Utah is again participating in the Utah Shakeout exercise. This will become an annual event to create awareness of the dangers of earthquakes and assist governments in planning for the event. There are over 650,000 registered for the Shakeout 2013. A historic event will be taking place on April 17th. Tremonton City is participating with an Emergency Operations Center activation exercise to see if the plan will work as we anticipate it will. Prior to that, local responders will participate in a mass-casualty exercise to test the response plans and capabilities.
You are encouraged to participate as well. Utah's goal is to have over 1 million participate. The following link will get you to the website for this event. www.shakeout.org/utah/
Please register your family to participate. You can participate simply by checking your personal and family kits. Is everything up to date and still fits? Do you have enough supplies to last several days, if the need arises? If your family doesn't have a communications plan, now is the time to create one. If a plan exists, test it. Will it work the way you anticipate it will? The link will also have additional resources to assist you.
Box Elder County has a telephone system that allows emergency response agencies to contact home owners in the event of a disaster. This system works well for those that have regular landline phones. Many of Tremonton citizens have either changed to a computer-based phone system (UTOPIA) or have discontinued landlines completely in preference to cell phones. This creates a problem with the notification system. Box Elder County Sherriff's Office (BESO)has begun the process of collecting these numbers to input into the computer notification system. Your help is needed to register your phone lines. You can register your phone numbers by accessing the BESO website at: www.boxeldercounty.org/emergency-notification-system.htm
It is time again to offer the Citizen Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training program. If you are interested in participating in this training, please see the C.E.R.T. portion of the Tremonton City website, or for information on the CERT program click here
. This website contains an on-line training course that will familiarize you with the CERT program. If you are interested in becoming a member of the team, please contact the Tremonton City office at 257-9500 and leave your name and contact number.
We encourage you to start today in becoming prepared. There are many websites available that can assist you.
FEMA Individual Preparedness
Utah Family Preparedness