Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Natural disasters like the devastating Hurricane Harvey in Texas show us the importance of always being prepared for an emergency. Utah is earthquake country and Heber City would be greatly affected should a large earthquake occur in this area. I have worked with city and county employees and officials to create a plan for our valley in the event of a large earthquake or other natural disaster. I have also encouraged individual citizens to learn the skills necessary to care for themselves and their loved ones should we be faced with such a calamity. Over the last 3 years, I have been a strong proponent of the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT training program. I sincerely believe every capable citizen should attend the CERT training program to be prepared for natural disasters.  We had over 40 people complete that training last year. I have personally completed the course and have asked members of the city council to take the course as well. I am hopeful that they will take my advice and obtain the proper training to help them better understand how to deal with a natural disaster in the City. I feel one of the key roles of a mayor is to promote the safety of the citizens they serve.