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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.