Councilmember Chris Cate and a dozen prominent business leaders unveiled an evacuation plan for the Sorrento Valley business community Wednesday at Qualcomm Headquarters.
"Public safety is our City's top priority. Sorrento Valley is known to be a center for high-tech, biotech and scientific research," Councilmember Cate said.
The plan is a first-of-its-kind for the San Diego region, and will help businesses prepare in the event that a local incident forces a regional evacuation.
“In the event of a disaster, we want to ensure we have a process to make sure our employees get out in a safe manner and expeditiously," Michelle Sterling, EVP of Human Resources for Qualcomm Incorporated said. "We appreciate the collaboration from both the city governments and the companies in the area participating in the development in the participation of this plan.”
"The Sorrento Valley Consortium Evacuation Guide is another tool to empower San Diegans in preparing for emergencies," John Valencia, the Executive Director for the City's Office of Homeland Security said. "The guide serves as a model for future community preparedness efforts, and we look forward to continued collaboration with residents and businesses throughout San Diego."
The Sorrento Valley Consortium includes Covance, FBI, General Atomics, Leidos, Mission Federal Credit Union, Qualcomm Incorporated, Quidel, Scripps Health, UCSD Hospital, and the VA Hospital.
"The Sorrento Valley Consortium's plan will serve as a model for all future regional planning for San Diego," Councilmember Cate added.
The City of San Diego's Office of Homeland Security and public safety personnel also took part in the press conference.