Descanso Community Workshop May 6, 2017
Descanso Community Fair July 2016
In early 2004, notably after the October 2003 Cedar Fire, a small group of concerned Descanso community members assembled at the Town Hall and discussed formation of an emergency preparedness group in order to address our ability to respond to future events akin to fire, earthquake, flood, or terrorism, both in advance and during such potentially life-changing situations. As such, the Descanso Emergency Planning Group (DEPG) was formed. We seek to educate and inform our community of the importance in being ready for such eventualities along with making whatever preparations we can do to help out when such eventualities do occur. To that end, we have:
- written a county-sponsored community emergency disaster and evacuation plan, which has subsequently evolved into a state-recognized Community Wildfire Protection Plan, thereby enabling eligibility for various state and federal grants
- written by-laws and articles of incorporation that have enabled incorporation of the DEPG as a 501(c)3 non-profit status entity, along with maintenance of a post-office box.
- staffed booths and provided informational handouts at major community events
- held CPR training and certification classes
- enabled availability of color-coded reflective home address signs at a reasonable price for easy home location identification
- established relationships with various municipal and private agencies, which have resulted in the permanent transfer to Descanso of an American Red Cross Mass Care Trailer, the establishment of Camp Oliver as a designated Mass Care Center, establishment of Descanso Elementary School as a Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP), and the establishment of a cache of disaster-relief supplies at the local Rural Fire Station 45 on River Road, all of which are intended to support both local and regional east-county disaster relief
- encouraged, supported, and enabled ongoing efforts by the community to maintain defensible space around their residences through education and, when available, low-cost to no-cost chipping services
We hold meetings on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Descanso Library. All are welcome. We post our agenda at Perkins, the Post Office and the Library 3 days before the meeting. If you would like to have the agenda sent by email. Please contact us by the email address in our Contact section. Come to a meeting to learn more about community safety in emergencies.
Meanwhile, please feel free to check out our website for usefultools and information to help in an emergency. There is general information available on many preparedness topics in the form of text, downloads, links to other websites of further interest, and preparedness event notification.
For more information about Fire Safe Councils in general check out this pamphlet produced by the San Diego County Fire Safe Council.
SD County Fire Safe Council Pamphlet