SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - This year Utahns have seen their fair share of wild fires force people out of their homes and mudslides wipe out basements.
To make sure Utahns are better prepared for this kind of devastation, the Red Cross is helping families make a readiness plan.
“A disaster strikes, you grab your emergency kit, now what?” said Theresa Zundel, a Red Cross organizer. “Do you have two evacuation routes mapped out of your neighborhood? Do you have two evacuation plans mapped out of your house?”
Zundel said along with an evacuation plan pick a meeting point. Also have a plan for members who are disabled. The most important step a family can take she said is to make sure at least one family member knows CPR.
“Think about it. If a 7.0 or greater earthquake strikes the Wasatch front, estimates are that 50,000 people will be in need of public shelter,” she said. “First responders won’t be able to make it to neighborhoods quickly.”
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