Be Prepared, Stay Safe
In an unpredictable world, being prepared for emergencies is a proactive step you can take to stay safe in the midst of a disaster. Emergencies can happen at any time, and preparation is the key to safeguarding yourself, your loved ones, and your community.
South Salt Lake Emergency Management aims to protect our community and residents by mitigating against, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from any form of natural or man-made disaster.
Why Emergency Preparedness Matters
Whether it's a natural disaster, a health crisis, or a man-made incident, having a plan in place can make all the difference. A well-thought-out emergency plan can significantly reduce the risk of injuries, save lives, and protect property. Measures including, planning evacuation routes, building emergency kits, and putting in place communication strategies all contribute to the safety of individuals and communities.
By being prepared we are building our community’s resilience together. This makes us stronger, more efficient, and able to recover from any and all adverse situations. Please check out our Resource section to see how you can get started and be sure to sign up for Notification Alerts to be the first to know what is happening in our community.
SSL Alerts on Your Phone
When emergencies happen, you need real-time updates. South Salt Lake offers a simple Notify Me program for you to connect with us. You can pick and choose which messages you would like to receive and how (email, text, or both), including the latest SSL news, emergency alerts, City Council updates, community events, Arts Council programs, and more.
Click here to register your Notify Me account.
Ways to be Prepared for an Emergency
1. Sign up for Alerts
Sign up for South Salt Lake alerts to receive notifications to your cell phone in emergency situations. Local alerts will prepare you best for updates and response action in your neighborhood and our community.
2. Make a Plan
Creating an emergency plan is an effective way to ensure that everyone that you care for knows how to respond in the event of an emergency. Learn about the hazards and risks specific to Utah and South Salt Lake and talk to members of your household about what to do in different scenarios. Consider the following:
- How will you contact one another?
- How will you get back together?
- What will you do in different situations?
Check on your neighbors during and after an emergency in case they need assistance.
3. Have Your 96 Hour Kit Ready
Most people have at least heard that they should have a 72-hour kit. Based on an assessment of the most current data estimating the extent of damage to transportation corridors and critical infrastructure in the Salt Lake Valley, it is estimated that after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which is the expected magnitude of the next earthquake in the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch Fault, it will be at least 96 hours before resources from outside the area begin to arrive. Click here to learn how to build your 96 Hour Kit.