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Emergency Preparedness - Family Preparedness Handbook
Being prepared for a disaster and an emergency should be everyone’s concern. The Fruit Heights Citizen Corps Council has spent several hours compiling useful information to help assist residents become better prepared for an emergency. The result of their efforts and concerns for their neighbors can be found in the Family Preparedness Handbook. There are three sections that will help you Plan, Prepare, and Be Informed of an emergency or disaster.There is also new information for those who need to Update their Family Preparedness handbook.
Take the time to download, review and implement the recommendations found within this Family Preparedness Handbook. If proper preparations are made now, it might help alleviate stress during an emergency.
What is a Disaster?
According to the dictionary, a disaster is "any event that overwhelms existing resources to deal with the event." Disasters may be natural or caused by human actions, may occur in any season of the year and may cover a limited or a wide-ranging geographic area.
When a disaster occurs, it has a cascading effect because of its impact on the infrastructure: transportation, utilities, communications systems, fuel supplies, and water supplies – the services and delivery systems on which we depend. When one of these important elements in our support system breaks down, it has a domino effect, causing other elements to falter. When multiple elements break down, the effect can be crippling which likely leads to an emergency.
What is an Emergency?
Emergency is defined as, "a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action." It is also defined as "a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event."
Citizen Corps Council Members
- Emergency Manager & Co-Chair/Darren Frandsen
- Co-Chair/Jim Crismer
- District Coordinator/Carol Stuart
- Secretary/Eileen Moss
- District Coordinator Assistant/Jim Lamb
- District Coordinator Assistant/Fran Caughlan
- CERT Coordinator/
- Asst. CERT Coordinator/Jim Biorge
- Asst. CERT Coordinator B/Bob Fowler
- Asst. ARES Coordinator/Stari Taft
- ARES Coordinator/JR Westmoreland
- VOAD/Resource Coordinator/Peggy Reid
- Presbyterian Church Rep./Linda Crismer
- Education Coordinator/Fran Caughlan