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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chains required in various canyons. For full road/weather forecast, see:

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter storm coming to Utah on Wednesday. 1-3 fee possible in mtns.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas. Hope you got a little more prepared for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rt @ReadyWisconsin Flashlights, batteries, hand-crank radios = great holiday gifts. Here's what belongs in emergency kit:
RT @SlcoEmerMngt Outdoor Christmas lights are for outdoors only. Some get too hot for indoor use, can be extreme fire hazard 12safedays

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Press release from Utah Division of Homeland Security on our agency's response efforts to wacoflood:
For txt message updates about wacoflood text FOLLOW washeriff to 40404.
Also could text FOLLOW sgcitypubsafety to 40404
RT @sgcitypubsafety St George Pub Safety:
Mayor McArthur declares state of emergency. wacoflood
If you want info on St. George wacoflood friend Eoc Washington on Facebook.
From Wash. Co. Sheriff: for sand bags, Home Depot in Washington has aprox 4000 bags and a couple tons of sand.
Pictures of Santa Clara River, running high:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Storms coming to Utah this weekend & early next week. Are you prepared?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tip for winter driving: Keep your gas tank at half or higher. If there's a power outage, gas stations might not work so well. Utah

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fast-moving storm headed to Utah. Count on snow in mountains:

Monday, December 13, 2010

A flashlight and extra batteries near me in case of a power outage. How would you get by without power for a week? readyforpoweroutages

Thursday, December 09, 2010

RT @safekidsusa: Deter the "silent killer." Make sure you have a working Carbon Monoxide detector in your home.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Thinking about power outages after a trip to the recording studio yesterday: Can you live for days, a week or longer without electricity?
Embrace life: Wear your seat belt.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Just got an emergency kit. Do you have one? Check out our facebook photos to see what's inside.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Private sector tip of the week from @fema Share disability preparedness materials with your org.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Mobile test. Sorry for the interruption.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


If you or someone close to you has a disability or a special need, you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family in an emergency.

Hearing Impaired - May need to make special arrangements to receive warnings.

Mobility Impaired - May need special assistance to get to a shelter.

Single working parent - May need help to plan for disasters and emergencies.

Non-English speaking persons - May need assistance planning for and responding to emergencies. Community and cultural groups may be able to help keep people informed.

People without vehicles - May need to make arrangements for transportation.

People with special dietary needs - Should take special precautions to have an adequate emergency food supply.

If you have special needs:

  • Find out about special assistance that may be available in your community. Register with the office of emergency services or the local fire department for assistance so needed help can be provided.
  • Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and coworkers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment.
  • Discuss your needs with your employer.
  • If you are mobility impaired and live or work in a high-rise building, have an escape chair.
  • Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals, and any other items you might need.
  • Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration.
  • Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.

Above information found in FEMA'S Are You Ready? guidebook.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Utility Shut-off and Safety Continued.


Water quickly becomes a precious resource following many disasters. It is vital that all household members learn how to shut off the water at the main house valve.
  • Cracked lines may pollute the water supply to your house. It is wise to shut off your water until you hear from authorities that it is safe for drinking.
  • The effects of gravity may drain the water in your hot water heater and toilet tanks unless you trap it in your house by shutting off the main house valve (not the street valve in the cement box at the curb -- this valve is extremely difficult to turn and requires a special tool.)
Preparing to Shut Off Water,

  • Locate the shut-off valve for the water line that enters your house.
  • Make sure this valve can be completely shut off. Your valve may be rusted open, or it may only partially close. Replace it if necessary.
  • Label this valve with a tag for easy identification, and make sure all household members know where it is located.

Electrical sparks have the potential of igniting natural gas if it is leaking. It is wise to teach all responsible household members where and how to shut off the electricity.

Preparing to Shut Off Electricity,

  • Locate your electricity circuit box.
  • Teach all responsible household members how to shut off the electricity to the entire house.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: Always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit breaker.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Utility Shut-off and Safety

In the event of a disaster, you may be instructed to shut off the utility service at your home. Below is some general guidance for shutting off utility service:


Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following disasters. It is vital that all household members know how to shut off natural gas.

Because there are different gas shut-off procedures for different gas meter configurations, it is important to contact your local gas company for guidance on preparation and response regarding gas appliances and gas service to your home.

When you learn the proper shut-off procedure for your meter, share the information with everyone in your household. Be sure not to actually turn off the gas when practicing the proper gas shut-off procedure.

If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out quickly. Turn off the gas, using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor's home.

CAUTION: If you turn off the gas for any reason, a qualified professional must turn it back on. NEVER attempt to turn the gas back on yourself.

The above information is found in FEMA'S Are You Ready? guidebook.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Family Communications

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.

Complete a contact card for each family member. Have family members keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse, backpack, etc. You may want to send one to school with each child to keep on file. Pick a friend or relative who lives out-of-state for household members to notify they are safe.

On your contact card include the following information:

Contact Name:

Out-of-State Contact Name:

Neighborhood Meeting Place:
Meeting Place Telephone:

Above information found in FEMA'S Are You Ready? guide book.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Importance of Escape Routes

Draw a floor plan of your home with your family. Use a blank sheet of paper for each floor level in your home. Mark two escape routes from each room and make sure that your children understand the drawing.

You may want to post a copy of the drawing at eye level in each child's room as well as on the fridge and possibly in the mud room.

The above information is found in FEMA's Are You Ready? guide book.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Emergency Planning and Checklists

We recently went over what can happen and how to prepare your own community to better respond to emergencies, as well as preparing your family by creating a family multi-disaster plan. You can begin this process by gathering your family together to discuss the different hazards, warning systems, evacuation plans and other community plans in your area. Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should address the following.

  • Escape routes.
  • Family communications.
  • Utility shut-off and safety.
  • Insurance and vital records.
  • Special needs.
  • Caring for animals.
  • Safety skills.

Friday, August 20, 2010


The Emergency Alert System (EAS) can address the entire nation on very short notice in case of a grave threat or national emergency. Ask if your local radio and TV stations participate in the EAS.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office to specially configured NOAA weather radio receivers. Determine if NOAA Weather Radio is available where you live. If so, consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio receiver.

Ask local authorities about methods used to warn your community.

The above information is found in the FEMA Are You Ready? Guide book.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Getting Informed

-To order your own personal (free) copy of the Are You Ready? Guide book to follow along with B. Ready call FEMA at 1 (800) 480-2520


Learn about the hazards that may strike your community, the risks you face from these hazards, and your community's plans for warning and evacuation. You can obtain this information from your local emergency management office or your local chapter of the American Red Cross.

For the following hazards listed, record the risk level for your area and how you can reduce your risk.

Natural Hazards:
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Thunderstorms and Lightning
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Landslides and Debris Flow
  • Tsunamis
  • Fires
  • Wildfires
Technological Hazards:
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Explosions
  • Biological Threats
  • Chemical Threats
  • Nuclear Blasts
  • Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)


The Emergency Alert System (EAS) Can address the Nation on a National emergency on a very short notice . Find out if your local radio and TV stations participate in the EAS.

Also National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio (NWR) broadcast a continuous stream of weather information. Find out if NOAA Weather Radio is available in your area and consider buying a NOAA weather Radio receiver.


Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Hundreds of times each year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Fires and floods cause evacuations even more frequently. Almost every year, people along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts evacuate in the face of approaching hurricanes.
When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens or telephone calls, also are used. Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you and your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school, or workplace to avoid these situations.

The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a hurricane that can be monitored, you might have a day or two to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.


Be sure to talk to your local officials and ask them the following questions pertaining to your community's disaster / emergency plans.

Does my community have a plan?
Can I obtain a copy?
What does the plan contain?
How often is it updated?
What should I know about the plan?
What types of hazards does it cover?


It's important to also know your children's school emergency plans as well.
  • Ask how the school will communicate with families during a crisis.
  • Ask if the school stores adequate food, water, and other basic supplies.
  • Find out if the school is prepared to shelter-in-place if need be, and where they plan to go if they must get away.
In cases where schools institute procedures to shelter-in-place, you may not be permitted to drive to the school to pick up your children. Even if you go to the school, the doors will likely be locked to keep your children safe. Monitor local media outlets for announcements about changes in school openings and closings, and follow the directions of local emergency officials.

For more information on developing emergency preparedness plans for schools, please log on to the U.S. Department of Education at


Make sure that your workplace has a building evacuation pan that is regularly practiced.

  • Take a critical look at your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to determine if it is secure or if it could feasibly be upgraded to better filter potential contaminants, and be sure you know how to turn it off if you need to.
  • Think about what to do if your employees can't go home.
  • Make sure you have appropriate supplies on hand.

The above information is found in FEMA's Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness manual.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Why Prepare?

There are real benefits to being prepared.

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.

People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flooding proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm's way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.

The need to prepare is real.

Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.

If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area -- hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism.

You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


As the month of September approaches (National Preparedness Month) I've felt it a good idea to touch base on the Are You Ready? Guide that FEMA did a few years back. So for the rest of August and into September I will be posting bits and pieces out of the Are You Ready? guide.

Following is a list of different subjects that are discussed in this booklet.

Basic Preparedness Information
Natural Hazards
Technological Hazards
Recovering from Disaster
Water conservation Tips
Disaster Supplies Checklist
Family Communications Plan

Please feel free to comment on anything!

Monday, August 09, 2010

An interesting little survey from Red Cross: Web Users Increasingly Rely on Social Media to Seek Help in a Disaster

Monday, August 02, 2010



A committee required by the Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act (SARA), LEPC is made up of representatives from government, industry, elected officials, environmental groups and others. This committee reports to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). Businesses using or generating certain quantities of materials on the EPA's Extremely Hazardous Substance list must report to the LEPC and their local fire departments. Any business which uses, manufactures, stores or transports hazardous materials is required to have procedures for safe handling of these materials as well as emergency response procedures. The Hazardous Materials Section of the Utah State Fire Marshal's Office is an active participant in the LEPC's throughout the state. Fire departments and other response agencies are also required to have procedures for unexpected or uncontrolled hazardous material spills. Many solids, gasses, liquids used in the production of fuels, medicines, plastics, and other products and processes in our communities are classified as hazardous. Hazardous materials are used stored and transported daily throughout Utah. Under most circumstances, these materials are handled safely, However, when improperly handled, disposed of or released, these substances can become hazardous to people and the environment necessitating coordinated planning for emergencies. The Haz Mat Section of the State Fire Marshal's Office provides Haz Mat training, at no cost to the response community for just such an emergency. Many of the LEPC's statewide have evolved into an "all hazards" planning group. The Department of Public Safety's, Division of homeland Security has become a very important part of the planning efforts of the LEPC's. They have worked with and built upon the plans initially used for hazardous materials response and created useful all hazards plans.

24-Hour "Haz Mat Help Line" 801.256.2499

The above information is also found on our Guide to Personal and Family Preparedness handout.

Friday, July 30, 2010


CITIZEN CORPS - Uniting Communities Preparing The Nation

Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the recurring reminders of the powerful forces of natural phenomenon, we are reminded of our vulnerabilities, more appreciative of our freedoms, and more understanding that we have a personal responsibility for the safety of our families, our neighbors and our nation. We also know that we can take action now to help protect our families, help reduce the impact a disaster has on our lives, and help deal with the chaos when an incident does occur.

The Utah Citizen Corps Mission is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared for emergencies and disasters of all kinds. The State Citizen Corps Council serves as a resource link between the national Citizen Corps initiative and local and regional councils throughout Utah. The state council encourages councils to bring together local leaders, emergency management, citizen volunteers, faith-based communities, business and civic organizations, and the network of first responder organizations to help build prepared and resilient communities. Community members are encouraged to know the potential risks in their areas, have emergency kits available for all members of the family, have and practice a family response plan, be trained in CERT and CPR, and become involved in their local neighborhood watch program and community preparedness efforts. For more information go to

All above information also found in our Guide To Personal and Family Preparedness handout.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just a little reminder of what the BRU Campaign is all about...

Utah's Emergency Preparedness Campaign

Even though we don't know when or where disasters and emergencies may strike, we do know that we can do more to be prepared for the unexpected. In the last several years, many Utahns have witnessed terrible disasters throughout our state including devastating floods and wildfires.

It's important that we learn from these events and make an effort to have a basic emergency plan and a 72-hour emergency supply kit for our families, businesses, schools, and communities.

If there is one thing we could impress upon all Utahns to make their top priority in preparedness, it is that we are able to sustain ourselves for a minimum of three days should an emergency or disaster happen.

For more information on building your emergency supply kit and other family, community, school and business preparedness resources, spend some time right here with Be Ready Utah. Make an emergency plan, get a 72-hour kit, be informed about Utah's natural hazards and get involved in helping others prepare.

Let's 'Be Ready' Utah!

Spend a little time on our website.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

For those new to the campaign.

About Be Ready Utah

We live in a state that is vulnerable to man-made threats and natural disasters. Since 1983, Utah has received eight presidential disaster declarations. The unexpected happened in 2005 when our state had three declarations in one year.

The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security has adopted an all-hazard approach to mitigate and prepare for, respond to, and recover from any disaster that may occur in our state.

Be Ready Utah is the State of Utah's official emergency preparedness campaign managed by the Division of Homeland Security and under the direction of Lt. Governor Greg Bell. It's designed as a bottom-up approach for preparedness with the focus on every individual's personal responsibility in preparedness first.

The Be Ready Utah campaign was officially launched in April 2005 at the annual League of Cities and Towns conference in St. George, Utah following the devastating floods in January 2005.

Be Ready Utah provides valuable information for individuals and families, communities, public safety professionals, business and civic leaders, school administrators and volunteers. We believe that preparedness leads to prosperity. Every community has the opportunity to provide resources to prepare its citizens and Be Ready Utah can help prepare Utah.

We encourage you take on the challenge to be ‘Be Ready.’ Be ready with an emergency plan. Be ready with an emergency supply kit. Be informed about Utah’s natural hazards and get to know the local emergency manager in your community. Look for opportunities to get involved and volunteer your expertise and talents. The time and effort we invest in preparing now will help us navigate through and recover quickly from what may come our way at the most unexpected moment.

Please visit for more information on how to get started with simple, basic steps to preparedness.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Flood/Flash Flood Facts -
- Average of nearly 100 fatalities each year, nationwide.
- Number one cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms, nationwide.
- Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related.
- Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet
- A water depth of two feet will cause most vehicles to float.


- If flooding occurs, move to higher ground, away from areas subject to flooding such as dips in roads, low spots, canyons, and washes.
- Avoid areas already flooded and do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Never drive through flooded roadways, as the roadbed under the flood-waters may be washed out.

Flash Flood Safety in Slot Canyons
- Become familiar with the terrain and know your escape routes.
- Be aware that deadly flash flood waters can travel from many miles away with travel times of 10 hours or more.
- Always let someone know your itinerary.
- Don't enter slot canyons and rugged terrain during stormy or wet weather.
- Don't attempt to cross floodwaters by vehicle or on foot.
- Don't camp along streams and sashes if there is a threat of flooding.

Information also in our Guide to Personal and Family Preparedness handout.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Local and state governments share the responsibility for protecting their citizens from disasters, and helping them recover when a disaster strikes. In some cases, a disaster is beyond the capabilities of the state and local government to respond. In these cases the governor may request assistance from the federal government. Before the governor requests federal assistance a FEMA/State Preliminary Damage Assessment is typically completed to determine if federal assistance is needed. Factors considered during this assessment include:

- Amount and type of damage (number of homes destroyed or with major damage).
- Impact on the infrastructure of the affected areas.
- Imminent threats to public health and safety.
- Level of insurance coverage in place for homeowners and public facilities.
- Assistance available from other sources (federal, state, local, and voluntary organizations).

Based on the governor's request, the president may declare that a major disaster or emergency exists and activate federal programs to assist in the response and recovery effort.

The Three Categories of FEMA Assistance

Individual Assistance- aid to individuals and households. This program provides money and services to people in the declared area whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance. FEMA programs are designed to meet people's basic needs. People will find that the most common form of assistance is typically a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Individual Assistance will not make disaster victims whole. Potential assistance includes:
- Temporary housing and repair to ensure a safe place to live.
- Disaster-related medical expenses.
- Funeral expenses.
- Replacement of some essential personal property.
- Transportation costs.
- Storage expenses.
- Other forms of assistance can include crisis counseling, legal services and Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Public Assistance- aid to state and locally owned public facilities for eligible emergency services and the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a public facilities or infrastructure damaged by the disaster. Certain private non-profit entities may also be eligible.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance - funding for measures designed to reduce future losses to public and private property. These funds are provided to the state, which determines what projects to fund.

This information is also found in our Guide to Personal and Family Preparedness handout.

Monday, June 21, 2010



ZONE 1: Home Ignition Zone.
This is the area that includes your home and grounds immediately surrounding it, and is the most critical zone to maintain. Remove ember traps by screening all eave and other vents; cleaning out debris from under decks, and screen or enclose these areas. Move stacks of firewood away from the structure. Remove pine needles, leaves and other debris from rooftops and rain gutters. Trim weeds or other flammable vegetation, especially tree branches, back from touching or overhanging the structure.

ZONE 2: The Defensible Space Zone:
This circular area is a minimum of 30 feet from your house, and 100 feet or more on the downhill side if you live at the top of a slope. Remove dead and dying grass, shrubs and trees. Reduce the density of vegetation, by spacing plants apart, and remove "ladder" fuels that could carry fire from the ground into the treetops. Replace flammable vegetation with fire-resistant plants, green lawn, or other low-growing ground covers.

ZONE 3: Fuel Reduction Zone:
Remove undergrowth and thin out densely crowded smaller trees to reduce fire intensity. Experts recommend keeping a minimum of 10 feet of space between trees and shrubs. Trim low-hanging branches of mature trees up to six to ten feet off the ground.

Information also found in BRU Guide to Family Preparedness Handout.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


A leading cause of home loss is flying embers, which can travel a half mile or more from the active fire...

Survival in a Vehicle

Roll up windows and close air vents. Drive slowly with headlights on. Do not drive through heavy smoke. If you have to stop, park away from the heaviest trees and brush. Turn headlights on and ignition off. Get on the floor and cover up with a blanket or coat. Park in an area clear of all fuel; never park on dry grass.


Throughout Utah wildland/urban interface fires are becoming more of a problem as people choose to live in previously undeveloped areas on the edges of cities, areas with trees, shrubs, and grasses that often are very flammable.

Firewise landscaping is the practice of designing, installing, and maintaining a landscape to minimize fire hazard to structures, residents, and neighbors, while maintaining components of the native ecosystems that attracted people to live in such areas in the first place. For a full list of Firewise plants, their descriptions and pictures to help you identify them, visit the Firewise website at WWW.FIREWISE.ORG


Although wildfires are not an actual weather phenomenon, wildfires are directly related to lightning and other weather elements. The wildfire threat typically increases in early to mid June across southern Utah and by early July across the northern sections of the state and remains high through Labor Day.

Utah averages about 1,900 wildfires each year. About two thirds of all wildfires in the Eastern Great Basin are ignited by lightning.

During periods of extreme fire danger in forest and rangelands: Avoid putting yourself in areas where you might become trapped by a wildfire. Do not use matches of anything else that could ignite a fire. Make sure that hot parts of motorized vehicles such as mufflers are not allowed to come in contact with dry grasses or other potentially flammable material.

Information also found in the BRU Guide to Family Preparedness Handout.

Monday, June 14, 2010


1. Anti-diarrheal such as Pepto-Bismol (1/2 tab or 2 tsp for 15 lbs dogs, 1/4 tab or 1 tsp for 15 lbs in cats.
2. Antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin or triple antibiotic.
3. Antibiotic eye ointment.
4. Sterile saline eyewash.
5. Disinfectant surgical scrub and solution.
6. Cotton tipped swabs.
7. Guaze squares.
8. Guaze Roll.
9. Non-adherent sterile dressing.
10. Bandage scissors.
11. Latex gloves.
12. Sterile lubricant.
13. Vet wrap or similar.
14. Large padded bandages, or sanitary napkins.
15. Clean rags, towels, and sheets.
16. Syringes of several sizes.
17. Thermometer
18. Tweezers, and/or mosquito hemostats.
19. Mineral Oil.
20. Pet appropriate pain medication.

Information also found in the BRU Guide to Family Preparedness Handout.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Plan Ahead and Know How to Respond

Horses, companion and production livestock should not be turned loose or locked in a barn during an emergency. A large fenced area is the best way to protect your animals in a disaster involving extreme weather events.

Always have a week's supply of food on hand and covered. Maintain a contact list for alternate suppliers.

Have an emergency source of water at hand or near by in the event that services are temporarily disrupted. Membership in growers or producers organizations that can provide assistance in an emergency will reduce losses.

Have transportation to evacuate. Remember that borrowing from a neighbor may not be feasible. When possible, move stock out of flood or fire zones in advance; provide extra feed in severe weather events.

Have current health/vaccination records, proof of ownership and brand inspectors and extension agents.

Identify nearby and distant evacuation sites including boarding facilities, fairgrounds, arenas, etc.

Always keep a first aid kit in your truck or trailer.

Information also found in the BRU Guide to Family Preparedness Handout.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


1. Keep food in a dry, cool, dark location.
2. Open food boxes and other re-sealable containers carefully so that you can close them tightly after each use.
3. Empty open packages of sugar, dried fruits, and nuts into screw-top jars or airtight canisters for protection from pests.
4. Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before use.
5. Throw out canned goods that become swollen, dented, or corroded.
6. Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies, dated with ink or marker. Place new items at the back of the storage area.

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Choose foods that your family will eat. Avoid salty foods because they make you thirsty and water may be in short supply. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. Here is a list of suggested food items:
- Ready-to-eat canned meets, fruits and vegetables
- Protein and fruit bars.
- Dry cereal and granola
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Juices
- Dried Fruit
- Nuts
- Crackers
- Non-perishable pasteurized milk
- Vitamins
- Food for infants or others, requiring special diets
- Comfort/stress foods

Rotate these foods into your daily menus and replace with new stock. Follow the "Best used by..." dates on cans and packaging when rotating your foods and remember to replace items that you use.


If activity is reduced, healthy people can survive on half their usual food intake for an extended period and without any food for many days. Food, unlike water, may be rationed safely, except for children and pregnant women.

Information found in the BRU Guide to Family Preparedness Handout.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Water in an Emergency Continued.

Water should be stored for times when the water supply is disrupted or contaminated. One gallon per person, per day, for a minimum of two weeks is recommended. Water does not need to be disinfected before it's stored if it comes from a good, pretreated source. Commercially filled bottles should be used before the "best if used by" date expires. If you fill your own containers, use the following guidelines:
- Use only food-grade containers.
- Avoid plastic containers that are not embossed with the "PETE" symbol.
- Do not sue plastic milk jugs. They do not have a good seal and can become brittle.
- Never use containers that were previously used to store non-food products.
- Wash containers with warm soapy water and rinse. Before rinsing, sanitize the container by adding water and then 1 tablespoon bleach for each gallon of water. Shake well, turn bottle upside down and let stand for 1 minute, then pour out the bleach water and let the container air-dry. Fill with tap water.
- Rotate your water by periodically emptying and refilling containers.
- Store containers in a dry, clean place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
- If there is a concrete floor, place containers on top of a piece of wood/plywood that has been placed on the floor.

Information found in the BRU Guide to Family Preparedness hand-out.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Use only water that has been properly disinfected for drinking, cooking, making any prepared drink, or for brushing teeth.

If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water before using ONE of the following methods to disinfect the water:
- Boil at a rolling boil for 5 minutes.
- Add Eight drops of liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Let sit 30 minutes.
- Add 20 drops of 2% iodine per gallon of clear water or 40 drops per gallon of cloudy water. Let sit 30 minutes.
- Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.
- Always use clean or purified water to wash any parts of the body that have come in contact with surfaces contaminated by flood waters.

Information found in the BRU Guide to Personal and Family Preparedness hand-out.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What to do in a Power Outage

Check fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to their electric service provider.

Try not to open refrigerators and freezers -- they will keep food and perishables inside cold for a longer period of time if not opened. Your full freezer should keep food frozen and safe to eat for about two days when kept closed during the outage.

In cold months - put blankets and towels around windows and doors to help keep the heat in.

Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't ever use charcoal in your house or garage.

Stay far away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could still be electrified and extremely dangerous. Keep everyone, including pets, out of the area and report the downed line immediately by calling 911 or the local electric service provider. Never touch a person or object that is touching a power line and never drive over downed power lines.

Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business. Don't plug a generator into an outlet, and do not connect it directly to your home's fuse box or circuit panel. The generator must be connected through an approved transfer switch that will isolate your house from the electric utility's system. The switch must comply with the National Electric Code and local building codes. These include permits, inspection and installation by a licensed electrician. Always properly ventilate a portable generator. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly. Make sure that the total electric load on your generator won't exceed the generator's rating.

If a power line falls across your vehicle while you are in it, stay inside and wait for emergency personnel to cut the power. Warn others to stay away from the vehicle. If your car is on fire and you must exit, Jump - with both feet together - as far from the car as possible. Do not touch the car and the ground at the same time! Land with both feet still together and hop with both feet touching until you are a safe distance away (at least 30 feet).

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Natural Gas in an Emergency: How Can You Prepare Your Home for a Disaster?

Secure your water heater. One of the most common types of earthquake damage is broken gas and water lines resulting from unsecured water heaters. A full water heater is very heavy and, if unsecured, can move during an earthquake. If it moves too far or falls over, it is likely to break both water and gas lines. It is recommended that water heaters be secured to the floor or wall to prevent such damage and to preserve the water it contains. Having a supply of clean drinking water is very important during an emergency, and your water heater can be a good sources.

To secure your water heater, you can call a contractor or do it yourself. Know how and when to turn off your Natural Gas meter. If may not be necessary to turn off your natural gas meter following an earthquake. In fact, since natural gas meters should be turned back on only by qualified persons, customers turning them off unnecessarily may end up having to wait extended periods of time for gas to be restored.

When Should You Turn Off Your Gas Meter?

- There is structural damage to your home.
- You smell Natural Gas.
- You hear gas leaking.
- There is a fire.
*** Do not shut off the gas if doing so jeopardizes your safety.

The meter shut-off valve is located next to the meter. Use a wrench to turn the valve a quarter turn in either direction to the "off" position shown in the illusion. If you turn the meter off, do not attempt to turn it back on yourself.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Family Pets need 72-Hour Kits.

1. Food, water, bowls, litter box, medicine, first aid supplies and health records for each pet.
2. Leashes, licenses, and pet carriers for each pet.
3. Identify some pet-friendly places to stay with in a 50- mile radius. Keep your pet with you if at all possible during a disaster.

Pet First Aid Kit

1. Anti-Diarrheal such as Pepto-Bismol (1/2 tab or 2 tsp for 15 lbs in dogs, 1/4 tab or 1 tsp for 15 lbs cat.)
2. Antibiotic ointment such as neosporin or triple antibiotic.
3. Antibiotic eye ointment.
4. Sterile saline eyewash.
5. Disinfectant surgical scrub and solutions.
6. Cotton tipped swabs.
7. Gauze squares.
8. Gauze Roll (Kling type).
9. Non-adherent sterile dressing.
10. Bandage scissors.
11. Latex Gloves.
12. Sterile lubricant.
13. Vet wrap.
14. Large padded bandages or sanitary napkins.
15.Clean rags, towels, and sheets.
16. Syringes of several sizes.
17. Thermometer.
18. Tweezers, and/or mosquito hemostats.
19. Mineral Oil.
20. Pet appropriate pain medications.

Large Animal Care.

Horses, companion and production livestock should not be turned loose or locked in a barn during an emergency. A large fenced area is the best way to protect your animals in a disaster involving extreme weather events.

- Always have a week's supply of food on hand and covered. Maintain a contact list for alternate suppliers.
- Have an emergency source of water at hand or near by in the event that services are temporarily disrupted. Membership in growers or producers organization that can provide assistance in an emergency will reduce losses.
- Have transportation to evacuate. Remember that borrowing from a neighbor may not be feasible. When possible, move stock out of flood or fire zones in advance; provide extra feed in severe weather events.
- Have current health/vaccination records, proof of ownership and brand or microchip identification. Know your brand inspectors and extension agents.
- Always keep a first aid kit in your truck or trailer.

The above information is also found in our Guide to Personal and Family Preparedness.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Guidelines for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

If you have physical limitations you can still protect yourself. Seniors and those with disabilities should take the following steps:

- Decide what you will be able to do for yourself and what assistance you may need before, during, and after a disaster.

- Create a support network of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who could assist you with evacuation plans and medical information. Ask them to check on you following a disaster.

- Make an information list that includes those who should be notified if you are injured.

- Compile medical information with names and numbers of doctors, medication and dosage, allergies, and any existing conditions.

The above information is found in our Guide to Personal and Family Preparedness handout.

- Plan ahead with your home health care agency for emergency procedures.

Utah Special Needs Registry

This service allows individuals with special needs to provide information about their situations to emergency response agencies.The information is used to help agencies improve their capability to respond to a disaster and to serve special needs populations. Only emergency response agencies have access to the information that is collected by the Utah Special Needs Registry. To learn more, visit:
Dial 2-1-1 on your phone or Relay users call 1-888-826-9790

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Family Emergency Plan Cont. from a couple weeks ago.

Utah is exposed to a variety of natural disasters such as floods, wild-land fires, severe weather, and earthquakes. The state also deals with hazardous materials. Before disaster strikes, make sure that your family, business, school, and community have emergency plans. Preparing the people of Utah for whatever disasters may arise is one of the main goals of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Be Ready Utah.

You are encouraged to take four major steps toward preparedness: Make a Plan, Get a Kit, Be Informed, and Get Involved. Because disasters can happen at any time; at home, at work, at school, or elsewhere, your family emergency plan needs to describe how and where your family will reunite should members be separated. It should also include what you will do if water, natural gas, electricity, or telephone services are not available.

For more information that will help you to prepare for any emergency or disaster, visit

Saturday, April 10, 2010


When preparing your home for
an earthquake, don’t forget to
include your pets on the list.
They will depend on you even
more after an earthquake to
take care of them and their

Before an Earthquake

Store enough food and water to last for 72
hours, preferably for one week. Prepare a
shelter or evacuation kit for your pet,
including an unbreakable dish, veterinarian
records, a restraint (leash or pet carrier) and
medication with instructions.

Keep you pet’s ID tag up-to-date.

Make sure nothing can fall on your pet.

Arrange for a neighbor to take care of
your pet if you are not able to get home after

During and After an Earthquake

Do not try to hold on to your pet during
the shaking. Animals will instinctively
protect themselves and hide where they’re
safe. If you get in their way, even the nicest
pets can turn on you.

Be patient with your pets after a quake.
They get stressed just like people and need
time to readjust. They may disappear for
some time, but they generally show up again
when things have calmed down.

If you have outdoor pets, you should keep
them indoors until the aftershocks have
subsided and they have calmed down.

If you must evacuate your home, leave
your pet secured in a safe place. Pets will
not be allowed at shelters. Be sure to leave
plenty of clean water and food. If possible,
visit pet daily until you can return home.

This information is from the Utah Seismic Safety Commission and is found on our website HERE.

Friday, April 09, 2010


After an earthquake or other
disaster, emergency response
agencies could be overburdened
and might not be able to get to
your neighborhood immediately.
You and your neighbors or
coworkers may need to take the
initial emergency response
actions and take care of others for
at least 72 hours. Past
earthquakes have thrust many
untrained people into positions of
providing first aid and rescuing
people. You need to be prepared!
If a response team has not been
organized in your neighborhood
or workplace, form one now.
Joining and forming a community
response team can greatly
improve your chances of surviving
an earthquake and can
improve the self-sufficiency of


Learn simple firefighting techniques.

Learn basic search-and-rescue skills.

Learn to assess yourself, your family and
coworkers for injuries.

Learn to assess your home and workplace
for hazards or damage.

Learn to assess your community for
hazards, needs and available resources.

Contact your local police and fire
departments, city/county Office of
Emergency Services, American Red Cross
chapter or community college to arrange for
speakers and training workshops. Response
teams should arrange to participate in
annual earthquake exercises sponsored by
local government and businesses.

Inventory Your Neighbors’ Skills

As a part of the community response team
planning process, teams should conduct an
inventory of the skills and resources
available at home, work and community.
You should have this information on hand.

Before an earthquake for efficient,
effective responses. Identify people who:

Have medical, electrical, child-care,
leadership, firefighting, and survival skills.

Own chain saws, citizen band radios, four
wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles and water

Are willing and able to be a
runner/bicycler to deliver messages if
telephone lines are down.

Every home or office has people with
special needs. Your neighborhood
response team should work with these
individuals in advance to determine what
extra assistance or supplies they may
require after an earthquake or other
Some of the people who may
require special assistance included:

Physically Challenged

Deaf or hearing impaired


Limited mobility—wheelchair-bound

Persons who require special oxygen

Persons with significant medical


Children who spend time alone

Non-English speaking

Store Supplies

In addition to the water, food and other
supplies that everyone needs to stock,
members of the community response
team should store tools. Items such as the
following should be stored in a central
and easily accessible location.

Gloves and goggles

Adjustable wenches

Hard hats and vest

Flashlights with extra batteries

Axes and crowbars


This information is from the Utah Seismic Safety Commission and is found on our website HERE.

Thursday, April 08, 2010


You must secure the contents of
your home or office to reduce
hazards. You should secure
anything heavy enough to hurt
you if it falls on you. Here are
steps you should take to secure
your possessions.

Secure Tabletop Objects

TVs, stereos, computers, lamps and
chinaware can be secured with buckles and
safety straps attached to the tabletop (which
allows for easy movement of the units when
needed) or with hook and loop fasteners
glued to both the table and the unit.

Glass and pottery objects can be secured
with nondrying putty or microcrystalline

Secure Items in Your Kitchen

Use child-proof latches, hook and eye
latches or positive catch latches, designed
for boats, to secure your cabinet doors.

Make sure your gas appliances have
flexible connectors to reduce the risk of fire.

Secure your refrigerator to prevent

Anchor Your Furniture

Secure the tops of all top-heavy furniture
such as bookcases and file cabinets to the
wall. Be sure to anchor to the stud, not just
to the plasterboard. Flexible fasteners such
as nylon straps allow tall objects to sway
without falling over, reducing the strain on
the studs.

Protect Yourself from Broken Glass

Replace your windows with ones made
from safety glass or cover them with a
strong shatter-resistant film. Be sure you use
safety film and not just a solar filter.

Secure Overhead Objects

Ceiling lights and fans should be
additionally supported with a cable bolted to
the ceiling joist. The cable should have
enough slack to allow it to sway.

Framed pictures, especially glass-covered,
should be hung from closed hooks so that
they can't bounce off. Only soft art such as
tapestries should be placed over beds and

This information is from the Utah Seismic Safety Commission and is found on our website HERE.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


When preparing for an earthquake,
plan on having enough supplies to get
you and your family through at least
the first 72 hours. After a major
earthquake, there's a good chance that
traditional emergency response teams
will be too busy to take care of you and
your family. You need to prepare your
home and neighborhood

The Plan

Stock up on at least a three-day supply of
food, water, clothes, medical supplies and other
necessary equipment for everyone in your
family. Make sure everyone knows where to
find them.

Decide where and when to reunite your family
should you be apart when an earthquake

Choose a person outside the immediate area to
contact if family members are separated. Long
distance phone service will probably be restored
sooner than local service. Do not use the phone
immediately after the earthquake.

Know the policies of the school or daycare
center your children attend. Make plans to have
someone pick them up if you are unable to get

If you have a family member that does not
speak English, prepare an emergency card
written in English indicating that persons
identification, address and any special needs
such as medication or allergies. Tell that person
to keep the card with him/her at all times.

Conduct Earthquake: Duck, Cover & Hold
drills every six months with your family.
Know the safest place in each room because it
will be difficult to move from one room to
another during an earthquake.

Locate the shutoff valves for water, gas and
electricity. Learn how to shut off the valves
before a quake. If you have any questions, call
your utility company.

Make copies of vital records and keep them in
a safe deposit box in another city or state. Make
sure originals are stored safely.

Before a quake occurs, call your local Red
Cross chapter and Office of Emergency Services
to find out about their plans for emergency
shelters and temporary medical centers in case
of such a disaster.

Establish all the possible ways to exit your
house. Keep those areas clear.
Know the locations of the nearest fire and
police stations.

Take photos and/or videos of your valuables.
Make copies and keep them in another city or

Include your babysitter and other household
help in your plans.

Keep an extra pair of eyeglasses and house
and car keys on hand.

Keep extra cash and change. If electricity is
out, you will not be able to use an ATM.

General Tips

Stay away from heavy furniture, appliances,
large glass panes, shelves holding objects, and
other large decorative masonry, brick or plaster
such as fireplaces.

Keep your hallway clear. It is usually one of
the safest places to be during an earthquake.
Stay away from kitchens and garages, which
tend to be the most dangerous places because of
the many items kept there.

This information is from the Utah Seismic Safety Commission and is located on our website HERE.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Before an Earthquake

Eliminate hazards. Make it as easy as
possible to quickly get under a sturdy table
or desk for protection.

Anchor special equipment such as
telephones and life support systems. Fasten
tanks of gas, such as oxygen, to the wall.

Keep a list of medications, allergies,
special equipment, names and numbers of
doctors, pharmacists and family members.
Make sure you have this list with you at all

Keep an extra pair of eyeglasses and
medication with emergency supplies.

Keep walking aids near you at all times.
Have extra walking aids in different rooms
of the house.

Put a security light in each room. These
lights plug into any outlet and light up
automatically if there is a loss of electricity.
They continue operating automatically for
four to six hours, and they can be turned off
by hand in an emergency.

Make sure you have a whistle to signal for

Keep extra batteries for hearing aids with
your emergency supplies. Remember to
replace them annually.

Keep extra emergency supplies at your

Find two people you trust who will check
on you after an earthquake. Tell them your
special needs. Show them how to operate
any equipment you use. Show them where
your emergency supplies are kept. Give
them a spare key.
During and After an Earthquake

If you are in bed or sitting down, do not

If you are standing, duck and cover or sit
down. You could be thrown to the floor if
you are standing.

Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least
three days.

Turn on your portable radio for
instructions and news reports. For your own
safety, cooperate fully with public safety
officials and instructions.

Prepare for aftershocks.

If you evacuate, leave a message at your
home telling family members and others
where you can be found.

This information is from the Utah Seismic Safety Commission and is found on our website HERE.

Monday, April 05, 2010


Children need to be prepared for an
earthquake as much as adults, if not

Infants and Toddlers

For infants and toddlers, special emphasis
should be placed on making their
environment as safe as possible.

Cribs should be placed away from
windows and tall, unsecured bookcases and
shelves that could slide or topple.

A minimum of a 72-hour supply of extra
water, formula, bottles, food, juices,
clothing, disposable diapers, baby wipes and
prescribed medications should be stored
where it is most likely to be accessible after
an earthquake. Also keep an extra diaper bag
with these items in your car.

Store strollers, wagons, blankets and cribs
with appropriate wheels to evacuate infants,
if necessary.

Install bumper pads in cribs or bassinettes
to protect babies during the shaking.

Install latches on all cupboards (not just
those young children can reach) so that
nothing can fall on your baby during a

Preschool and School-age Children

By age three or so, children can understand
what an earthquake is and how to get ready
for one. Take the time to explain what causes
earthquakes in terms they'll understand.
Include your children in family discussions
and planning for earthquake safety. Conduct
drills and review safety procedures every six

Show children the safest places to be in
each room when an earthquake hits. Also
show them all possible exits from each

Use sturdy tables to teach children to
Duck, Cover & Hold.

Teach children what to do wherever they
are during an earthquake (at school, in a tall
building, outdoors).

Make sure the child's emergency cards at
school are up-to-date.

Although children should not turn off any
utility valves, it's important that they know
what gas smells like. Advise children to tell
an adult if they smell gas after an

This information is from the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, and found on our website HERE.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

EARTHQUAKE: Duck, Cover and Hold

No matter where you are, know how to protect yourself
and your family during an earthquake. Practice taking
cover as if there were an earthquake and team the
safest places in your home and work. Practice getting
out of your home and check to see if the planned exits
are clear and if they can become blocked in an
earthquake. Practice turning off your electricity and
water. Know how to turn off the gas, but do not practice
this step. In the event of an earthquake, once you turn
off your gas, only your utility company should turn it
back on for safety reasons.


When in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING, move against
an interior wall if you are not near a desk or table.
Protect your head and neck with your arms. Do not use
the elevators.

When OUTDOORS, move to a clear area away
from trees, signs, buildings, or downed electrical wires
and poles.

into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks,
glass, plaster and other debris.

When DRIVING, pull over to the side of the road
and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay
inside your vehicle until the shaking stops.

, move away from display shelves
containing objects that could fall. Do not rush for the

When in a STADIUM OR THEATER, stay in your
seat, get below the level of the back of the seat and
cover your head and neck with your arms.

This information is from the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, and is found on our website HERE.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Being prepared is important.

Take the time to prepare your family this week for an Earthquake.

April 4th - 10th is Earthquake Preparedness Week

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Governor Herbert Declares April 4th-10th Earthquake Preparedness Week

Next week is Earthquake Preparedness Week! Are you and your family prepared?

Each day we'll post information on how to prepare for "the big one". Want to get some information now? Check out Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country to get an idea of the dangers here in Utah and what you need to prepare for now!

The Be Ready Utah Team

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Flood Safety Week Continued.

Did you know that 90% of all natural disasters in the U.S. involve Flooding? Find out how to protect yourself and your family by going to the following sites!

This information is brought to you by FEMA, NOAA, BRU, DHS, and the American Red Cross.

Governor Herbert Declares Flood Safety Week Mar. 15-19

Plan, Prepare and Be Aware

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared Mar. 15 - 19, 2010, as Flood Safety Awareness Week in Utah in conjunction with National Flood Safety Awareness Week.

Floods can arrive without a moment’s notice or with a slow creep. Regardless of how a flood starts, they can have enough force to roll boulders the size of cars, destroy buildings and bridges, and take human lives.

The Flood Safety Awareness campaign’s purpose is to educate the citizens of Utah on hazards associated with floods and flash floods, as well as what can be done to save lives and protect property.

The National Weather Service has partnered with the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VIII, and the American Red Cross to provide information via a Flood Safety Awareness and Preparedness website.

Visit to learn more about how to prepare yourself for the risks and dangers associated with flooding in your community. The FloodSmart website ( includes a wealth of information on flood risks, the National Flood Insurance Program, and additional insurance considerations. Finally, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and American Red Cross offer additional information at and Remember to make a plan, get a kit, be informed and get involved!

This information is brought to you by FEMA, NOAA, BRU, DHS and American Red Cross.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


1. PLAN for the types of disasters that can happen in the area where you live. You may need to plan for a snowstorm instead of a hurricane.
2. CREATE your own personalized list. You may not need everything included in "ready made" kits and there may be additional items you need based on your personal situation. For example, if you have pets, you may need special items. Don't forget to have supplies in your car and at work.
3. BUDGET emergency preparedness items as a "normal" expense. Even $20.00 a month can go a long way to helping you be ready. Buy one preparedness item each time you go to the grocery store.
4. SAVE by shopping sales. Make use of coupons and shop at stores with used goods. Don't replace your ready kit items annually, just replace and cycle through those items that have a shelf life (e.g., batteries, food). You may want to test the radio and flashlight every September to make sure they are in good working order.
5. STORE water in safe containers. You don't have to buy more expensive bottled water, but make sure any containers you use for water storage are safe and disinfected.
6. REQUEST preparedness items as gifts. We all receive gifts we don't need or use. What if your friends and family members gave you gifts that could save your life? Don't forget to protect them by sending preparedness gifts their way, too.
7. THINK ahead. You are more likely to save money if you can take your time with focused and strategic shopping. It's when everyone is at the store right before a storm hits that prices are going to be higher. Use a list to avoid duplicating items when you are stressed or panicked.
8. REVIEW your insurance policy annually and make necessary changes. When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will help you get back on your feet. Renters need policies too, in order to cover personal property.
9. UPDATE contact records. Have an accurate phone list of emergency contact numbers. If you are prepared, you may be able to help friends and neighbors who need assistance. By sharing preparedness supplies, you can help each other.
10. TRADE one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80-$100. Just one night of sacrifice could fund a 72-hour ready kit.


(This list is brought to you by FEMA, Division of Homeland Security, Citizen Corps and Be Ready Utah.)

Monday, March 08, 2010

The Family Emergency Plan

Making it Work for Your Family,

Creating a Family Emergency Plan takes a little bit of research and a lot of knowledge about your family, friends and the area where you live.

In order to begin putting your plan together, contact your local emergency management office. Ask them what types of disasters are most likely to happen and how you can prepare for each. Learn about any community warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do if they sound.

Find out what disaster plans are in place at your work, your children's school and other places your family spends time.

Discuss preparedness with your family. Make sure you all understand what types of disasters can occur and what you will do in each case.

Determine two escape routes from each room in your home. Pick three places to meet: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. Decide a location in your neighborhood and lastly, a regional meeting place in case you can't return home. Ask an out-of-state friend to be your family out of town contact. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance.

Create a 72-hour Emergency Supply Kit for every member of your family. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 and other emergency numbers including fire, police, ambulance, etc. Post these numbers near phones in your home.

Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms and make sure everyone knows where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it. Learn basic first aid skills, including CPR. Lastly, make sure your family has adequate insurance.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense. Get ready now.

  • Consider how a disaster might affect your individual needs.
  • Plan to make it on your own, at least for a period of time. It's possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore.
  • Identify what kind of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if they are limited or not available.
  • Get an emergency supply kit.
  • If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside.
  • Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
  • Encourage electronic payments for federal benefit recipients. Keep in mind a disaster can disrupt mail service for days or even weeks. For those who depend on the mail for their Social Security benefits, a difficult situation can become worse if they are evacuated or lose their mail service – as 85,000 check recipients learned after Hurricane Katrina. Switching to electronic payments is one simple, significant way people can protect themselves financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks.
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:

    • Direct deposit to a checking or savings account is the best option for people with bank accounts. Federal benefit recipients can sign up by calling (800) 333-1795 or at
    • The Direct Express® prepaid debit card is designed as a safe and easy alternative to paper checks for people who don’t have a bank account. Sign up is easy – call toll-free at (877) 212-9991 or sign up online at

    Signing up for direct deposit or the Direct Express® card is a simple but important step that can help protect your family’s access to funds in case the unthinkable were to happen. If you or those close to you are still receiving Social Security or other federal benefits by check, please consider switching to one of these safer, easier options today.

Create a Support Network

  • If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster talk to family, friends and others who will be part of your personal support network.
  • Write down and share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your support network.
  • Make sure everyone knows how you plan to evacuate your home or workplace and where you will go in case of a disaster.
  • Make sure that someone in your local network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies.
  • Teach those who will help you how to use any lifesaving equipment, administer medicine in case of an emergency.
  • Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your network.

Additional Supplies and Documents:

Medications and Medical Supplies

If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have what you need to make it on your own for at least a week, maybe longer.

  • Make a list of prescription medicines including dosage, treatment and allergy information.
  • Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what else you need to prepare.
  • If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment or transportation, talk to your service provider about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up service providers and incorporate them into your personal support network.
  • Consider other personal needs such as eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries, and oxygen.

Emergency Documents

Include copies of important documents in your emergency supply kits such as family records, medical records, wills, deeds, social security number, charge and bank accounts information and tax records.

  • Have copies of your medical insurance and Medicare cards readily available.
  • Keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices or other life-sustaining devices. Include operating information and instructions.
  • Make sure that a friend or family member has copies of these documents.
  • Include the names and contact information of your support network, as well as your medical providers.
  • If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information notes the best way to communicate with you.
  • Keep these documents in a water proof container for quick and easy access.

This information is from FEMA.GOV.
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