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Be Safe Wherever You Are

Post Date:04/29/2019 7:30 AM


Disaster strikes! You must make one of three decisions. Evacuate on foot, evacuate by vehicle, or shelter-in-place (SIP). It does not matter what the disaster is, you still must make one of these three choices.

Disasters great and small happen daily throughout the world. Some affect very few people, while others have potential to be catastrophic. So how does an individual or family prepare to SIP, drive, or walk away?

Tami Girsberger at Prepare My Life, said that while preparing for every situation can be overwhelming, to relieve some of that stress, you should focus on preparing yourself for the previously mentioned three scenarios by concentrating on: 




10 essential areas for preparedness

  • Water and a water purification system
  • Food and a way to cook
  • Shelter and warmth
  • Light
  • Sanitation
  • First Aid
  • Fire
  • Communication/Navigation
  • Tools
  • Stress/Comfort

It is important to prepare these 10 essentials areas for each scenario. For example, you have stored water for the three scenarios. You have 55-gallon barrels, five-gallon containers, and cases of water bottles. You also have a couple of water purification systems (WPS).

If you can SIP, it is the best case scenario, because you and your family will be able to take advantage of all the preparations you have made, in this case, all of your water and WPSs.

If you must go in a vehicle, you will have to leave the 55-gallon barrels of water, unless you can lift 450 lbs. into your truck. It would be much easier to pack up your five-gallon containers, cases of water, and small WPSs.

Evacuating on foot will be the most challenging, as you will have to determine what you can carry. In this case, your Go Bags and whatever water you can carry. Water bottles are most convenient because they can fit all over your Go Bag, in pockets, or even in your hands. Oh, and do not forget a WPS (like a Katadyn pump, a LifeStraw, Seychelle filtration bottle, etc.), all of which are small and portable.

This is just one example of the 10 essentials area, and possibly the most important. With your family, plan about how you can break down these 10 essential areas, for each of these scenarios. If you would like a printed copy of Girsberger’s three scenarios/10 essentials matrix, go to her website at

So, whether you SIP, drive away, or walk away, it doesn’t matter, because, with proper preparation, you will have the ability to make “wherever” you are, a safer place.

If you have questions for the Emergency Management Division, please contact Jeffory Mulcahy, Sandy City Emergency Manager at 801-568-7279 or Additional information is available at