A key component for a resilient community is to be informed as well as the individual and family preparedness; it not only supports the community but in reality, we all depend on it. The preparedness steps individuals take are applicable for any emergency situation.
In addition to earthquake preparedness, individuals and families should be informed about:
- Other natural hazards that can affect you where you live (wild fires, floods, winter storms, etc.)
- Potential technological hazards in your area (refineries, chemical plants, rail ways. etc.)
- How can the geography/geology be a factor in your preparedness planning?
- How can the climate in your area impact your preparedness planning?
- What programs, like the SAFE Neighborhoods Program, are offered in your area to support your preparedness efforts (CERT, CPR, AED, First Aid, Amateur Radio, etc.)
There are also many books available from reputable organizations and individuals on the subjects of preparedness and survival techniques. Do your own homework and make an informed decision on what information and skills are most appropriate for you.
The 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.