Payson Preparing For Disaster


Payson leaders are preparing for disaster, and they want to make sure residents are ready, too.

As part of the town's emergency preparedness plan, officials have come up with a way to make sure all residents are looked after in case of an emergency, Fire Chief John Ross said.

"We came up with a form and are looking for folks who want to get on the roster," Ross said.

"The roster will be confidential, and in the event of a heavy snow or rain, we can make sure that people with special needs can be looked in on."

Respondents are asked to list any special requirements they have, such as medical oxygen or insulin. Then, in the event of an emergency, the town will arrange for volunteers to check in on those residents.

The town also is asking for emergency volunteers, the chief said.

"If people want to volunteer their time during emergencies --to check in on people or to pick up supplies -- or if they have other resources available such as four-wheel-drive vehicles, they can help us in addressing the needs of the citizens," Ross said.

To register as a volunteer or to get your name on the roster, contact the Payson Fire Department at 474-3369.

How to prepare

Disasters happen, anytime and anywhere. When it strikes, you may not have much time to respond. A highway spill or hazardous material could mean evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake, flood, tornado, or any other disaster could cut water, electricity, or telephone service for days.

The American Red Cross suggests the following tips to prepare for any disaster.

•There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first-aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.

•Store one gallon of water per person, per day. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

• Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno.

•Assemble a first-aid kit for your home and one for each car.

  • Keep non-prescription drugs on hand that you might normally use. Check what prescriptions you might need.

•Have a battery-operated radio and extra batteries.

•Make sure you have flashlights with fresh batteries.

•Check your fire extinguisher for proper use.

•Stock sanitation supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items.

•Have a change of clothing and footwear for each person.

•Stock plenty of blankets and/or sleeping bags.

•Remember any special needs family members might have, such as baby formula, diapers, etc.

For more emergency preparedness tips, check out the American Red Cross's Web site at

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