RESOLVE TO BE READY FOR DISASTER IN 2016
Many people want to lose weight in the new year. Use the new year to start making disaster plans. Here is a month-by-month idea calendar that will take you through June.
- •January: Review your current emergency plans and kitsUpdate any supplies that are expired or just don't make sense.
- •February: Take a first-aid or CPR class from @AmericanRedCrossThis will help you to be ready to respond when emergencies happen right in front of you.
- •March: Make plans to join the Great Utah ShakeOutThis state wide emergency drill takes place on April 21, 2016. You can sign up and learn more at http://shakeout.org/Utah Our goal is to get 1 million people to participate. Last year, we had 965,000.
- •April: Actually participate in the ShakeOut on April 21Practice the earthquake actions of drop, cover and hold on and share your experience on social media. Afterwards, conduct a home hazard hunt: Look around your home to find out what items might fall off of shelves or come loose and figure out a way to secure them.
- •May: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)Chances are, you live near or in a community that conducts CERT training on a regular basis. Contact your fire department to ask where and when this training occurs. Once you take the training, you'll be more prepared to help your neighbors in an emergency.
- •June: Food and water storageIf you don't have a disaster food and water supply, start small. Just add a couple of 1 gallon water bottles to your grocery list each time you go to the store. You can also pick up a few extra cans of food each time you shop. Start with the goal of having two weeks worth of food and water for each member of your family.
- •We'll come back later in the month with ideas for the rest of the year.You can get ahead by visiting our website: http://bereadyutah.gov