Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The 12 Tools You Need for Survival

Emergency Essentials LLC

"Preparing for emergency situations and natural disasters may seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t need to be. We’re here to make it as easy as possible.

That’s why we’ve created this list:

It’s a simple road-map to help you get all the gear you need to stay safe and healthy in a crisis.

Whether you live on a dozen acres of your own land or in a studio apartment in the city, this list will help you gather just the right food, shelter, and supplies that make sense for you and your family."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Disaster Response Drill In Draper

Disaster response drill in Draper fosters interagency cooperation

"...Prior to the drill, 30 students from the school's pre-med and drama clubs were selected and given a particular set of injuries, which nurses and doctors had to accurately identify based on reported symptoms before assigning the student to a treatment area.

Inside the makeshift care unit, nurses, doctors, lab personnel, pharmacists, radiologists and security officers busily arranged equipment and admitted patients. Posters lined the walls to designate areas for whatever treatment needs may arise, including emergency treatment, surgery, obstetrics and terminal care.

"It's hard to anticipate every scenario of what you would need to treat patients," said Carolyn Kunz, a registered nurse at Lone Peak Hospital..."

Read the entire article written by Morgan Jacobsen. posted at ksl.com, by clicking on the link below:

Monday, October 27, 2014

15 Essential Items To Keep In Your Car

"Opinions vary among car owners as to what must absolutely be kept in a car. The athletic and active young man always carries a football or Frisbee in the backseat and the photographer carries a tripod in the trunk.

The dog lover carries tennis balls and an assortment of chew toys and the frequent dater carries a pack of gum in the console in-between the driver and passenger seats.

Despite the different lifestyles of drivers they can all agree that there are certain items that should be carried at all times."

Click on the following link from KSL.com to see 15 essential items to keep in your car.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Great News for District 6!

The VIGILANT GUARD EXERCISE – a citywide emergency preparedness drill for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members, Red Cross shelter management volunteers, and amateur radio operators - will be held on the East Bench at INDIAN HILLS Elementary School on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd from 6:00-9:00pm.   If you are CERT trained, Red Cross shelter management trained, or a licensed ham radio operator in the area, please join to refresh your skills before winter arrives.

This is a run through for SLC’s S.A.F.E Neighborhoods program.

To learn more about the S.A.F.E Neighborhoods program and to sign up for shelter management training, please visit:

Information on CERT and trainings can be found here:

For more information, contact Alexis Kruel at alexis@kruel.cc  or John Flynt (SLC Emergency Management Coordinator) at John.Flynt@slcgov.com.

 (This drill is also taking place at McGills School on the same date but I don’t have the exact times for that. –Alexis)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Utterly Terrifying Risk Assessment of California's Next Big Earthquake

Scientists don't know when California's next great earthquake will strike, but they do know just about everything else about it, and the potential ramifications are terrifying: impotent rescue services, widespread fires, and no fresh water for months.

And yet California officials haven't done much to prepare for such an immense disaster, said Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Service, at The Atlantic's CityLab 2014 summit in Los Angeles. “There's so much that science knows about what's going to happen, and we're seeing that not being used," she said.

Jones is working with the L.A. government to create a seismic-resilience plan, and she had a dire warning for other California cities that don't brace for the worst from the San Andreas fault. Click on the link below to read the article posted at MSN.com from John Metcalfe at CityLab.com.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Know Your Neighbors, Get Involved In Community Preparedness

Whether you just moved into your neighborhood a week ago or you’ve lived there for 25 years, getting to know your neighbors has always been an important part of a functioning society. It can also be helpful in a crisis, because after a disaster occurs, the people in closest proximity to you – and the people who will be able to help you most immediately – are your neighbors.

They may need your help as well. Research reported by FEMA says that people often are not as prepared for disasters as they think they are. Forty percent of survey respondents said they did not have household plans in the event of an emergency, and nearly 60 percent did not know their community’s evacuation routes. Almost 20 percent of responders said they had a functional disability that would affect their ability to respond during a disaster, but only 25 percent of those people have made arrangements to or alerted others to their disability in case of an event. In a different survey, 46 percent of people said they expect to rely on people in their neighborhood for assistance in the first 72 hours after a disaster.

There are several ways to find out what you can do to help. If you live in an area that is known for disaster events or has had them recently, it can be as simple as asking them how they dealt with any previous incidents. Their feedback can teach you what precautions are the most effective for the situation.

You can also organize your neighbors with the help of local service groups such as Citizen Corps Councils, Neighborhood Watch teams, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), as well as local fire and police departments and emergency management agencies. Their input can help you figure out your neighborhood’s biggest needs.

FEMA also recommends hosting meetings with family, friends and neighbors to plan service projects, set service goals, and learn about existing local emergency response plans. Community-based organizations often lack the capacity to manage large numbers of volunteers, so they need individuals to organize themselves and work alongside them.

Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/fema, www.fema.gov/blog, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Become A Licensed Amateur (ham) Radio Operator

Dear East Bench/Foothill residents.

We are seeking to increase the number of licensed amateur (ham) radio operators here on the East Bench and Foothill area.  Ham operators are a critical component in our ability to community with city officials and emergency responders during a disaster.  If we can talk with them when cell phone, land-lines, and Internet are down, we will be able to get help to arrive to the area more quickly.


If you've ever considered becoming an amateur radio technician, now's the time.  Radios are now the size of a walky-talky, you don't need to learn Morse Code, and learning can be done online, through books, and self-study.

There are a few of us who have indicated interest in getting licensed this year - it does require a license from the FCC which is obtained after passing an exam - and we welcome you to join us. We plan to have a question/answer session this fall with our ham radio leaders to help us with any concepts that may seem unclear.

There are two exam sessions scheduled this year in SLC at the SL County Complex.  One is on October 4th, the other on December 6th.  It would be fantastic if everyone interested could sit for the exam by the end of the year.  Here's where you can find the exam schedule http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session.  Some people study solely from manuals or online and attend a testing session to obtain their license.  Here is a schedule of many of the test sessions locally in the coming months: http://www.xmission.com/~uarc/testinfo.html .  If you go the self study route, as many of us will, you would need to check if the session you choose would be open or allows only class participants to test.

Below is all of the info you need to get started...

Getting Started with Ham Radio

1.  Understand the basics of ham radio.

2.  Prepare for the exam

Find a class to attend or study online
Check out The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual from the library or buy your own copy or take the study course online (more expensive).
If you are already have a good background with electronics, you could probably review the FCC rules and regulations that apply to Amateur Radio and pass the test without a class. Download the question pools to ensure your knowledge is adequate.

3.  Take online practice tests (you will first test for the lowest level of Technician, but can take exams for General and Extra Class licenses; select the appropriate level from the links)

4.  Schedule and take the real exam.

5.  Set up a station.

6.  Get on the air and get involved by networking with other ham radio operators in the community.

"Technician" is the entry-level license by the FCC as an amateur radio operator, "General" is next, and "Extra" is highest.  The pool of questions changes every four years for the Technician level exam, and the newest manuals are available now for the 2014 - 2018 exams.

There are two manuals published for the Technician level:

     *  The ARRL Technician Class License Manual (http://www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual-3rd-Edition/) and

     *  The manual by Gordon West (http://www.w5yi.org/catalog_details.php?pid=76&sort=4)

Online Manuals and Practice Tests

     * When studying for the Technician exam, some prefer the Gordon West manual, but ARRL has some nice help online at http://www.arrl.org/ham-radio-license-manual.

     * This online practice exam is also highly recommended: http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/index.html

     * You can preview and practice online for free (e.g., http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=5626 and http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=19673), although you don't get personalized tracking of your scores and weak areas as you would at the subscription site.

     * You can see more free sites at:   http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Ham_Radio/Exams/Exam_Practice/

     * And another practice test here http://qrz.com/hamtest/?op=start&t=t2014

     *  There are also several ham radio study/test apps available for your cell phone or tablet.  Take it on the go!

General information about obtaining a license in amateur radio:

     *  http://www.qrz.com/i/ham-radio-howto.html.


Q: Do you have to know Morse Code to get an Amateur Radio license?

A: NO!

Q: Why is amateur radio helpful in emergencies?

A: When traditional communication methods (landlines, cell phones) fail, ham radio is available.

Q: Is ham radio expensive?

A: It varies just as much as buying a television varies. You could go for a small radio with fewer options or a very expensive unit with all the bells and whistles. When you're licensed there will be many other hams who are willing to give suggestions.  A good handheld radio is approximately $140.

What can becoming a ham do for you?  During emergencies and everyday life, amateur radio operators can contact family members who are also licensed.  Hams provide valuable service to their communities during disasters when the usual modes of communications are not functioning.  Hams who participate in clubs or public service events such as Scouting For Food Drive, marathons or parades develop a camaraderie that lasts for years.  And ham radio can be just plain fun!

(Many thanks to Susan Smith for much of the content of this email!)