Thursday, February 23, 2012

Community Emergency Response Coordination Workshop

Dear Salt Lake City Community Members,

The 1st Quarter 2012 Community Emergency Response Coordination Workshop has been scheduled.  Please join us at the workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2012.  Continental breakfast will be offered at 8:00 am.  Welcome and opening address will begin at 8:30.  This workshop will include a presentation from John Ellsworth, Hidden Village CERT, about CERT involvement in the response to the canal break/landslide in/near the Hidden Village area of Logan July 11-15, 2009.  A biography on Mr. Ellsworth is included at the end on this announcement.

John Flynt, Community Preparedness Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Office of Emergency Management will brief workshop attendees on Salt Lake City government’s participation in the ShakeOut and the ways in which individuals, families, and organizations/groups can participate.

Additionally, the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will provide a short presentation about their involvement with The Great Utah Shake Out on April 17 – 19.  You can support the Mass Care portion of this exercise by helping the Red Cross test its ability to provide shelter and food for large numbers of people.  Visit for more details.

This workshop is for anyone interested in community emergency response coordination and 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, as well as the business community throughout the City are continuing to become more coordinated and prepared.

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.

Below is the agenda.  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 and type “workshop, March 3rd, will attend breakfast” or “workshop, March 3rd, meeting only” in the subject line.

Community Emergency Response
Coordination Workshop


Saturday, March 3, 2012, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Pioneer Police Precinct
1040 West 700 South

8:00                        Sign-in & Light continental breakfast

8:30                        Welcome & Open Meeting – John Flynt/Michael Stott
                                Welcome from SLC Mayor’s office.  2012 Great Utah ShakeOut & Pre- ShakeOut Exercise preparations.

8:40                        John Ellsworth – Breakout Groups
                                CERT involvement in the response to the canal break/landslide in/near the Hidden Village area of Logan July 11-15, 2009

9:40                        Q & A

9:50                        Break
10:00                     Great Utah ShakeOut
                                Briefing on the role of Salt Lake City government participation and information on how individuals, families, and groups/organizations can participate

10:10                     American Red Cross – Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter
                                American Red Cross activities planned for the Great Utah ShakeOut and recruitment of volunteers for ShakeOut participation

10:30                     Break

10:35                     Division Breakout
Divisions will break out into groups to have discussion on Division specific coordination, planning, and activities

People with disabilities may make requests for reasonable accommodation no later than 48 hours in advance in order to attend this meeting.  Accommodations may include alternate formats, interpreters, and other auxiliary aids.  This is an accessible facility.  For questions or additional information, please contact Michael Stott, ADA Coordinator, at, (801) 535-7976, or TDD (801) 535-6021.

Contact Information

John Flynt
Community Preparedness Coordinator
Salt Lake City Emergency Management

Michael Stott
Community Affairs Analyst & ADA Coordinator
Salt Lake City Mayors Office

Susan Smith
CERT Southeast Division Supervisor
Salt Lake City CERT

JaLae Thompson
Emergency Services Manager
American Red Cross – Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter

Charlie Eckhardt
CERT Southwest Division Supervisor
Salt Lake City CERT

Heidi Pruess
CERT Northeast Assistant Supervisor

Clyde & Cynthia Sprau                                                                                                                                                 
CERT Northwest Division Supervisor
Salt Lake City CERT

Marvin Match
Salt Lake City ARES Coordinator




John C. Ellsworth is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the Hidden Village neighborhood, Logan, Utah. He completed CERT basic training April 29, 2008 and CERT Train the Trainer course June 6, 2009. He has participated in numerous additional trainings in various related topics, including FEMA NIMS and ICS, red-cross sheltering-in-place, pandemic influenza response, earthquake preparedness, and personal and family security. He is a licensed amateur radio operator (general class, K7JCE).

He has served as co-instructor in the delivery of the CERT basic training course to other residents of the Hidden Village neighborhood. He assisted with the delivery of two radio communications training sessions and implementation of four comprehensive mock disaster exercises in his neighborhood as well.

John served as CERT responder and CERT Incident Commander during the Canyon Road landslide/canal break incident in Logan, Utah July 11-15, 2009, along with 70 other trained CERT responders who contributed a total of 591 hours of volunteer time. The Wilson Area Volunteer Coalition, of which Hidden Village CERT is a prominent member, received the 2010 State of Utah Volunteer Coalition Community Preparedness Award for their response to the landslide/canal break incident.

In the spring of 2011, John served as CERT Incident Commander, Safety Officer, and Operations Section Chief during the Hidden Village neighborhood preparations for and response to Logan River flooding. He supervised over 1,100 volunteers in the deployment of more than 40,000 sandbags for construction of flood control levees.

John Ellsworth is a consulting professional landscape architect and environmental planner, Emeritus Professor at Utah State University, and avid tenkara fly-fisherman. He is chair of the Utah Landscape Architect Licensing Board, and a state council officer in Trout Unlimited, a national coldwater fisheries conservation organization. In his spare time John enjoys bicycling, motorcycling, photography, fly-fishing, and spending time in the Yellowstone National Park area.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Images Show How Earthquakes Warp the Earth's Surface

Amazing 3-D images show how earthquakes warp the Earth's surface

Laser scans of the Earth's surface published in the Journal of Science reveal how earthquakes distort the planet's surface, showing exactly where the ground moved and by how much.

Check it out at the following link:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Effects on Mental Health during a Natural Disaster

Have you ever heard that during an emergency your mind will just be running on adrenaline? Well that might not be totally true, according to new research.
For a long time, researchers have known that cognitive skills have decreased when human made disasters occur. For example, researchers found that there was an increase in traffic accidents in the months following the Sept. 11th attacks.
Now, researchers in New Zealand were presented with a unique opportunity to track how a natural disaster – like an earthquake – effects people’s cognitive skills.
The authors were unexpectedly presented with a unique opportunity to investigate the impact of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, as they were performing a human performance study with community members at the time of the quake…
“In the midst of the study, between the two sessions, we had a substantial local earthquake, which resulted in the rare opportunity to do a before/after study. We were quick to seize the opportunity[,” said The University of Canterbury’s William S Helton.] …
Normally, participant performance would improve during the second session, but the authors found an increase in errors of omission following the earthquake…
“The article provides evidence for a phenomenon many people report experiencing after a major event like an earthquake,” said Helton. “People would find themselves zoning out and making more errors than usual after the quake.” (Read the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society article.)
The study showed that there was an increase in stress levels, depression and anxiety levels after an earthquake. Obviously, there was also a mental decline and a lowering of cognitive skills after a natural disaster.
While further research is needed to figure out this phenomenon, there are a number of recommendations that people can do to stay mentally healthy during an emergency.
  1. Dr. Sandra Wartski recommends that people stay informed but try to avoid watching too much news. This can increase some levels of anxiety. She recommends that people find a relaxing place where they can process the information while still being informed. (Read her article here.)
  2. Have an emergency plan. By creating a plan for your family, and practicing that plan, your mind wont have to dedicate as much time to processing what to do. Practice creates an environment where you already know what to do.
  3. Have an emergency food/water supply. If you have peace of mind regarding what you’ll be eating, you’ll be able to process other things during an emergency. We recommend having a few freeze-dried meals on hand. That way, you can prepare meals by just adding water.
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fire Extinguisher

The use of a fire extinguisher in the hands of a trained adult can be a life and property saving tool. However, a majority of adults have not had fire extinguisher training and may not know how and when to use them. Fire extinguisher use requires a sound decision making process and training on their proper use and maintenance.

Should I Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Consider the following three questions before purchasing or using a fire extinguisher to control a fire:

1. What type of fire extinguisher is needed?

Different types of fires require different types of extinguishers. For example, a grease fire and an electrical fire require the use of different extinguishing agents to be effective and safely put the fire out.
Basically, there are five different types of extinguishing agents. Most fire extinguishers display symbols to show the kind of fire on which they are to be used.
Types of Fire Extinguishers
class AClass A extinguishers put out fires in ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.Ordinary Combustibles
class BClass B extinguishers are used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, and oil-based paints.Flammable Liquids
class CClass C extinguishers are suitable for use on fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.Electrical Equipment
class DClass D extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.Combustible Metals
class KClass K fire extinguishers are intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, such as those found in restaurants, cafeterias, and caterers. Class K extinguishers are now finding their way into the residential market for use in kitchens.Combustible Cooking
There are also multi-purpose fire extinguishers - such as those labeled "B-C" or "A-B-C" - that can be used on two or more of the above type fires.

2. Is the fire at a point where it might still be controlled by a fire extinguisher?

Portable fire extinguishers are valuable for immediate use on small fires. They contain a limited amount of extinguishing material and need to be properly used so that this material is not wasted. For example, when a pan initially catches fire, it may be safe to turn off the burner, place a lid on the pan, and use an extinguisher. By the time the fire has spread, however, these actions will not be adequate. Only trained firefighters can safely extinguish such fires.
Use a fire extinguisher only if:
  • You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department;
  • The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket;
  • You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire;
  • You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the escape route; and
  • Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.
If all of these conditions are not present, you should NOT try to use a fire extinguisher. Alert other occupants, leave the building following yourhome escape plan, go to the agreed upon meeting place, and call the fire department from a cell phone or a neighbor's home.

3. Am I physically capable of using the extinguisher?

Some people have physical limitations that might diminish or eliminate their ability to properly use a fire extinguisher. People with disabilities, older adults, or children may find that an extinguisher is too heavy to handle or it may be too difficult for them to exert the necessary pressure to operate the extinguisher.


Fire extinguishers need to be regularly checked to ensure that:
  • The extinguisher is not blocked by furniture, doorways, or any thing that might limit access in an emergency.
  • The pressure is at the recommended level. Some extinguishers have gauges that indicate when the pressure is too high or too low.
  • All parts are operable and not damaged or restricted in any way. Make sure hoses and nozzles are free of insects or debris. There should not be any signs of damage or abuse, such as dents or rust, on the extinguisher.
  • The outside of the extinguisher is clean. Remove any oil or grease that might accumulate on the exterior.


  • Shake dry chemical extinguishers once a month to prevent the powder from settling or packing. Check the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Pressure test the extinguisher (a process called hydrostatic testing) after a number of years to ensure that the cylinder is safe to use. Find out from the owner's manual, the label, or the manufacturer when an extinguisher may need this type of testing.
  • Immediately replace the extinguisher if it needs recharging or is damaged in any way.

Sound Decision Making. Training. Maintenance.

All are required to safely control a fire with an extinguisher. For this reason, USFA recommends that only those trained in the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers consider using them when appropriate. Contact your local fire department for information on training in your area.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

6.9 earthquake hits Philippines

A 6.9 earthquake hit yesterday in the Phillipines leading to a large landslide, damaged roads and collapsed buildings. The landslide buried an entire village and toppled a cement building that housed hundreds of people and their families.
Dozens of people were still missing Tuesday following a strong earthquake that triggered landslides and damaged buildings and roads on a central Philippine island. The death toll reached 22, but officials said it was likely to rise further as rescuers struggle to reach remote areas.
But Adrian Sedillo, a disaster council officer in Negros Oriental province, said the death toll was likely to rise. There were reports of at least 14 more deaths, but the number will be added to the official count only after authorities verify that the bodies have been recovered, he said. (Read the ABC News article.)
This number doesn’t even include the individuals who are missing or who can not be located. Over a million people live on the small island where the earthquake hit – Negros Island.
At least 73 other people are missing, many of them buried by landslides caused by the lunchtime quake. (Read the Wall Street Journal Article.)
Issues of water and food supply are beginning to hit as much of the natural food supply and electricity has been taken out.
“We have no water and power because electric posts were toppled,” he told The Associated Press by phone. “Many of our roads were damaged, including bridges, and stores are closed. We’re isolated.” …
Aquino ordered air force helicopters and navy and coast guard vessels to come to the aid of rescuers, some of whom were digging with picks and shovels to look for survivors.
Workers were clearing and fixing roads and bridges leading up from the coast to mountains so heavy equipment, food and medicine could flow to the worst-hit villages. (Read the Boston Globe article.)
This earthquake is a reminder to all of us to prepare for natural disasters in our neck of the woods. We should be prepared with reserve water and food as much as possible.
We pray that rescuers might be guided to find those who are still missing and that God will comfort those who have lost love ones in this disaster.

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Emergency Essentials In Store Classes

Emergency Essentials is offering classes to customers, FREE of charge. The classes will be held at all store locations (click here to see locations:  The classes are offered at two different times per store and will last between 30 to 60 minutes. Registration is limited, classes that are full or cancelled will not appear as a choice on the form.

Here are the classes being offered for February 2012:

  • Orem - Wed. Feb. 15th - 2 pm and 7 pm - Food Storage Smarts 
  • South Jordan - Tues. Feb. 21st - 2 pm and 7 pm - Food Storage Smarts 
  • Bountiful - Tues. Feb. 21st - 2 pm - Food Storage Smarts 
  • Murray - Wed. Feb. 22nd - 2 pm and 7 pm - Food Storage Smarts
Click on this text to register

Monday, February 6, 2012

Food Storage Breakfasts

"Food storage breakfasts do not have to be bland and boring. Some simple tips can keep them interesting and delicious."

Follow this link to an article found in the Deseret News February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bonneville Hills C.C. CERT Meeting

Dear B.H.C.C. Residents Businesses & Friends,

B.H.C.C. CERT certified or people in the process of taking CERT classes are invited to a B.H.C.C.  community meeting to lay the groundwork for organizing CERT emergency preparedness in our community.

Eudo Atencio is our BHCC Leader for CERT in our community. The meeting will be at his home.

Date:         Wednesday, February 8th
Time:         7:00 pm.
Location:   Eudo Antencio home
                1481 South 2300 East

For more information, please email Eudo.