What is the Drill Down for Safety?
The drill is a chance for Orem City to practice its ability to communicate and respond to needs during a disaster. At 6:00 p.m., on September 14th, preassigned block captains will signal that the "disaster" has begun by blasting a car horn or an air horn. Orem citizens will start checking in with their block captains as quickly as they can. The block captains will then report on the status of their neighborhoods to City Officials and emergency personnel. The goal is to account for everyone in Orem, in the shortest amount of time possible.
Is My Neighborhood Participating?
Below are the Neighborhoods of Orem. If the Neighborhood is italicized, then they have opted to participate in the 2017 drill:
What Can I Do if My Neighborhood is Not Participating, but I Want to Participate with My Family?
There will be a check-in for any citizen or group of citizens that does not have the communication chain through their neighborhoods. The check-in will be on the west side of the Public Safety Building (95 East Center Street) in the parking lot, beginning at 6:20 pm. Anyone who would like to check in can go there, where they will meet with volunteers who will count them. Please pass this information on to your lists of people if possible.
We could use a few more volunteers to help check people in. If you are interested and available, please email Heath Stevenson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How Can I Be More Prepared for a Disaster?
Individual and family preparedness is vitally important during a disaster. The following four activities will help you and your family get prepared for a disaster:
- Learn about the hazards that we face in Orem.
- Make a plan for reunification after a disaster.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit.
- Get involved in your community by volunteering for your favorite disaster response organization, taking a CERT class or helping your neighborhood by volunteering to be a Block Captain.