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S.A.F.E. Neighborhood Program Prepares Residents for Disasters

The American Red Cross is known for its disaster relief & emergency management efforts.
“An estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people will be displaced in a 7.0 earthquake here in Salt Lake City,” said Mayor Ralph Becker.

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City, in partnership with the Salt Lake City School District and the American Red Cross Utah Region, will launch the Schools Aid Families in Emergencies (S.A.F.E.) Neighborhood Program to better prepare residents for a disaster. The program centers on training community members to open and operate American Red Cross-supported shelters at their local elementary schools following a major disaster.

The first two trainings will be held for Ensign community residents on April 17 at Ensign Elementary, 775 12th Avenue; and April 18 for Highland Park residents at Highland Park Elementary, 1738 East 2700 South. Both classes will run from 6–9 p.m. Subsequent trainings will be scheduled for other neighborhood school communities throughout the City.

“An estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people will be displaced in a 7.0 earthquake here in Salt Lake City,” said Mayor Ralph Becker. “We hope residents in each neighborhood school area will step forward to volunteer for training to help respond to their neighbors’ needs in times of disaster.”

In conjunction with the statewide Great Utah ShakeOut, a full-scale earthquake exercise on April 17, the S.A.F.E. Neighborhood Program trainings will prepare residents to open and operate Red Cross-supported shelters in their neighborhood schools as well as how to manage reunification, reception and evacuation efforts. Residents from local businesses, faith-based communities and the community at large are all encouraged to participate.

To register for training or to learn more, call the American Red Cross Utah Region at 801-323-7000 or Salt Lake City’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator John Flynt at 801-799-3604.

EVENT: S.A.F.E. Neighborhood Program Trainings

WHO: Salt Lake City Emergency Management

American Red Cross Utah Region

Salt Lake City School District

Ensign Elementary School

Highland Park Elementary School

WHEN/ WHERE: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ensign Elementary School Library

775 12th Avenue, Salt Lake City

6–9 p.m.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Highland Park Elementary School Library

1738 East 2700 South, Salt Lake City

6–9 p.m.