Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, make sure you are registered and know how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Check out the related links to learn what to do before, during and after each type of emergency.
Preparedness begins with being informed. Part of being informed is knowing what kinds of natural disasters and severe weather will likely and/or can possibly impact your home, your workplace, and your community. Increase your knowledge and learn more about the types of natural events for which you should prepare in Salt Lake City. The knowledge you gain will prove invaluable for keeping you and your household safe. In Salt Lake City the disasters that can have the most impact are:
Flood & remember about Insurance through NFIP
Salt Lake City is a major technology and transportation hub for the United States. While this is economically advantageous to Salt Lake City, it also elevates the risk of experiencing emergencies due to accidents, human error, or secondary to a natural hazard. Be informed about the types of hazards that can potentially affect your household, your workplace, and your transportation routes. Some of these types of events include:
- Hazardous Materials
- Natural Gas
- Power Outage and Electrical Safety
- Transportation Hazards
Using these links as starting points, research each site to discover additional links to topics of interest to gain more knowledge about potential hazards and risks in the Salt Lake area to become better informed.
Public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters. This page describes different warning alerts you can receive and the types of devices that receive the alerts.
Wireless Emergency Alerts
During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), made available through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) infrastructure, are just one of the ways public safety officials can quickly and effectively alert and warn the public about serious emergencies.
Sign up to receive Emergency Alert Notifications – REGISTER HERE
What you need to know about WEAs:
- WEAs can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States
- WEAs can be issued for –, precautionary or imminent threat, AMBER, and presidential
- WEAs look like text messages, but are designed to get your attention and alert you with a unique sound and vibration, both repeated twice
- WEAs are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls, or data sessions that are in progress
- Mobile users are not charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe
- To ensure your device is WEA-capable, check with your service provider
Get “smart” about being informed
In today’s world, more people than ever have “smart” phones that are rarely, if ever, out of arms reach. With this knowledge, agencies and organizations have created applications or “apps” to put knowledge and emergency alert notifications literally at your fingertips. However, make sure the apps you download are from trusted sources that give you reliable information; especially regarding emergency alerts. Below are some examples of reliable apps useful to Salt Lake City residents.
- Salt Lake City Government – @slcgov
- Utah 211 @211utah
- UDOT Traffic @UDOTTraffic
- American Red Cross @RedCrossUt
Also consider following official agencies and organizations on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.