From the March 2017 Newsletter

Mayor’s Message:

Mapleton City Emergency Preparedness

In light of the bountiful snow pack that Utah received this winter, along with the wet weather we continue to experience, Mapleton City’s Emergency Preparedness team is aware of the common concern of potential flooding. In preparation for potential flooding, the city has on hand 3400 sand bags, as well as a CERT team that will be available to assist during any potential flooding crisis. In the event of flooding, the following tips are recommended by ready.gov  Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid walking or driving through flood waters; Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away; If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US; If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water; Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning. Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted. If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions. More information regarding flooding can be found at:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

Citizen Alert Program

If you have not already done so, please sign up for the Springville – Mapleton “Citizen Alert” Program. The program is used “to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.” The following link can be used to sign-up and login to the system:

https://member.everbridge.net/index/1772417038942978#/login

Mayor Brian Wall
(801) 489-5655 ext. 105
brianwall@mapleton.org