Saturday, August 27, 2011

EP - Salt Lake Valley Emergency Com Center Sign-up

Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC), has instituted a regional notification system that will be able to send telephone notifications to residents and businesses within VECC's area impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster. This system, called DCC, will be used by emergency response personnel to notify those homes and businesses at risk with information on the event and/or actions (such as evacuation) the emergency response personnel are asking be taken. As allowed by statute, the system utilizes the region's 9-1-1 database, provided by the local telephone company, and thus is able to contact land-line telephones whether listed or unlisted. It is TTY/TDD capable.

Because the system uses the 9-1-1 database, only land-line numbers are in the system. If you have an alternative telephone system provider, such a cable network or Voice over IP provider (VoIP) or cellular telephone and would like to be notified over that device, or if you would like an email notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or email address for use by the system.

          Click menu item VoIP Registration (top of the screen)
                  Click New User link at the bottom of the screen
                           Complete the required information

EP - Severe Weather Alerts Sign-Up

The Weather Channel website has an area where you can sign-up to receive a text message for severe weather conditions reported in any area code you designate.  Follow the link below:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

EP - Emergency Sanitation


After a major disaster, if water and sewage lines have been disrupted you may need to improvise emergency sanitation facilities.

Always have basic sanitation supplies on hand
• Medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid
• Household chlorine bleach
• Toilet paper
• Plastic garbage bags and ties (heavy duty)
• Soap, liquid detergent
• Towelettes

Build a makeshift toilet
• If sewage lines are broken but the toilet bowl is usable, place a garbage bag
              inside the bowl.
• If the toilet is completely backed up, make your own.
• Line a medium sized bucket with a garbage bag.
• Make a toilet seat out of two boards place parallel to each other across the 
              bucket. An old toilet seat will also work.

Sanitize Waste
• After each use, pour a disinfectant such as bleach into the container. This will 
              help avoid infection and stop the spread of disease.
• Cover the container tightly WHEN NOT IN USE.

Waste Disposal
• Bury garbage and human waste to avoid the spread of disease by rats and 
• Dig a pit 2 to 3 feet deep and at least 50 feet downhill or away from any well, 
              spring or water supply.
• If the garbage cannot be buried immediately, strain any liquids into the 
              emergency toilet.
• Wrap the residue in several layers of newspapers and store it in a large can
              with tight-fitting lid.
• Place the can outside until it can be buried.

Electronics Recycling Event

One-day Event Sponsored by Salt Lake Valley Health Department- Thursday, August 25. Drop off your household hazardous waste.  Material accepted includes all household hazardous waste, paint, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, oil, etc.

Thursday, August 25  
Mt. Olympus Pavilion in Sugar House Park
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Sugar House event will also accept prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal.
Permanent Drop-Off - Salt Lake Valley Health Department
6030 West California Avenue (1400 South)
Monday - Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Accepts: Electronics and other household hazardous waste including paints, chemicals, pesticides, oil, antifreeze and florescent bulbs.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Neighbors Mobilize Deseret News Article

Below is a link to an interesting article about 'neighborhood organization for a disaster' found in the Deseret News:

Saturday, August 6, 2011

CERT - Community Emergency Response Coordination Workshop

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Pioneer Police Precinct
1040 West 700 South
Dear Salt Lake City Community Members,

 The 3rd Quarter 2011 Community Emergency Response Coordination Workshop has been scheduled.  Please join us at the workshop on Saturday, August 13, 2011.  Continental breakfast will be offered at 8:00 am.  Welcome and opening address will begin at 8:30.  This workshop is aimed at improving coordination and communication capabilities of Salt Lake City communities, neighborhoods, and businesses in emergency response, especially through CERT.

This workshop is for anyone interested in community emergency response and post-disaster communications capabilities in Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake City Office of Emergency Management is pleased to report that CERT
, Mobile Watch, and other religious and non-governmental organizations throughout the City are continuing to be established, while coordination of communications continues to be a high priority.  We ask the community councils for assistance in finding representatives in every neighborhood to participate in these efforts.  We also encourage everyone involved with other community groups interested in emergency preparedness (such as churches) to attend as it is vital that we coordinate with existing plans and efforts.

Didn’t attend the previous workshops?  No problem.  Please join us at this one!  Pass this on to anyone you feel would have an interest in emergency response.

Please RSVP as soon as possible by replying to John Flynt ( and  include “will attend breakfast” or “meeting only” in the subject line.

Harbor Freight Sale Aug 26 - 28

Harbor Freight Tools in Salt Lake City, UT is having a “Gigantic Tent Event” on 
August 26th – 28th.

Harbor Freight offers tools and many other items that help in emergency preparedness.

One item I really like is a 45watt Solar Panel Kit.  Solar panel kits are a great way to generate plenty of clean, quiet energy, using solar energy from the sun to run TVs, lights, computers, ham radio equipment, even recharge 12 volt DC batteries. Setting up Chicago Electric solar panel kits is easy. The solar panel kit comes with three 15 watt solar panels - simply connect the solar panels to a 12 volt DC storage battery (sold separately), and then use at least a 300 watt power inverter (sold separately) to power your 120 volt AC appliances anywhere.  Look up this kit on the internet and YouTube as well to see how people have incorporated this same system into their every day lives.

Harbor freight normally sells this kit for $249, but right now it’s on sale for $199 (I think to compete with a similar product offered at Costco.)  However, if you attend the “Gigantic Tent Event” on August 26th, you can purchase this kit for only $149.  Now that is a great deal.

They have tools of every kind, bungee cords, tarps, magnesium fire-starters, screwdrivers, clamps, carts, chargers, canopy covers, generators, pumps, toolboxes, gloves, security camera systems, safes, LED flashlights, compressors, knee-pads, poly rope, and a whole bunch more!  There will be many other really great deals at this event.  It is worth checking out!  See also their website at:

Monday, August 1, 2011

EP - Emergency Preparedness for Kids

Here is a link to FEMA's website on emergency preparedness for kids:

EP - Your Family Disaster Plan


Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services - water, gas, electricity or telephones - were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.  Medical help may not arrive at all. 9-1-1 will be totally overwhelmed in a major disaster.

Families can - and do - cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.  Follow the steps listed in this brochure to create your family's disaster plan.  Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.  Where will your family be when disaster strikes?  They could be anywhere - at work, at school or in the car.

How will you find each other? Will you know if your children are safe?


1. Find Out What Could Happen to You
Disasters that May Affect Your Family
Natural                                  Human                                Technological
Winter Storm                        Bomb Threat                       Structural Failures
Wild land Fire                      Fire                                     Transportation Failures
Earthquake                           Utilities Failures                  Terrorism
Cold/Heat Wave                  Hazardous Materials            Pandemic Influenza

2. Create a Disaster Plan
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.  Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and earthquakes to children.  Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
• Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen.
Explain what to do in each case.
• Pick two places to meet:
1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
2. Outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
• Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance.  Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are.  Everyone must know your contact's phone
• Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.

3. Complete This Checklist
• Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
• Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services
number for emergency help.
• Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the
main switches.
• Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
• Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them
where it's kept.
• Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
• Conduct a home hazard hunt.
• Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
• Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
• Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
• Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.

4. Practice and Maintain Your Plan
• Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do.
• Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
• Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
• Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.
• Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Every six months is even better.