Fire Department

Emergency Preparedness

Happy New Year! Throughout 2020, I will introduce one topic a month from the do1thing.com website. The plan is easy to follow with more information on the website. January began with Make a Plan. We can anticipate certain hazards in southwest Utah. We could experience extreme heat or power outages in the summer months. Flooding can occur in moments at any time of the year. Hundreds of trucks travel I-15 everyday carrying all types of hazardous substances. A vehicle accident or container spill may cause an evacuation near the freeway or we could be advised to shelter in our homes. Whatever the situation, we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves as much as possible so first responders can focus on those with greater needs. Earthquakes or other disasters on the Wasatch Front or in southern California may bring additional family members to our area. As we plan for our own needs, it may be wise to include friends or relatives from other areas of the country in our plans. The plan for February is water storage. Fortunately, water is easy to purchase and store. A general recommendation is one gallon of water per person per day for three days. This is a good starting point but in our desert climate more water will be needed. Individuals working outside in warmer months and in a low humidity environment can easily consume 2 or 3 gallons a day. Citizens might be better prepared with a water supply for seven days. After one year citizens should have a good start on being prepared for emergencies. The do1thing.com website has a lot of information about preparing for emergencies. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Ward Symes

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