Your family may not be together when disaster strikes.

It is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

The Personal Disaster Plan was developed by the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services to help families be prepared in the event of a disaster. The Family Disaster Plan is a template and guide that will help you prepare for and survive a disaster.

Kids, What Can YOU Do?

Help your parents create a Personal Disaster Plan, make a list of emergency phone numbers put together or ask your parents to buy a Family Disaster Supplies Kit and plan ahead for caring for your pets.

Click here for what to do if there is a fire. 

Click here to learn about other weather events and unexpected situations.

Complete the Prepare with Pedro - Disaster Preparedness Activity Guide

A Disaster Supplies Kit can help your family stay safe.

After a disaster local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.

Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, and telephones may be cut off. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you.

Emergency Preparedness Quick Tips

The “Top 10 Tips” brochure series was developed by San Diego County's Access and Functional Needs Working Group. There are 2 different brochures available: One focusing of how people can prepare themselves and their home in the event of a disaster; and one helping people who may need assistance during a disaster and their family, friends and caregivers prepare before a disaster strikes. Please click on the links below for each of the brochures, or contact the Office of Emergency Services at (858) 565-3490 to have one mailed to you.

Girl Scout Patch Program

Girl Scout Logo

Did you know that Girl Scouts can earn a special patch by helping their neighbors get ready for emergencies?! Since 2006, the County of San Diego's Office of Emergency Services (OES) has partnered with Girl Scouts like you to do something important. They want to make sure families, friends, and neighbors are ready if something unexpected happens, and guess what? You get to play a key role in this!

Here's the deal: OES hands out something called a Personal Disaster Plan (PDP). This is a tool that families can use to prepare and stay safe when things get tough. Guess who gets to distribute them? Yep, you! 

Girl Scout Patch

Emergency Preparedness Patch Program

Many Girl Scout troops have stepped up to help. Think of it as a chain reaction: when lots of families in San Diego County have received these plans, you’re helping them stay informed and be one step ahead when a disaster strikes. OES and Girl Scouts are so pleased with the response that they're still going strong with this program.

But wait, there's more. You can earn your very own OES Merit badge! How? By delivering the PDP to at least 25 homes. It's like being a preparedness ambassador, helping others in your community to be prepared. Remember, keep track of the ZIP CODE and DELIVERY DATE of every home you deliver to on the Individual Data Form.  Once you’ve finished your deliveries, fill out the Patches Request Form and attach it to the Individual Data Form.  Send both forms in to OES. We'll be impressed with your effort and will send you those well-deserved patches.

Let's make a difference together! By taking part in this program, you're helping your community stay safe and ready for anything that comes their way.

Getting Family Disaster Plans

The Family Disaster Plans are available in English and Spanish, and can be requested from OES by emailing or calling (858) 565-3490.

Requesting Emergency Preparedness Patches

After the girls distribute the 25 Family Disaster Plans, please complete the Patches Request Form and mail the form along with all completed Individual Data Form(s) to:

Office of Emergency Services
ATTN: Girl Scouts Patch Program
5580 Overland Avenue, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123

Or fax the patch request and individual data form(s) to (858) 565-3499.


Individual Data Form

Patches Request Form


Childcare Resources

Childcare providers need a plan to protect their children, their employees, and their business.

Childcare providers are a critical resource in the community, especially during a disaster. The quicker childcare providers are able to respond to and recover from a disaster, the faster impacted families can return to home, work, and school.

Childcare providers can download and complete a plan below. They can also visit the links on this page for additional resources.

Childcare Resources

YMCA Childcare Resource and Referral

YMCA Resource and Referral provides families with information to help them understand options for care, and how to choose a quality program that meets their family's needs. To learn more call (619) 521-3055 or visit the YMCA Childcare Resource and Referral Center.

Your childcare program may have to follow procedures for a lockdown, secure campus, or shelter in place.

Your Local Fire Department

Many fire departments also serve as their city’s/community’s emergency planners. Contact them to learn more about hazards in your area as well as emergency preparedness resources that may be available.

2-1-1 San Diego

2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database. Dial 2-1-1 or visit

American Red Cross

During a disaster the American Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes. To learn more call (858) 309-1200 or visit the American Red Cross of San Diego / Imperial Counties.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers an online course for childcare providers: Multihazard Planning for Childcare. Also visit for disaster preparedness recommendations and to learn how to maintain your disaster supplies kit.

Child Care Aware®

Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides access to resources for child care programs.  Learn more at


The National Flood Insurance Program website includes valuable information about flood risk. To learn more visit or call (888) 379-9531.

Flu includes current information about flu activity, planning and preparedness.

Sample Damage Assessment from the State of Texas

The Department of Family and Protective Services for the State of Texas has a great damage assessment template that can help you begin the recovery process following a disaster. 
   » Child Care Initial Rapid Damage Assessment

Save the Children

Save the Children’s Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training is designed to help you develop and implement practical emergency plans that cater to the specific needs of your program. 
   » Save the Children Emergency Preparedness Training

State of California Child Care Licensing

Visit the Community Care Licensing Division, Child Care Licensing Website to find resources on operating a child care facility in California and the regulations involved, including the need to have a disaster plan.

View Mr. King in the Tsunamis: Know What to Do video.