Community Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

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“Be Storm Ready” Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Pismo Beach Sandbag Station Locations (Bags and shovel will be provided on site):     

            1) 550 Frady Lane                       
            2) South of the Basketball Courts across from Beachcomber                   Ave.
            3) Ventana Fire Station Lot

Watch a video by California Department of Water Resources on the proper way to fill and use sand bags

Sandbag Stations
  1. For Families
  2. For Businesses
  3. For Communities

Whether it is floods, fires, earthquakes or influenza, emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. It’s not always possible to avoid these emergencies, but you can be prepared.


• It is important to be equipped to support yourself, your family and your pet(s) for up to 3 days after an emergency situation.

• Having an emergency plan and a 72-hour emergency kit prepared will help you until emergency personnel can assist you and allows 
  emergency responders to focus their efforts on those who are in immediate danger.

• The City of Pismo Beach has the Pismo Pulse App that that will send out emergency alerts. This app is free and can be downloaded by  both iPhone and Android devices. 

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Emergency-Preparedness kit

What is in a 72-hour kit?

Item Description
Bottled water Store one gallon per person per day. Ideally, you should replace the water twice annually.
Food A minimum of 3 days' food that won't spoil and requires minimal preparation, such as canned or dried food and energy bars. Be sure to check expiration dates regularly. Add a can opener in your kit and possibly a portable camping stove, do not use indoors.
Medication Include any prescription medication that family members take. Be sure to refresh regularly. If extra medication cannot be store be sure to take it with you if you need to evacuate.
First Aid kit First Aid kits are essential items for your kit. These usually sold pre-assembled and can range in size. Choose one based on the size and medical needs of your family.
Wind-up flashlight and radio These are available at many outdoor equipment stores and online. If you choose to use a batter-operated flashlight or radio, be sure to stock extra batteries and replace annually.
External battery pack or wind-up cell phone charger You could be without power for days, or you may have to evacuate. It's important that you have use of your cell phone to call for help or receive information/updates. 
Dust masks and duct tape These may help protect you in a disaster and can help during a shelter-in-place.
Whistle A whistle will help attract attention if needed.
Personal sanitation items Consider including moist towelettes, garbage bags and toilet paper.
Warm clothes and blankets or sleeping bags Blankets or sleeping bags can keep you warm and give you comfort in the event of an evacuation.
Important Documents Have emergency contact information as part of your family's emergency plan. Store this information and important documents in your 72-hour kit. Consider digital copies of documents, photos and music. Remember to update regularly.
Cash in small bills and coins If power is out debit and credit cards may not work. You may want coins in case you need to use coin-operated laundry facilities.
Baby supplies and pet items If applicable, stock your kit with baby food, diapers, formula, extra clothes and baby wipes. If you have a pet, know your pet evacuation plan and have items for your pet in your kit.
Entertainment Consider including non-power consuming entertainment such as games, cards or books.
  1. Mobility Disability
  2. Vision Disability
  3. Hearing Disability
  4. Special Medical Needs

Preparing for an emergency with a mobility disability

Being prepared before disaster strikes is the best way to manage an emergency situation. For someone who has reduced mobility, emergency planning requires some additional planning. The following information will help you start planning for an emergency.

Build a support network

Emergency situations can be very stressful. Creating an emergency contact list will make it easier for you to know who to call and where you can go. Keep a copy of this list in your emergency kit and on your person.

As part of your family emergency plan, you should have contacts both in and out of the city who can help you and your family in an emergency. Include the names, phone numbers and addresses of these people in your phone and 72-hour kit.

Plan for an evacuation

•Familiarize yourself with all escape routes, emergency exits and emergency equipment in your home. If you live in an apartment building, try to live on the lower floor if possible.

•If you are in a wheelchair, know how much it weighs and if it can be easily transported. Know of several different ways to exit a building in the event that elevators are not working or your main route is compromised.

•If you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter, store a lightweight manual wheelchair as a possible backup.

•Evacuation devices can be used if you have to leave a wheelchair behind. Lightweight chairs can be used to carry you downstairs.

•Be prepared to give brief instructions regarding how to move you, should it be required.

Build an emergency kit

In addition to storing food, water, a First Aid kit, important documents and other basic items, you should start thinking about any additional items you might need in your kit. What do you use on a daily basis? What would you need if you had to leave your home for a long period of time?

•If applicable, consider including a tire patch kit, seal-in-air product, inner tubes, a backup battery and spare catheters.

•Keep a pair of heavy gloves in your kit o use while wheeling or making your way over glass and debris.

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