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Citizen Preparedness

Layton City is committed to prepare for emergencies. This includes not only preparing and training City employees, but also encouraging businesses and citizens to prepare as well.

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. This is because in a major disaster, the City’s emergency services will be overwhelmed and responses will be prioritized, and it will likely take much longer before emergency services are available to everyone. Therefore it is very important that all citizens prepare in advance to take care of themselves, their families and their businesses for such an occurrence.

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 that either have occurred, or could likely occur in the Layton area. This can serve as a useful guide as citizens develop individual, family and business preparedness plans. There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. For more information, visit

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. At the present time, there are four (4) established systems to give broad scale warnings to citizens. They are:

  1. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) – KSL is the Local Primary broadcast station for the Wasatch Front.
  2. Layton’s Emergency Notification System (Geocast Web). Requires registration. To learn more, go to:
  3. Davis County Sheriff’s Alert and Notification System
  4. Calling tree through the Neighborhood Network (Districts – Areas – Blocks). Learn more at

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. Try to assemble your kit well in advance 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. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster. 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 supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Additional information is available at and

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. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, like water, gas, electricity, and telephones were interrupted? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but cannot reach everyone right away. Families can cope with a major disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Preparing in advance and knowing what to do when an emergency strikes is each family’s best protection and each family’s responsibility. Additional information is available at and

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 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 see . Additional information is available at

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