Experts say the time to prepare for a disaster is not when a disaster reaches your doorstep. What’s going on in Colorado is hitting closer to home and now you can get your house in order.
A river flowing down what used to be a neighborhood causing a Colorado emergency could very well be Utah.
“We have floods, fires, severe winter storms, and we have the potential for a huge earthquake along the Wasatch Front,” said Be Ready Utah Spokesperson Joe Dougherty.
Now is the time to prepare. Be Ready Utah wants you to get a “go pack” together.
“Food and water, light source, and heat source, and any special medications you might require,” said Dougherty.
People in Colorado didn’t have much time to grab anything and get out the door. Those who didn’t are waiting for search and rescue teams like Utah Task Force One. It’s made up of firefighters, K-9 units, and other specialists from Utah heading into an unknown situation.
“Normally when they go to a situation, a 9/11, a Katrina, the damage has already been done and they're trying to mitigate the damage. In this case, the damage is on going and the situation is fluid so that makes it a little more tricky for our responders,” said Unified Fire Authority PIO Cpt. Clint Mecham.
But there’s a big way to not put yourself in this kind of rescue situation. Don’t be in harm’s way at all, by heeding evacuation warning.
“If you wait and hang out it makes it more dangerous for yourself and the first responders who are trying to mitigate the problems,” said Mecham.
Have a bag at home and one in your car. Where’s the ATM or the nearest grocery store? You won’t find money, gas, or food in the middle of a disaster.
Utah Task Force One is on the ground in the Lyons area. Their goal is to help search the 150 or so homes other crews haven’t gotten to yet. And to help locate the thousands of people still unaccounted for. They’re expected to be in Colorado for at least three day, up to two weeks.