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EMT Utah Helps You Prepare for a Natural Disaster Because it is not IF, but WHEN!

April 8, 2014 Salt Lake City: Earthquakes can be scary. Growing up in California, sitting on top of the famous San Andreas Fault, earthquake drills were a constant. As a kid I remember crouching under my desk, my hands laced behind my neck imagining the school shaking apart and what might happen to my dog Synbad, at home. When a 6.4 quake hit the San Fernando Valley in February 9th, 1971 we watched as a huge chandelier hanging over our dining room table crashed on top of it impaling the tablecloth in the floor. Of course we were all safely ensconced under door jambs scared to death, but afterwards we were knocked breathless by the power and fierceness of the earth and Mother Nature.

On March 30th, 2014 a quake hit Yellowstone leading to speculation that we might be close to the predicted Super Volcano event. Predictions that this super volcano eruption would put Salt Lake City squarely in the ‘kill zone’ was sobering. We live perilously close to danger. And the recent 8.2 earthquake that shook northern Chile and surrounding countries on April 1st was no April Fool’s joke. We do not live far either from the Pacific Rim and the so-called Ring of Fire, two plates underneath the earth’s surface that occasionally bump up against other plates. The Ring of Fire affects South American, the California coast, Alaska, the Philippines, and basically any place around the Pacific Rim. A 9.0 quake that hit Japan and caused the Fukushima meltdown in 2011 was on the Pacific’s Ring of Fire.

An estimated 17 million people felt the 5.1 earthquake in California and I learned about it in real time when Facebook postings started popping up; “Wow, what was that?” – “A real jolt” – “Earthquake hits” – all of these recent quakes has led to all kinds of speculation about what will happen next. And it should. We are at the mercy of Mother Nature and being prepared for such events decreases the loss of life and property damage. There are many ways to prepare for a quake. One of them is to download a helpful app – the American Red Cross has an earthquake app — with helpful information. Receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.

From your mobile phone, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) and we will send you a link to download the quake alert app to your iPhone or Android device or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Finally, of great relief is the low number of deaths that resulted from the devastating earthquake in Chile. The question is why? And the answer is Chile has stringent building codes that make safer buildings and the people of Chile are prepared for an emergency. If you and your family wants to be prepared consider an EMT class, a AED and CPR class and a Wilderness First Aid class if you are one of the many millions of avid outdoorsmen that live here. Call us at 801.449.0749 for more information.

EMT Utah Volunteer Corps to Provide Salt Lake City Marathon with Standby First Aid Stations and 25 EMT Volunteers!

March 2014 Salt Lake City: The Salt Lake City Marathon will be held on April 19th this year. The run begins at the Legacy Bridge on the campus of the University of Utah and ends at Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake. Along the route will be several well stocked Standby First Aid Stations manned by qualified EMT’s trained by EMT Utah, all members of the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps. Utah weather can be unpredictable and public events with thousands of people can lead to injuries, sometimes injuries that are serious. EMT Utah and the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps can provide a first aid station just about anywhere, for just about any public event. The well-equipped stations provide shelter from the environment and are staffed to meet the needs of the event participants. The stations also provide medical attention from certified EMS personnel onsite before, during and after event hours.

EMT Utah and the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps offer EMT standby coverage at all events and gatherings and they have the equipment for any BLS emergency including defibrillators. EMT Utah Volunteer Corps is the logistical answer to have that added piece of mind knowing that there will be an immediate response to emergencies or first-aid covered at your event.

Last year 1,069 runners participated in the full marathon and 2,219 runners and bikers participated in the half-marathon. That is a lot of people. Then add all the spectators and family members, the looky-loos driving by, and the thousands of people who will be redirected on Utah roads due to the marathon, and you can see why it is important to have well-trained EMS professionals along the way who can attend to most every medical emergency from a heart attack to a scraped knee.

How can any of us forget the tragedy at the Boston Marathon in April 2013 when a bomb blast killed three people including an 8-year old child and injured more than 200 innocent people; some of whom lost limbs and whose lives were changed forever?The world watched in shock as First Responders and EMS personnel raced to save lives as they attended to hundreds of wounded. Their actions saved lives and made a difference. Of course, no one expects any bombing or tragedy at the Salt Lake City Marathon, but being prepared is essential.

We never expect to be injured during our typical day-to-day routines either, yet millions are injured every day suffering from falls, heart attacks, burns, gunshot wounds, accidental poisonings etc. And we all know hundreds of people can be injured in a natural disaster like the mudslide in Darrington Washington that has killed at least 16 people so far, with more than 90 people still missing. This is why emergency medical training, even for people who do not want to work in the profession, is important. If you don’t want to learn to be a trained EMT (though any able-bodied adult is able to and we recommend it), we encourage you to at least learn some basic first aid, and how to use an AED and to perform CPR! Injuries happen and knowing what to do, can make the difference between life and death … and every life counts.

We’ll see you at the races! Be careful. Be safe!

EMT Utah and the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps