Winter weather is still HERE 

Before Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

Weather Information: Utah Weather Advisory


We are still dealing with winter weather. Let’s review your winter weather plans to make sure you are prepared!

Ice is one of the major winter weather problems across the states that experience snowstorms. The accumulation of ice on trees and power lines can cause these items to topple. Communications can become disrupted and roadways can become blocked. Bridges and overpasses generally freeze before other surfaces. In addition, ice can form on the roadway and not even be visible to the driver – this is known as black ice. It is important to have an emergency kit in case ice makes roadways hazardous and the transportation system becomes disrupted. More information can be found in Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers.

Wind Chill

Wind chill takes into account how wind and cold feel on exposed skin rather than solely the actual temperature. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also affected by wind chill.

Health Hazards

Frostbite and hypothermia are two health hazards associated with cold weather. According to NOAA’s Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers handout, frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by extreme cold. A wind chill of -20°F will cause frostbite in just 30 minutes. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately! If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm the affected areas. However, if the person is also showing signs of hypothermia, warm the body core before the extremities.

In NOAA’s Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers it is discussed how hypothermia is a condition that can kill and is brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95°F. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. Take the person’s temperature and if below 95°F, seek medical care immediately.

Safety Information

It is important to have a safety kit both at home and in the car that can be used not only in winter weather situations but also for other emergencies, www.bereadyslc.com  provides a list of items to include in your emergency kit. The following safety tips are provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross.

If caught outside in a winter storm:

  • Try to find a shelter.
  • If no shelter is available:
    • Try to stay dry.
    • Cover all exposed body parts.
    • Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.

If stuck in a vehicle during a winter storm:

  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat.
  • Open the window a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine to be visible to the rescuers.
  • Tie a colored cloth, preferably red, to your antenna or door.
  • After snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you need help.
  • From time to time, move arms, legs, fingers and toes vigorously to keep blood circulating and to keep warm.

If inside during a winter storm:

  • Stay inside!
  • When using alternate heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc. use fire safeguards and properly ventilate.
  • If there is no heat:
    • Close off unneeded rooms.
    • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
    • Cover windows at night.
    • Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.
    • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill. Source: https://www.weather.gov/ffc/wwpw_2017


Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.

Prepare your home:

  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure
  •  everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow – or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
    • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
      • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
      • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace

Prepare your vehicle:

  • Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
  • People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
  • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
  • Plan to bring pets inside.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
  • Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold ***  For more information visit:  Ready.gov



It’s that time of year when ghosts and goblins take to the streets for some Halloween fun. The celebration is growing more and more popular with everyone – kids to adults – and the American Red Cross has some safety tips people can follow to help stay safe this Halloween while enjoying the festivities.


As parents get their kids ready for Halloween, here are some tips they should follow:

  • Use only flame-resistant costumes.
  • Plan the trick-or-treat route – make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters can see, and be seen. Give them a flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to be seen.
  • Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.
  • Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating. Remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.


If you are planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:

  • Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
  • Restrain your pets.
  • Light the area well so the young visitors can see.

Use extra caution if driving. Youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.


Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Use the Emergency App for weather alerts and to let others know you are safe if severe weather occurs. The content in both apps is available in English and Spanish. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ or by going to redcross.org/apps.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

July Severe Weather

  • Since the dramatic storm – which dropped two inches of water in less than an hour – the City’s Public Utilities teams have been working day and night to assess damage and assist with recovery information in the City’s hardest-hit neighborhoods: predominantly Sugar House, the Ballpark, and in areas bordering the Jordan River.Mayor Biskupski and emergency experts strongly advise all residents and business owners affected business owners to call Public Utilities to report their damages. This will help the City compile statistics in building a case for federal disaster relief funds. That number is:801-483-6700, press option 1 Homeowners should also work with their insurance companies.
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What you should know about Severe Weather

  • Know what to do before, during, and after severe weather.
  • Create a communications plan with your family before severe weather hits.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Listen to local officials.
  • Check your insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage.
  • Evacuate if advised by local authorities.
  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  • Check your insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage.

What you should know about Flood Safety

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.

“3 Fast Flood Facts,” and features tips on how to stay safe during flooding. The text reads as follows:

Heavy rain can bring dangerous flash flooding.

6 inches of moving water can knock a person down.

2 feet of moving water can sweep a vehicle away.

Whether you’re walking or driving, stay clear of floodwater.

Share these facts with friends so they’re safe too.

  • Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
  • Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
  • Follow the National service Weather for SLC / Click here: NWS Salt Lake City
  • Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
  • If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not go through flood waters.
  • For more information visit FEMA Flood Preparedness


  • Update: Utah County, Utah Lake – The Utah Division of Drinking Water sampled 12 locations on the lake and expedited testing of six of the 12 samples collected on July 11, 2017, showed that all but one of the six sites sampled were above the threshold for a warning advisory. As of July 12, 2017, Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) has reported a total of 68 cases related to the bloom. Of those reported cases, 55  were human, with about 24 percent of the human cases symptomatic. Most common symptoms were gastrointestinal distress, dizziness, and skin irritation.    The Utah County Health Department has issued a warning advisory for the entirety of Utah Lake. Do not swim or water ski. Do not drink the water. Keep pets and livestock away. Clean fish well and discard guts. Avoid areas of scum when boating.
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Fire Safety while using fireworks

  • Don’t ever let kids play with fireworks. 
  • Give children your undivided attention. 
  • Teach your children how to call 911.
  • Teach your children what to do if their clothing catches on fire – stop, drop and roll.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. 
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Visit recalls.gov to make sure the fireworks you’re using aren’t subject to any safety recalls.
  • Don’t modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks.
  • Light fireworks only on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from spectators, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Don’t try to relight fireworks that malfunction, or duds.
  • Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket or hold them close to your face.

FIRE Safety while using a grill

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house.
  2. Clean your grill regularly.
  3. Check for gas leaks.
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. 
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill.And KNOW HOW TO USE IT.
  6. Don’t turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this.
  7. Don’t Leave a grill unattended.
  8. Don’t overload your grill with food.
  9. Don’t Use a grill indoors. 

Heat and High temperatures Safety tips

  • Don’t leave children, animals or elderly in cars, even for a minute.
  • Look before you lock.
  • Heatstroke is dangerous/deadly don’t leave anybody inside a parked car.
  • Summer is here keep yourself and loved ones hydrated and wearing sunblock.


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Summer safety

  • If you go out of town on vacation, tell neighbors to cut lawn & get mail to diminish being targeted.
  • Children at play, obey speed
  • Wear helmets when on motorcycles, bikes, or UTVs
  • Keep an eye on children ALL the TIME.

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Water safety

  • As of June 6, there have been 7 fatalities in Utah’s rivers.
  • Stream and river waters from snowmelt can be extremely fast and cold. Take care of children and elder adults when recreating near rivers. Hypothermia can set in quickly.
  • Designate a “water watcher” when you are recreating: An adult who pays attention to activity near water and is not distracted by a cell phone or other adults.
  • Flood waters that flow over land pick up a lot of nasty stuff along the way: Raw sewage, spilled fuel and other chemicals, as well as sharp objects. Stay out of flood waters if you don’t have proper protective gear.
  • Six inches of flowing water can knock an adult down.
  • It only takes a foot of flowing water to float away a car and 18 to 24 inches of water can float away an SUV.

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