SALT LAKE CITY -- If disaster strikes, are you ready?
If not, there are numerous ways to find out how to survive an earthquake, flood, fire, power outages and more, and many of them can be found with one click on your phone or computer.
Be Ready Utah is posting messages each day throughout September on both Twitter and Facebook. At 11:55 a.m., use the hashtag #NatlPrep to find out more.
September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide effort sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Americans get ready for disaster. Because Utah sees its share of floods in the spring, fires in the summer and ice storms in the winter, not to mention the ever-looming earthquake threat, Utahns who prepare for emergencies now can be the heroes at home, in their neighborhoods, at work, church or in public, especially if first responders can't reach them.
When it comes to finding preparedness tips on your smartphone, there are several apps you can access. The FEMA app has information for disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster and a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.
The American Red Cross has an earthquake, wildfire, first aid and shelter app.
Preparis is a subscription-based app offering training tools to protect employees from terrorism, natural disaster, pandemic and workplace violence.
Pocket First Aid & CPR, offered through the American Heart Association, provides CPR and first-aid instructions with high-resolution illustrations.
The Know Your Plan app contains checklists for severe winter weather, evacuations, earthquakes and wildfires.
Disaster Alert features an interactive map of active hazards happening around the globe in real time.
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) provides information on biological, chemical and radiological threats.
Also on Twitter, you can find:
@Utah Emergency -- Emergency alerts and tweets from the PIO.
@BeReadyUtah -- Preparedness, 140 characters at a time.
@UT_MIT -- Lessening the impacts of natural disasters.
@UtahShakeOut -- Promoting Utah's largest earthquake drill ever.
@UtCitizenCorps -- Public safety volunteer opportunities abound.
@UtahCERT -- Neighbors helping neighbors in disaster.
Facebook users can go to:
* Utah Division of Emergency Management.
* Be Ready Utah.
* Great Utah ShakeOut.
* Utah CERT.
* Utah Citizen Corps.
"You never know when or where disaster will strike," said Kris Hamlet, director of the Utah Division of Emergency Management. "But that doesn't mean Utahns are powerless. Though we have resilient individuals and community, we are more resilient when we are prepared."