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Be ready, an emergency might come up

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall will launch a campaign to encourage Parkites to prepare themselves for an emergency, part of the local government’s stepped-up efforts to make the community safer and more aware of emergency preparations.

In a report to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council, Hugh Daniels, who manages City Hall’s emergency programs, calls the campaign ‘Be Ready Park City.’ According to the report, Daniels intends to partner with City Hall’s Public Affairs Department in organizing the program, which will also include what is called a ‘Preparedness Fair.’

The report does not provide details about the program, but Daniels has been assigned numerous tasks since his mid-2007 hiring, and he has said working with regular Parkites will be important.

The report indicates that the program is part of a group of measures Daniels will work on.

Other measures listed in the report include:

Putting emergency supplies and equipment in municipal buildings

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Training City Hall staffers to use fire extinguishers and explaining evacuation procedures to them

Working on communication options like a reverse 911 system, a community hotline, a texting system and using City Hall’s Web site, which is undergoing a redesign.

Meanwhile, Daniels says in the report City Hall staffers and elected officials have finished 399 required training courses, the city’s emergency-operations center is operational, with its first use coming during an outbreak of swine flu in the spring, and City Hall has "begun to stockpile" supplies and equipment to use during an emergency.

With Daniels as the manager of the emergency programs, City Hall has more aggressively prepared for a range of emergencies, with the swine flu outbreak being the most notable during his tenure.

City Hall’s emergency plan dates to 1985, and officials reworked it as the 2002 Winter Olympics approached. There was little work on the plan, though, between the end of the Games and the tapping of Daniels in 2007.

Daniels is a former City Councilman who worked as a paramedic in Southern California before moving to Park City in the early 1980s.