S.A.F.E. (Schools Aid Families in Emergency). What do you do when that 7.0 earthquake hits the Wasatch fault? Emergency managers work tirelessly to plan and mitigate as much of the disaster as possible. Some of the estimates from computer programs include the following:
1. Much of the infrastructure and roads will be damaged or totally unusable.
2. Cell towers and most communication will be down for possibly several days.
3. Power and water are out.
4. Cars in parking structures are unavailable, 99% of gas pumps will not be able to be
used as they require power.
5. Traffic control; systems are out including mass transit.
6. 2300 are dead and 30,000 injured and need medical attention.
7. Search and rescue is overwhelmed.
8. 350,000 people are displaced from their homes and 60-90,000 will need shelter.
9. Close to 200,000 separated households unable to contact close relatives or family.
These are just a few of the issues that face emergency mangers and volunteer
disaster relief organizations as they try to assist the Salt Lake area population deal with such devastation. The S.A.F.E. neighborhood program was established to try and answer some of the issues for people following a major earthquake.
The objectives of this program include the following:
1. Establish reception centers nearby where people can go to get information and be a
part of the solution - your neighborhood elementary school.
2. Household reunification: households that are spread around the Wasatch Front need
to be united to execute family and neighborhood plans. Amateur Radio operators will
be on hand to communicate with those areas where families need to know about your
3. Provide for basic human needs such as supplies and shelter arrangements.
4. Local governments need a practical framework to organize transportation,
communication, and public information services.
5. Location for coordinating citizen responders in order to assure that task get done
The goal is help our population to prepare and be a part of the solution. This program provides education for the impacted areas with what needs to be done not only personal needs but that of your neighbors. The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministry is available to conduct emergency preparedness training and education for your church or neighborhood. If you would like to sign up to sponsor an emergency preparedness training please contact Mark Madison, Director Disaster Relief, Salt Lake Baptist Association, at 801-971-3488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.