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How to Prepare for Emergencies and Help Make Sandy Safer

Post Date:01/21/2019 5:00 PM

EmergencyPreparedness 

Being named one of the “100 Best Places to Live in the United States” is an honor.

With a quick Google search, it is easy to find that Sandy City has been included in that list at least three times in the past 10 years. We were featured in 2008 (number 83 by CNN Money), in 2017 (number 14 by Time’s Money Magazine), and again in 2018 (number 35 in Time’s Money Magazine), and there were possibly more selections.

There are several factors that contribute to a city’s selection, including economic growth, school system, crime rate, median income, commute times, etc.

One would think that being a top-100 city would make it a safer place to live, work, and play. But can we make it even safer still? And in the event of a disaster, will that criteria really matter anyway?

Those living, working, and playing in Sandy need to take it upon themselves to be ready for disaster, great or small. The past few months we have seen many hurricanes and wildfires on the news, with stories and images of destroyed infrastructure and human suffering on both the east and west coasts.

The better prepared we are as individuals, the more quickly we can recover individually, as families, and as a city. To shelter-in-place, store water, food, clothing (that fits), medications/glasses, flashlight with batteries, a can opener, a radio with batteries or hand-crank, hygiene items, and a first aid kit. Store enough to get you and your family through three-five days.

Make your home a safer place by being ready for a disaster. And who knows? One day, maybe the self-reliance of residents and businesses will not only lead to an even safer community, but a repeat selection for one of the 2019 “Best Places to Live”.

If you have questions regarding preparedness, feel free to contact Jeffory Mulcahy, Sandy City Emergency Manager, (801) 568-7279 or jmulcahy@sandy.utah.gov, or go to:
sandy.utah.gov/departments/emergency-management

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