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CERT/Emergency Prep


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     Cottonwood Heights is dedicated to the safety of its residents.  We encourage everyone to prepare for possible emergency situations in our city.  This newsletter prepared by Assistant Emergency Manager Dawn Black has valuable information that can help you understand and prepare for threats that are specific to our area.

REVERSE 911   

     To register your cell phone for reverse 911 notifications from the Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC), click HERE.

EMERGENCY ALERTS VIA TWITTER
     To receive Cottonwood Heights Twitter notifications (road closures, calls for volunteers, etc.), follow @CHCity on Twitter or text "Follow @CHCity" to 40404 to receive alerts directly to your phone.

CERT

     The CERT training class schedule is posted by Unified Fire Authority on their web site at www.unifiedfire.org (click "Register for Classes").  For questions on CERT classes, call UFA at 801-743-7150 or e-mail them at communityassistance@ufa-slco.org.  Registration for CERT classes is done entirely online through the UFA website.  Classes are open to anyone, regardless of where they live.  
 
     There is a $30 fee for CERT classes.  This fee pays for a course manual and handouts, a kit of first aid items, a hard hat, high-visibility safety vest, and particulate masks.  Those who attend are required to bring their own leather gloves and safety goggles or glasses, and it is recommended they wear sturdy work boots for practical exercises.  

 

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Emergency Prep. Messages

Neighborhood Watch and Emergency Preparedness go hand in hand

 

By Dan Feist - Precinct 42 Coordinator

Earlier this year, I was asked to be the Coordinator of Precinct 42 Emergency Preparedness in the Brighton District.  I had been involved in the program five years ago.  We have had block captains in place since then.  We were able to obtain a C.E.R.T. trailer and stock it with essentials.  We located it in the center of the neighborhood thanks to a willing homeowner; and it resides there today.

 

When asked to participate again this year, I wanted to bring new energy and excitement to the program.  In discussing this with my good friend, Jim Jones, who volunteers with the Cottonwood Heights Police Dept. in the Neighborhood Watch program, I decided to develop our own N.W. program and incorporate it into our existing Emer. Prep. Program.  I found there was a high level of interest from the homeowners.  We have had a few incidents in the neighborhood this year and people wanted to know what they could do to make the area safer.

We passed out flyers via the block captains announcing a Neighborhood Breakfast on May 31st. from 8:30 to 10:30 am in a familiar cul-de-sac.  I coordinated the event with Sheila Jennings of the Police Dept.  Sheila was also instrumental in getting N.W. signs placed on all our entry streets.

For the event, we invited the police and fire depts. to participate and they manned their respective instructional booths.  Much information was shared with the community on N.W. and Emer. Prep.  The Emergency Essentials company was present and demonstrated various types of water filters and how to use them.

Getting involved again in the neighborhood, I quickly discovered how valuable our Police Dept is as a resource.  They want to assist us in keeping our neighborhoods safe.  

We need to take the initiative and get organized.  The City of Cottonwood Heights has the resources to help us in so many ways.  If this interests you, I would suggest you give Sheila Jennings a call @ 801-944-7032 and get started.