Summit County Family Emergency Preparedness Guide
Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. They can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
Families can – and do – cope with disasters by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness program is responsible for the planning and program development for the Summit County Health Department to protect the public health of Summit County’s residents and visitors from the effects of man-made and naturally-occurring events. The Health Department works closely with other agencies at the local, state and federal levels. The goals of the program are to upgrade preparedness for and response to bioterrorism, other outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies.
Click on the links below for resources to help you plan for your family, your business or organization and for further information on the Emergency Preparedness Program.
Being ready for a disaster or other public health emergency can be difficult. It cannot be predicted when or where one of these events may occur; however, certain steps can be taken to be better prepared. 1) Assembling a disaster supply kit, 2) developing a personal and/or family disaster plan, and 3) staying informed of potential disasters are the key steps in preparing for emergency situations. During emergency situations, staying calm and using common sense are always the best defense.
Be Ready Utah’s ‘Ready Your Family’ focuses on preparing individuals and families for potential emergencies and disasters. Ready Your Family also provides you with information about the natural hazards we have in Utah so you can be informed about the potential risks and dangers involved with each one.
This program is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
It is important to know about the different flu viruses currently in circulation, their risks, and what you can do to protect yourself and the people you care for. This site provides information on everyday steps you and your loved ones can take to help protect yourselves against infection from flu viruses, and there are steps you should take if you become infected.
Community & Business Preparedness
Businesses and local organizations are all vital parts of a community. When disasters strike, it is often these groups that are an important resource to help support those in need. It is also vital that these organizations recover quickly to enable the community to function after a disaster.
In order for businesses and organizations to respond to their needs and support the community in a safe and effective way, it is important to plan, prepare, and practice before a disaster occurs.
Be Ready Utah’s ‘Ready Your Business’ focuses on preparing businesses for potential emergencies and disasters. This preparation includes a 12 step program for basic business continuity planning. Ready Your Business also provides you with information about the natural hazards we have in Utah so you can be informed about the potential risks and dangers involved with each one.
This program is designed to educate and empower businesses to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
Pandemic planning requires that people and entities not accustomed to responding to health crises understand the actions and priorities required to prepare for and respond to these potential risks. This site provides guidance, checklists, and resources intended to help every sector of society participate in our national planning efforts.
Summit County Health Department planning and response and additional resources.
This page also includes fact sheets and information for Pandemic Influenza.