EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS is our individual, and family role and responsibility, in Emergency Management!We are not talking about becoming a die hard "prepper," who is waiting for the "Zombie Apocalypse"! In the world of emergency management, that does not even "show up on our radar"! (Sorry Zombie fans!)
We are talking about having the understanding, and wisdom, to establish a personal or family "insurance policy" in the form of having enough food and supplies to take care of your family for a period of time, and a plan for what to do in the event of a large scale disaster or emergency.
The fact is, that in a large scale disaster, such as an earthquake here in Utah (the "Big One"), we could be on our own, individually or collectively, for days or even a week or more, and possibly in the RECOVERY PHASE for months. We need to be as self reliant as we can.
Following these few steps listed below, can help you develop your
personal and family preparedness program: (click here for more info)
Develop family emergency plans for:
- Getting out of your house if there is fire, and accounting for everyone.
- Family communication and reunification, if the family is dispersed during the day.
Develop preparedness kits for:
- Emergency evacuation to shelter or other location, from home
- Kids while at school / college. Work with schools to find space for such kits
- Work locations
- The trunk of your car, especially if commute long distances
Establish a 3 month supply of basic essentials to get your family by in a disaster, or even during a stretch of unemployment.
- Buys few extra items of shelf stable or non-perishable food items each time you go to the store. Find a place under a bed or the
bottom of a closet if needed to store them.
- Buy bottled water, or fill clean, 2 liter pop bottles with water for storage.
- Pick up additional soaps and personal hygiene items.
- Have additional blankets or sleeping bags for colder weather.
- Consider back up cooking options (be mindful of fire or combustion safety concepts)
Get involved in, or help establish community emergency volunteer programs, such as:
- Citizen’s Corp Council (CCC)
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
- Amateur Radios Emergency System (ARES) – HAM Radio
- Medical Reserve Corp (MRS)
- Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
- Neighborhood watch
For detailed information on:
Family Preparedness Plans, Building Emergency Kits, Food Storage Natural Disasters TerrorismVISIT THESE WEBSITES:
Check out the You Tube series of videos called "20 to Ready" (click here).
(Done between KBYU and Salt lake County Emergency Services)
These are GREAT short videos which highlight segments of personal and family preparedness.
Be Ready Utah
Utah Division of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross
There is also extensive information on the INTERNET. Just search under “personal preparedness”.
Additional emergency preparedness information and reference material can be obtained by contacting the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management Director at 435-734-3813.