Emergency Preparedness Program
Central Utah Public Health Department is constantly working to improve plans to address bioterrorism, communicable disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies. We work closely with Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) to improve and update emergency response plans in each county.
We also collaborate with hospitals, medical providers, emergency medical services, fire departments, local emergency planning committees, law enforcement agencies, mental health, local politicians, schools, and other involved entities.
Yearly, we provide and obtain training for the health department staff and staff members of local support agencies. We plan several types of practice operations including table-top exercises and mock disaster drills with public health components.
Prepare Your Kit
Prepare Your Kit
Possible Containers Include:
- Review the checklist below.
- Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is confined at home.
- Place the supplies you’d most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.
- There are six basics you should stock for your home: Water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items.
- A large, covered trash container
- A camping backpack
- A Duffel bag
- Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
- Store one gallon of water per person per day.
- Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts of drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).
- Don’t forget water for your pets.
- Treat all water if unsure of its purity before using it for drinking, food preparation or hygiene. Before treating, let any suspected particles settle to the bottom or strain through layers of paper towels or cloth. Water can be safely treated by:
- Boiling for 10-12 minutes; or
- Adding 6-10 drops of bleach per gallon of water (don’t use color-safe bleach). More bleach is not better, too much can make you ill.
First Aid Kit
- Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of these following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
- Ready -to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
- Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
- Staples – sugar, salt, pepper
- High energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
- Food for infants/elder persons or persons on special diets
- Comfort/stress foods – cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, instant coffee
- Disposable utensils, utility knife, can opener
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit should include:
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Hypo-allergenic adhesive tape
- 40-inch triangular bandages (3-rolls)
- 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3-rolls)
- 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3-rolls)
- Scissors and tweezers
- Epi pen (if allergic to be stings)
- Sewing needles
- Moistened towelette/wet wipes
- Antiseptic soap
- Antiseptic solution – iodine compounds
- Tongue depressors (2)
- Tube of petroleum jelly (Vasaline or lubricant)
- Safety pins in assorted sizes
- Cleaning agent/soap
- Latex gloves (2 pairs)
- Insect repellent
- Caladryl or generic equivalent
- First aid manual
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Heavy string
- Prescription medications
Tools and Supplies
- Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
- Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
- Emergancy preparedness manual
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Cash or traveler’s checks, change
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife
- Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
- Tube tent
- Tape/Duct tape
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic storage containers
- Signal flare
- Paper, pencil
- Needles, Thread
- Medicine dropper
- Shurt-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
- Plastic sheeting
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Clothing and Bedding
- Toilet paper,towelettes
- Soap, liquid detergent
- Feminine supplies
- Personal hygiene items
- Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
- Plastic bucket with tight lid
- Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach
- Include at least on complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
- Sturdy shoes or work boots
- Rain gear
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Hat and gloves and thermal underwear
- Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
- Bottles & Powdered milk
- Heart and high blood pressure medication
- Perscription drugs
- Denture needs
- Contact lenses and supplies
- Extra eye glasses
- Medications for heartworm, flea prevention, ect.
Important Family Documents
- Medical and registration records
- Sturdy leases, harnesses
- Carriers big enough to stand and turn in
- Pet beds, toys
- Litter and litter pan
- Current photos of pets
- Food and drinkable water for three days and feeding schedule information
- Bowls, can opener
- Medical conditions, behavior problems
- Veterinarian’s name, address and telephone number
- Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
- Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
- Passports, social security cards, immunization records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card account numbers and companies
- Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
- Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
- Recent family photos for identification
- Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.
- Keep items in airtight plastic bags.
- Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.
- Replace your stored food every six months.
- Re-think your kid and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, ect.
- Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription mediations.
Central Utah Medical Reserve Corps (CUMRC)
Regional Healthcare Response Prepardness