With the peak of wildfire season almost here and the Wildfire Drive-thru Safety Fair being canceled at the Mountain Empire High School, the Potrero/Tecate Fire Safe Council sponsored a mini version on September 12, 2020 at the Potrero Community Center. Over 144 cars and 266 attendees came through during the 2 hour event. Other mini fairs are planned for Jacumba and Jamul in the near future.
Due to concerns about COVID-19, the event was held on a drive-through basis. Participants remained in their vehicles as they received an emergency kit and drove to various booths manned by personnel and community volunteers from SDG&E, Cal Fire, the Red Cross, County Animal Control, Powerlink, and other agencies who provided wildfire preparedness and safety tips.
The emergency kit backpacks were free and were provided by SDG&E. They contained supplies such as an emergency radio, a solar cell phone charger, a power inverter and other items needed in an emergency. One kit was given per car and was handed out on a first come, first served basis.
“This event turned out to be a big success for the short time we had to organize it,” said Bob Uribe, Fire Safe Council President. “I want to thank the agencies who participated, the community volunteers and the Potrero Community Center Foundation for hosting this event.”