During 2010, the Hurricane City Police Department has been working with local religious leaders and community volunteers to create a Community Emergency Management program that will provide support and communication to each resident through a community calling tree. The goal is to have neighbors check on neighbors in a time of crisis and establish a redundancy through various community groups so that no one that needs help will fall through the cracks.
This time of year is a time of setting goals. One goal that every resident in Hurricane could set would be to do something to become more prepared. A disaster can strike anytime and does not have to be widespread, so ask yourself “How prepared am I?” Many of us have food storage in our homes, but what would happen if you had to evacuate suddenly due to a fire or flood. Would you have your important numbers? These can be anything from bank accounts, Social Security, prescriptions or phone numbers? In the case of a widespread disaster, help from outside agencies will probably not become available for 3 to 7 days. What resources do you have to survive till then? If you have a 72-hour kit, when was the last time you updated it? Has food or medication in your kit expired? Are supplies in the kit still age appropriate for your family? What could be added to help ease the stress of an evacuation for younger family members?
Last year, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department released the Family Emergency Preparedness Guide. This booklet is filled with lots of basic common sense ideas to help you in developing your own family plan. This booklet is also being used as a guideline for the Community Program. If you do not have one of these booklets in your home, you may download it through the link on the Emergency Management page of the Hurricane City website.