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September: National Preparedness Month -- “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Article Published 09/03/2014

The month of  September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month.  

Why should citizens prepare?
During routine emergencies, we have become accustomed to thinking of public safety response times in terms of minutes.
However, when a major disaster strikes, like a serious earthquake, response times will extend to at least several days.  It is critical that Layton citizens be prepared to be on their own for at least 3 -5 days. 

What should citizens prepare for?
Because of its varying climate and terrain, Utah can experience a variety of disasters. Layton City has identified some of the potential hazards at http://www.laytoncity.org/public/EmergencyManagement/hazardsInLayton.aspx  that either have occurred, or could likely occur in the Layton area.  
For more information, visit:
http://beready.utah.gov/beready/family/be-informed.html

How will citizens be notified about a disaster?
Warnings may be given to the public using an alert and notification system, AM/FM radio, television, public address systems and mobile sirens via police or fire vehicles.
In addition, the Layton Citizen Corps Council has established a localized community system whereby the City provides notification through District Coordinators as a vital means for disseminating warnings.  If the internet is operational, Layton will provide information via the city website:  www.laytoncity.org,  as well as on Twitter @LaytonFYI or @Layton Emergency, and on Layton City’s Facebook page.  
At the present time, there are four (4) established systems to give broad scale warnings to citizens. 
They are:
Learn more at: http://www.laytoncity.org/public/EmergencyManagement/CommunityOrganization.aspx 

Get an emergency supply kit. 
An emergency supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. 
You may need to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.  You may need to survive on your own after an emergency.  This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. 
Additionally basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week or longer. 
Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Additional information is available at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit and http://www.utah.gov/beready/family/get-a-kit.html.

Make a family emergency plan. 
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance:  How will you get to a safe place? How will you contact each other?  What will you do in different situations?  
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. 
Additional information is available at http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan  and http://www.utah.gov/beready/family/make-a-plan.html.

Get Involved. 
Layton residents are encouraged to become part of their organized neighborhood  network, under the direction of the appointed volunteer Block Captain. 
See the Mayor’s letter encouraging citizen participation www.laytoncity.org/downloads/LCCC/MayorLetter.pdf.  One of the best ways to prepare to care for your family and to help your neighbors when professional emergency services are unavailable is to take a CERT class.  For more information:
:http://www.laytoncity.org/public/EmergencyManagement/CERT.aspx?x=0 . --Additional information is available at http://www.utah.gov/beready/family/get-involved.html. 

-For more information, contact Jim Mason, Assistant City Manager, at 801-336-3820.