Springville City Disaster Drill coming in August
The Springville Public Safety Department in partnership with CERT and hundreds of Block Captains and other emergency preparedness personnel is planning a city-wide drill that will test the city’s plan for handling emergencies.
So what do you do? It depends on who you are and how much you want to partici-pate. If you are a Neighborhood Block Captain you will be walking your block starting at 7:30 am and looking for red markers placed in certain locations by your Stake Emergency Preparedness Specialist. If you are CERT trained, or have medical skills, or you are a heavy equipment operator or building contractor you may want to report to the nearest Stake Center to volunteer to help with a simulated mass casualty exercise. Time to report is 8:30 am and the more the merrier. This part of the drill is planned to end by 11:00 am.
If you are none of the above you do nothing during this drill. However, if this were a real emergency, you would be expected to do the following.
1. Place a colored marker in a window facing the street indicating the condition of your family. RED indicates you need help immediately. Yellow means you need help, but not immediately, Green shows you are alright, and Black indicates there has been a death in your household. This information can be quickly gathered by your Block Captain as he/she walks past your home and then can be reported to the Ward (Zone) Emergency Center, which will be relayed by ham radio to the City Emergency Operations Center. City resources will be assigned according to the information passed up this chain. The use of LDS ward and stake boundaries to determine Zones and Sectors is for convenience only and does not imply only LDS members are to participate.
2. After checking your own status and if you are able, you should check your neighbors to the right, to the left and across the street and then report anything that needs attention to the Block Captain or the Ward (Zone) Emergency Center.
The information gained from this drill will be invaluable in making the city emergency plan work in the case of a
real disaster. We hope those who participate learn much and have a lot of fun, at the same time.