List: San Diego’s emergency resources

From storm, wildfire, and earthquake preparedness to road closures and public safety, here are some resources San Diegans should have at the ready in case of an emergency.

Signs that read "SUBJECT TO FLOODING" and "ROAD CLOSED" lines a wet street in San Diego during a storm.

The city keeps a running list of road closures in San Diego during emergencies like flooding and wildfires.

It’s always a good time to brush up on emergency resources available to us — as locals — via the city, county, and other public agencies.

Stay safe, SD.

  • Alert San Diego | Sign up for this tool to stay informed during local emergencies, including storms; remember to register your cell phone for these notifications, too. Text HELP to 98266 to get safety information sent to your phone, too.
  • SD Emergency App | Download the county’s app for your iPhone or Android device; this tool features an early earthquake warning, interactive emergency maps of SD, and ways to help you create an emergency preparedness plan for your family.
  • Storm Preparedness | Find free sand bag locations, storm safety tips, and updates during big rain events; report flooding, clogged storm drains, or downed trees and branches at (619) 527-7500.
  • Flood Preparedness | Find tips for navigating a flood warning and preparing for a flood.
  • Road Closures | During emergencies, this is where the City of San Diego will post its ever-changing list of road closures; check back often.
  • San Diego Hazard Dashboard | This interactive tool displays current conditions like wind, temperature, and relative humidity. It tracks natural disasters like potential wildfires, flooding, beach and bay water quality, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
A crew of city workers cleans up a flooded street scattered with debris in the aftermath of the devastating storm in San Diego in January 2024.

The storm devastated some of San Diego’s neighrborhoods.

Photo via City of San Diego

  • 211 San Diego | The local nonprofit is available 24/7 as a trusted source for disaster-related resources (and more) across San Diego County.
  • Personal Disaster Plan | This printable template from the county’s Office of Emergency Services will help you create a handy checklist of emergency resources.
  • Office of Emergency Services | This department offers information on things like cybersecurity, emergency preparedness, and more.
  • Get It Done App | Use this tool to report potholes, storm water and drain problems, parking issues, concerns with trees and vegetation, and more.
  • SDG&E Power Outage Map | If the power goes out in your neighborhood, check this map for outage info and restoration times — or to report an outage; if you see a downed power line, call SDG&E at 1 (800) 411-7343.
  • Emergency Shelters | If there’s a disaster, the county will typically set up temporary, overnight sleeping accommodations across several sites.
  • San Diego County Office of Education | If there’s an emergency that impacts schools across San Diego County, this office will distribute information.
SD San Diego Skyline

211 San Diego offers resources to locals across the county, 24/7.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Meanwhile, if you need non-emergency resources as a local (or if you’re new to SD), check out our San Diegan 101 Guide.