Make a plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Get a Kit. Whether an emergency or disaster keeps you at home or requires you to evacuate, you'll be better prepared to deal with the situation, and to help others, if you have adequate emergency supplies on hand. Water, food, and articles needed to maintain your body temperature and provide protection against the elements are the most important items to include. Also, certain individuals require prescription medications to sustain their lives.
Consider creating two types of kits: one that has everything you will need if you are required to stay in your home and a smaller, lightweight version to take with you if you have to evacuate. Both kits should include enough supplies to take care of your needs for at least three days.
Be Informed. Because of its varying climate and terrain, Utah can experience a variety of disasters. Wildfires can strike during the hot, dry summer months and severe storms during the winter season can blanket parts of the state, causing power outages and increased avalanche danger. Despite these risks, there are steps each citizen can take to ensure they are prepared for a variety of disasters. This section will provide you with information about how to protect yourself from a variety of disasters, including flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, drought, debris flows, landslides, earthquakes and terrorist attacks. It's important to be informed about Utah's hazards so you can be ready for the unexpected.
Get Involved. Utah is nationally known for its spirit of volunteerism. In addition to preparing ourselves for the unexpected, there are great opportunities to reach out to our neighbors and community. As we get involved, we can make preparedness a part of service.
For more information go to Be Ready Utah!
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