What is a Natural Disaster?
A natural disaster can occur at any time and without warning. Natural disasters
can cause damage to life, property, and cut off basic services. In San Bernardino
County we face the threat of natural disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires, and
floods. There are also severe weather threats such as extreme heat or extreme cold
that can threaten the health of individuals or groups in our communities.
Natural Disasters That Pose a Health Threat:
Possible natural disasters that could pose a threat to health in San Bernardino
How can I prepare?
All San Bernardino County residents should prepare NOW for a natural disaster. There
are many health risks associated with natural disasters including health effects
from smoke, heat, cold, and unsafe food or water. You should be prepared to survive
on your own with enough stored food, water, and supplies in your Emergency Supply
Kit (Link to page in website). Personal preparedness for yourself and you family
will help you to remain healthy and safe during a natural disaster. You can get
ready in advance by learning more about the risks and health threats some natural
disasters can cause.
How can I protect myself?
During a natural disaster you might not have access to food, water, and electricity
for a while. A clean source of water should be your top priority. A power outage
that lasts for more than two hours can be hazardous to food. During a disaster it
is important to practice food safety, water safety, disease prevention, and know
where to find alternate sources of food and water. Here are some ways to find and
use safe food and water during an emergency.
How Will I be Notified in an Emergency?
In the event of an emergency, local officials, including the Department of Public
health, would provide information and instructions to the public as quickly as possible.
You will be notified either by radio, television, Internet, and any other means
necessary. San Bernardino County residents can tune their radios to the following
local stations that have been designated to provide critical information and emergency
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
San Bernardino County Emergency Information
Line (909) 355-8800 — Recorded Information Only
The EAS is a warning system to provide the public with immediate messages that affect
life and property. EAS is a way to provide emergency information quickly by radio,
television, and cable licensees to the public. During an emergency, tune to your
local EAS radio broadcast stations listed below or a station in your area.