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.
Facts: 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
Make a Plan
The SAFE Neighborhoods Program is designed to compliment residents’ household emergency plans by establishing a well known meeting place after an emergency that affects the neighborhood as a whole. However, it does not replace the need for developing a household emergency plan. In fact, the success of the SAFE Neighborhoods program is, in large part, dependent on how well residents develop these plans.
Build a Kit
Most people have at least heard that they should have a 72-hour kit. Now you need to build one – and think 96 hours instead of 72. Based on an assessment of the most current data estimating the extent of damage to transportation corridors and critical infrastructure in the Salt Lake Valley, it is estimated that after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which is the expected magnitude of the next earthquake in the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch Fault, it will be at least 96 hours before resources from outside the area begin to arrive.
The SAFE Neighborhoods Program supports and depends on individual and family preparedness. Though the SAFE Neighborhoods Program was primarily developed to address the issues that will result from the effects of a large-scale earthquake, the preparedness steps individuals take to prepare for an earthquake are applicable for any emergency situation.