Disasters often happen without much warning, and the outcome of those disasters is largely dependent on our preparedness. We can’t stop disasters from happening, but we can lessen their effects by following a few simple steps ahead of time. The first things to learn when getting ready are the four cornerstones of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.
Be Informed: Know what types of disasters are likely to occur where you live. We are all susceptible to the big earthquake and severe weather, but also think about wildfires, landslides, floods, hazardous materials, pandemics and other possible disasters. Learn if plans in your community exist and how you fit into these plans (county plan, city plan, school plan, work plan, community plan, faith-based plan, etc.). Understand your insurance coverage and invest in the appropriate type of insurance for your hazard. Sign up for CODE RED to receive emergency alerts.
Make a Plan: Make a plan now so you and your family know what to do, how to get in touch with each other, where you will meet and how to communicate in an emergency. Are there any special circumstances in your household that you need to account for? Medical conditions, children, access and functional needs, elderly family members and pets will need special consideration when included in your family plan.
Build a Kit: Prepare a grab-n-go kit with items most likely needed by your family circumstances. Include food, water, shelter, heat, light, hygiene, clothing and first aid items.
Get Involved: There are volunteer organizations that help out in disasters and you can learn a lot from them. Sign up for the next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training. Volunteer and receive training in your community. Learn skills like First Aid and CPR.
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You can find important resources including:
FEMA’s Emergency Supply Checklist
Family Emergency Preparedness Guide
Ogden Emergency Operations Plan
Year at a Glance – 72 Hour Kit
Year at a Glance – Food Storage
Your Handbook to Earthquakes in Utah