fire in Yosemite — is now 80 percent contained, it has charred more than 237-thousand acres. The Rim Fire is the fourth largest wildfire on record for California.

There's an effort underway in San Diego County to make sure residents are prepared for an emergency such as a wildfire. A new initiative called "Prepare San Diego" has a goal of getting one million people to take action toward being prepared.

"Prepare San Diego" kicked off this week joining key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness.

Video

Cedar Fire 2003 Time-Lapse

Above: Cedar Fire Time Lapse, 2003

Video

Rim Fire-Burnout

Above: Rim Fire burnout captured by Supervisor Dave Roberts

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