You Are Needed for CH Shakeout 2018

You Are Needed for CH Shakeout 2018
Posted on 03/30/2018

A big part of the annual Cottonwood Heights Shakeout drill on April 14 will include citizen participation by using ribbons that indicate medical status of each home. We encourage residents to place these emergency triage ribbons on their door handle or railing by 9 a.m., giving our block captains two hours to record resident participation. After the event, we ask that you keep your ribbons for use in an actual disaster. If you do not have the ribbons, contact Mike Halligan at for information.

This year we are taking a count of active participants only, if there is no ribbon at an address the residence won't be counted as participating. Our goal is to see a 20 percent participation rate. We will need each resident to remind neighbors to place ribbons out. Please help us reach our goal.

In addition to the survey of homes and ribbons, Cottonwood Heights will again partner with the Red Cross to set up a shelter at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. We are asking residents to stop by and ‘volunteer' by checking into the shelter. The Red Cross is using the event to train new volunteers on shelter check-in procedures, and they have asked us to provide residents to "check in." 

Natural and manmade disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States every year. While some incidents are small and recovery is swift, other events have long-lasting effects, both to people and property and the community. That’s why city staff and volunteers participate in drills like the Shakeout event.

If a disaster occurs in our Cottonwood Heights community, local, county, state and federal government agencies and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

You should know how to respond to earthquakes, floods, wildfire, severe weather or any kind of disaster that could occur in our community. You can also help emergency personnel during a disaster by participating in organized disaster volunteer efforts.

shakeoutPlease stop by the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center on Saturday and learn about other steps you can take to be prepared during our annual Shakeout. We will have information on how to prepare your home, family, pets, and your neighborhood to minimize the impacts of a disaster.

Make a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. Get involved.