ARES - Amateur Radio
If you are an amateur radio operator, sometimes referred to as a "Ham Radio" operator, we hope you will consider joining the local ARES group. ARES stands for Amateur Radio Emergency Service. The local Assistant Emergency Coordinator, or AEC, for the West Jordan area is Richard Smith, call sign AD7LP. Richard can be reached at AD7LP@q.com. For additional information or to sign up you can go to the Salt Lake County Amateur Radio Emergency Service website at www.slcoares.net. This group is designated by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) as the ARES group for Salt Lake County.
The West Jordan Fire Department is now offering CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. The course includes training in fire extinguisher use, light search and rescue, basic first aid, and disaster psychology. The course is typically taught over two weekends with two Friday evening sessions and two Saturday full day sessions for a total of 24 hours of class time. However, for the spring 2013 course, students will study the course content online and then meet only one Friday evening and one Saturday for the hands-on training and the completion of the course.
Students are selected on a first-come first-served basis from our list of "Interested Students." Those on the "Interested Sudent List" will be sent an email with class scheduling and fee information as it becomes available. You can be added to the list by sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Register for 911 Callback
In the event of an emergency, the City's dispatch center, Valley Emergency Communications Center, uses a callback system to notify people in an impacted area. Whether it's an evacuation notice, a missing child alert or other emergency notification, the system calls phone numbers linked to addresses in the affected area. The system automatically calls those who have traditional phone service through Qwest. But those who get their phone service from Comcast, cell phone users or Voice Over Internet Protocol carriers need to register with VECC. There is no fee to sign up and you can register as many phone numbers as you need to. Click here to register for this important safety service.
Utah Seismic Safety Commission
Publication - "Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country"
- Store an adequate water and food supply for your family.
- Organize a 72-hour portable emergency kit for each family member.
- Bolt down or provide support for water heaters, furniture, and other appliances.
- Have a battery-powered radio on hand with extra batteries.
- Consider earthquake insurance.
- Most importantly – STAY CALM.
- If you’re indoors, stay inside and find protection in a doorway or crouch under a desk or table. Keep away from windows or glass dividers. Avoid masonry walls or chimneys.
- Outside stay away from buildings, trees, telephone and electrical lines.
- While driving keep away from underpasses/overpasses. Stop in a safe area and stay in the vehicle.
- Check for injuries. First check yourself and your family, then your neighbors. Provide first aid as needed.
- Check the home’s utilities – gas, water, sewer. Look for downed electrical lines and turn off interrupted utilities as necessary. Check for building damage and potential safety problems, such as cracks around the chimney or foundation. Check for fires.
- ALWAYS remember there could be aftershocks.
- Wear sturdy shoes at all times
- Don’t turn light switches off and on. Sparks created by the switch contacts can ignite gas fumes.
- Do not use matches or open flames in the home unless you are sure there are no gas leaks.
- Use telephones only for emergencies.
- Notify your family of your condition as soon as possible.
- Tune to an emergency radio or television station and listen for instructions from local authorities.
- In public buildings, follow evacuation procedures immediately and return only after the building has been declared safe by the appropriate authorities.
Swine Flu (H1N1) Virus
Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency questions concerning the swine flu.
The following websites provide more information on the swine flu: