What is Emergency Preparedness?
You do not have to become a full blown "prepper", waiting for "Zombie Apocalypse". We have not developed any Emergency Plans for that type of scenario! It doesn't show up on our radar!
But we do want you to build an "insurance fund" of food and basic supplies to be able to maintain your family's needs. Become knowledgeable about emergency preparedness. Although none of like to think about being victims of large diasaster, but imagine the peace of mind you will have in knowing that you have you need to take care of your family.
Using the following steps, a little at a time you can be prepared for emergencies and disasters which are always possible.
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 food storage plan
- Stock up food, water and supplies for 3 months
- Make sure you have sufficient clothing for the various seasons of the year
- Consider alternate heating and cooking options (be mindful of the dangers of open fires and combustion process)
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)
For detailed information on:
Family Preparedness Plans,
Building Emergency Kits,
VISIT THESE WEBSITES:
Utah Division of Emergency Management
Be Ready Utah
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross
National Weather Service/Salt Lake
Brigham City Emergency Management, right here in our county has a great website with great information, as well.
The internet, in general, has extensive information. Just search “personal preparedness”.
Check out the series of YouTube videos, called "20 to READY", done between Salt Lake County Emergency Services and KBYU. These are great short videos which capture segments of personal and family 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.