I Am Sandy: Steve McKinnon
Sandy City Community 27 Emergency Preparedness Leader
Sandy City is divided into 30 communities, each having an Emergency Preparedness Leader(s) (EPLs), who volunteers his/her time to head emergency preparedness issues in their community in coordination with the Sandy City Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Steve has lived in Sandy for the past 25 years and has enjoyed his time here raising a family and has no plans on moving away. Steve spent 11 years as a journeyman glazer, but eventually retired from the Army National Guard after 31 years of service. He now serves as a Department of the Army civilian at the University of Utah Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Steve said, “I plan to retire at the end of this year after 37 plus years of service to this great country.”
He is also active in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response through his church. “I have had a great interest in emergency preparedness for several years. I have had various positions within my church in this work and presently serve as the Lone Peak Stake Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (since 2011). I presently work with six people who represent their ward neighborhoods, who work together as a team to serve and help others to be better prepared.”
Steve expressed, “My interest in this work is based on my sense of personal preparedness so that in the case of an emergency or disaster, I am self-sufficient, not relying on someone else to come to my rescue.” Once he retires, he plans to be more involved in training, which he said will help him gain more knowledge from agencies that provide important preparedness information that can help him help his community, as a whole.
Steve completed the Sandy City Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, as well as the American Red Cross Shelter Training. He is an amateur radio operator, KF7TEL, and attends regular monthly meetings for the Sandy City Citizen Corps and EPL training. He developed the Community 27 Emergency Operations Plan, which is based on the Rapid Disaster Assessment Plan, a plan used by many communities and organizations around the country. According to Steve, his military training has also given him a better perspective on service to the community.
Steve’s hobbies include golfing, fishing, camping, gardening, riding ATV’s with his wife, exploring the great outdoors, family time, and of course, emergency preparedness.