"In one 10-day period in July, we saw over 550 new wildland fires in the state of California," said Cal Fire San Diego battalion chief Tony Mecham. "Those are very historic levels of activity including several significant incidents here in San Diego."
The app uses publicly available data from state and federal sources conveniently placed in one place for ease of use.
Data sources include: Cal Fire's Fire Hazard Severity Zones from the Fire and Resource Assessment Program; FEMA's 100 Year Floodplan; State of California Geological Survey & U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Shaking Potential for California 2016 and 2014 Fault Sources; State of California Geological Survey's Tsunami Inundation Maps.
Emergency preparedness tips are also included, such as:
How to complete a family disaster plan
Downloadable wildfire preparedness guide
How to create defensible space
In addition to learning some tips on how to prepare for a disaster, residents who register their phone number with AlertSanDiego, a emergency mass notification system, will be treated to a free taco at Rubio's Coastal Grill redeemable through August 14.
The "Know Your Hazard" tool is available is both English and Spanish.