Provo City Encouraging Emergency Preparedness

Provo City Encouraging Emergency Preparedness

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Sam Penrod ReportingA loud siren that rang throughout Provo today had many residents wondering what was going on.

There was no reason to be alarmed. The siren was just getting its annual test, reminding residents to plan for an emergency or disaster.

Provo City is launching an emergency prepardness campaign, trying to get residents to develop a plan in the event of some emergency, and today used the city's siren as a reminder.

The siren was sounded today promptly at noon and it easily passed its annual test. The siren is part of Provo's emergency plan and would be sounded if there was some type of major emergency, such as a wild fire or dam break that would require some residents to evacuate.

Provo officials say residents should turn to TV or radio stations for information in the siren is sounded. And prepare now in case disaster ever hits.

Lewis Billings, Mayor of Provo: "We're not trying to cause alarm. We're not forecasting some catastrophic event. We just want people to beware. And there are several simple things you can do that if there is an event that impacts them or their home, it will make it so much easier on their families."

Provo City is also encouraging its residents to develop a family plan on where they would go in an emergency and an alternate meeting place if they can't return home.

Tonight at seven, on the city's cable channel, a prepardness video will broadcast. Afterwards residents are encouraged to fill out a prepardeness worksheet mailed out last month in Provo's utility bills.

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