S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods trains individuals in each elementary school neighborhood to open, staff, and operate their own neighborhood evacuation hub at the school until outside help arrives after a catastrophic disaster.
There are three elements needed to have a resilient community:
Basic Steps for Neighborhoods
The three basic steps are: Communicate, Re-unite Households and Find Shelter.
After an earthquake of the magnitude that is expected, all common communications networks will be compromised or overloaded to the point that normal communications methods will be unavailable.
In the aftermath of a major earthquake in the Salt Lake Valley, household re-unification will be a major issue. Peoples’ day-to-day activities result in household members being dispersed all across the valley. Depending on the time of day and even the time of year, reuniting of households will be a significant issue.
One of the primary goals of the SAFE Neighborhoods Program is to address the issue of temporary sheltering of displaced residents and provide for basic human needs on a neighborhood level.
The Business Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Amateur Radio (HAM Radio) is more than an exciting hobby that brings people around the world together. Is a lifeline during emergency events. You can join a Club like the Crossroads Amateur Radio Club for Salt Lake City and become part of the emergency net the city will use when earthquake happens.
Be Ready Utah is the state’s page coordinated and prepares by the State’s Emergency Management. It offers you information about state resources for families, communities and businesses.