Schools Aid Families in Emergencies
When a major disaster strikes Utah, volunteers who know how to open and operate Red Cross-supported temporary shelters in their neighborhood schools will have the ability to help their community survive and recover more effectively.
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. S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods:
•Teaches individuals to create a 96-hour kit, “grab your kit, walk to school” in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
•Assists and relies upon “neighbors helping neighbors” to assess critical and immediate emergency needs, keep residents informed, and reunify families.
The Schools Aid Families in Emergencies (S.A.F.E.) Neighborhood program is a partnership between Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City School District, the American Red Cross Utah Region and community partner schools.
After a 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake:
- 350,000 people will be displaced in the Salt Lake County area
- 80–85 percent of homes will sustain moderate to severe damage
- Many main roads and freeway will become impassable
- Basic services will be interrupted for weeks or months
- -No water – No electricity -No gas -No sewer – No Telephone