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.

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