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Find Your Safe Place: Emergency Management

Post Date:03/21/2017 1:29 PM

Knowing the safe place in a disaster or emergency is a process that comes with practice. In the event of an incident, it is important to get the best information you can to make an informed decision, whether it is from television, radio, social media, or other means. Depending on the information, you may need to shelter-in-place or evacuate to a safer location.

Having strategically placed Go Bags (72 hr kits) at home, work/school and in your car, could mean the difference in comfortable recovery or struggling through a hardship.

Sheltering in place is the best scenario and often the best option if you are at home. Your home is where you will be most capable in caring for yourself and your family. Keep in mind that you may have to shelter-in-place at work, or the kids may have to at school. Having small kits in backpacks, and under your desk (because that is where you will be if an earthquake hits), will get you through hours, even days, and provide confidence for recovery.

If you must evacuate, have a list ready. Know what you need and your limitations (i.e., what you can carry). Obviously, if you can evacuate by car, you can carry more, meaning you will be more comfortable at your destination. If you have to walk, have a kit that you can carry without difficulty. Following your lists will help you focus on the essentials you will need (in either scenario).

In addition, have an evacuation plan. Know where you are going (include several possible locations), and remember, you won’t be the only one evacuating. Thousands of people and families will be going as well, and there may not be room in a hotel. Take your Go Bags just in case.

Whether you evacuate or shelter in place, having the right equipment, food, water, etc., will make wherever you are more comfortable and a much safer place.

If you have questions regarding emergency preparedness, contact the Sandy City Emergency Management Division, 801-568-7279 or jmulcahy@sandy.utah.gov.

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