Emergency Preparedness

shutterstock_1371224783There are 5 mission areas in the world of Emergency Management: protection, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Preparedness is one piece of emergency management that everyone can play a part in. Being prepared doesn’t just mean the difference between life or death, it means having access to the resources you and/or your family need at a time when those may be hard to find. Being prepared allows you to minimize the impact of a disaster to you, your family, your home, or your neighbors. Following the steps below allows you to be increasingly prepared for threats that may come your way. 

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. Visit BeReady.Utah.Gov for additional resources.