Everyone should begin the process of learning about potential threats to become better prepared to react during a natural or man-made disaster or other emergency. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what personal circumstances will be, there are simple things that can be done now to prepare yourself and your loved ones.
Some of the things you can do to prepare for an emergency or disaster, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among disasters that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. With a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected.
Be Ready Uintah County A free one and a half hour disaster preparedness class walks County residents through the emergency planning process. The class is available upon request and is scheduled through the Office of Emergency Management.
American Red Cross Learn how to prepare yourself or your loved ones for any disaster with online disaster preparedness courses and information.
FEMA Training, IS 22: Are You Ready? An In Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness will take you through preparedness steps encouraged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training. Public safety agencies will not have the resources to be everywhere at once and some residential areas may be isolated. The CERT training program provides you with the skills to take care of yourself, your loved ones and help your neighbors following a disaster. CERT is a series of classes that covers general emergency preparedness, disaster first aid, hazardous materials, light search and rescue, fire prevention and suppression, working as a team, basic Incident Command System, and includes a disaster simulation. CERT trainees can join a CERT team and become a County disaster resource.
Family Emergency Plan
Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.
Be Ready Utah Preparedness Guide
Be Ready Utah Family Emergency Plan
Building Disaster Resilient Communities Guide
Disaster Supply Kit
A disaster Supply Kit, which includes the items below, can be invaluable to you and your family in the days following a disaster. In a sturdy, portable container, keep the following on hand:
• A three day supply of drinking water, approximately one gallon per person per day. Children may need more.
• A three day supply of non-perishable, ready-to-eat food. It could include canned meats, fruits, vegetables; canned juices, milk, soup; staples such as sugar, salt, and pepper; high energy foods like granola, peanut butter, crackers; vitamins; foods for infants and special diets; comfort foods including cookies, hard candy, and sweetened cereals.
• A first aid kit. Include non-prescription drugs.
• Tools and supplies: flashlight, battery-operated radio, spare batteries, mess kits, can opener, knife, pliers, tape, compass, matches, aluminum foil, paper, pencil, needle, thread, wrench, whistle, tarp or tent.
• Sanitation supplies: toilet paper, soap, feminine supplies, toothbrush, toothpaste, garbage bags.
• Clothing. Have one change of clothing for each person. Consider including sunglasses, rain gear and thermal underwear.
• Bedding: blankets or sleeping bags.
• Special items: infant care items, prescription medicines, contact lenses and solution, games and books, copies of family documents, money, crayons and toys.
Store your kit in a convenient location that all family members know about. Remember to rotate your food every six months. Replace old batteries. Ask your physician about storing prescription medications. Rethink your needs at least once a year.
Be Ready Utah Checklist
Just For Kids
Try these great sites to help prepare your kids. Practice “prepare without the scare” and keep it light-hearted and fun.
FEMA for Kids
FEMA Ready Kids
FEMA and Sesame Street
Smokey the Bear
McGruff the Crime Dog
Red Cross Masters of Disaster
Seniors and Special Needs
Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation.
Ready.gov for Seniors and Special Needs
PrepareNow.org supporting special needs & vulnerable populations in disaster
Disability Preparedness Resource Center
Responders and County Employees
Do you know when the next big disaster will strike? It is difficult to predict what the disaster will be or where you will be when it happens. As a first responder or county employee, you must be prepared so that you can do your duty to help in the response and recovery efforts of local government. It is essential that you and your family are ready so that they can be well taken care of while you help.
Animal and Pet Preparedness
The Office of Emergency Management and the Uintah Animal Control and Shelter Special Service District have organized a countywide animal disaster plan. Together with the Community Emergency Response Team, Utah Emergency Animal Rescue Coalition and other key agencies, they can coordinate the provision of food, shelter and some transportation for pets and livestock in the event of an emergency. Don’t forget your pets and livestock in your emergency planning.
Ready.gov for Pets
County Livestock Brochure
Each year disasters force thousands of businesses to close. But even more common events such as major theft, building fires, broken water lines or sudden loss of data can have the same result. SBA research shows that at least 25 percent of businesses that close their doors following events such as these do not reopen. Many that do struggle just to stay in business. It makes good business sense to have a disaster plan!
Be Ready Utah
Small Business Administration
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