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Resident Appreciation Carnival

posted Jul 24, 2015, 1:54 PM by Mac Sims

To say thank-you to our awesome residents for conserving water this summer, Lehi is bringing in a carnival and giving all Lehi households 10 free rides!* Look for your coupon in the July newsletter.

The carnival is set for Friday, July 24 2:00-10:00 and Saturday, July 25 12:00-10:00 in the Legacy Center parking lot.

The day will also include a boutique and food vendors, carnival games, and free performances by 5050 BMX.

Foam Day is Back!

posted Jul 20, 2014, 2:33 PM by Mac Sims   [ updated Jul 20, 2014, 2:41 PM ]

Good News!  Lehi Foam Day is back on this year, and our CERT team will be there to support the fun and activities.

- Thursday, July 24th, 2014 -

This is one of Lehi's pinnacle summer events, and our team's most important event of the year to serve our community, build awareness of the CERT program, and to show our appreciation for the incredible support the Lehi Fire Dept provides our team (thousands of dollars a year).

(See pictures from Foam Day 2011 in the Photo Gallery)

We have been asked to provide the same service we have provided in years past, a Lost and Found booth, a First Aid booth and safety monitors around the foam area.  To staff this event properly we will need between 10-20 team members as follows:

Setup - 4-6
Lost & Found - 4-8
First Aid - 1-2
Safety Monitors - 5-10
Cleanup - 4-6

We will have three shifts and you can work as many as you like.  We only need about 4-6 people for the first shift, but could use as many as are available for the Foam shift.

10am-12:30pm: Setup & Activities
12:30pm-3pm: Foam
3pm-4:30pm: Cleanup

Please sign-up to help if you can!

Sign-up here

or call Mac at 801-999-8622.

EMERGENCY MESSAGE FROM LEHI CITY

posted Jun 19, 2013, 2:26 PM by Mac Sims   [ updated Jun 19, 2013, 2:35 PM ]

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY MESSAGE FROM LEHI CITY.

Please pay careful attention.


As the result of the use of culinary water for lawn watering and other prohibited activities, the City is experiencing an unexpected emergency shortage of culinary water. Culinary water is in-home drinking water and spigots attached to houses. In accordance with the ordinance, we ask that all Lehi residents only use culinary water for approved activities, which do not include lawn watering, washing driveways, garden watering, etc. If culinary water continues to decrease at current rates, some neighborhoods in Lehi may see culinary water outages as soon as Friday, June 21, 2013. If all Lehi residents will restrict culinary water usages to approved activities, Lehi City expects culinary water to return to stable levels.

On a separate but related issue, on June 11, 2013, Lehi City Council passed extraordinary water conservation measures for secondary water, also known as pressurized irrigation. These conservation measures call for odd-numbered homes to use residential irrigation on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday only. Even-numbered homes may only use residential irrigation on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sundays are for spot watering only. All residential irrigation is prohibited between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

For questions or more information, please visit www.lehi-ut.gov, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call (801) 768-7100. Thank you.

Multi-City Mock Disaster & CERT Training

posted Sep 20, 2012, 7:22 AM by Mac Sims   [ updated Sep 21, 2012, 10:15 AM ]

Mock Disaster Flyer

It's almost time!

This Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10 am will be one of the biggest mock disaster drills we have seen with over one hundred participants.  This is a great opportunity for CERT members to come and strengthen their response skills in a challenging large scale simulated disaster.

This drill will be held at Mountainville Academy, which is located at 195 South Main in Alpine Utah.  See the map below.

If you would like to participate as a CERT member, please go to our training registration page here and fill out the registration.  For item 1, be sure to select "September 22, 2012 - CERT Multi-City Mock Disaster".

If you would like to participate as a victim please go to our victim sign-up form here to get signed up.  Volunteer victims are asked to arrive at 8 am for orientation, preparation and make-up.

There is no cost for this event, and lunch will be provided for all participants.  Please carpool as much as possible.

Mock Disaster Location


Cert Update for 6/14/12

posted Jun 14, 2012, 7:33 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 15, 2012, 5:03 PM ]

    June 30; we will be having the CERT Trailer in the Roundup Parade. For those of you who can support the team and walk with the trailer we would love to have you participate. We will be meeting at 9:15 AM that day at the front of the Parade Line by the trailer where the Fire Department apparatus will be located. PLEASE WEAR YOUR CERT T-SHIRT and HAT!
    Also, we still need those of you on our CERT Team who have not gotten a new ID Badge made to get it done ASAP. Please contact Fire Marshal Evans at the Fire Department Monday through Thursday 8am to 5pm to get this completed. The Fire Station # is 801-768-7130.

Multi-Agency Mock Disaster - Sept 2012

posted May 3, 2012, 8:37 AM by Mac Sims   [ updated May 15, 2012, 12:39 PM ]

Lehi Community Emergency Response Team would like to invite you to a planning meeting for a mock disaster that we would like to plan for September 2012.  The disaster will be held in Lehi City and all surrounding Community Emergency Response Team’s will be invited to participate.  The disaster will be centered on the response of multiple CERT teams coming together to use the training that we teach in our classes; incident command systems, light search and rescue, medical and START triage.  Our event will allow our programs to evaluate our team’s performance, allowing us to help grow our strengths and recognize our weaknesses.  The evaluation of this event will also allow for us to recognize the future leaders of our programs and provide better training in the future.  This event will also be an asset to our fire and police departments to understand how our programs work and how they can best utilize us in the future.      

It is my intention to involve the leadership of our local surrounding city CERT teams to participate in the planning of this event.  I would like to ask that each program put together a small group of two or three people that are part of their leadership to help in the planning process.  The selected individuals will work with other groups to organize and plan the date, and mock disaster.    There will be some cost involved with the use of the school property and some props we will be using.  It is also my intention to find partners that are willing to share the in the cost of this event.  All efforts will be put forth to keep this event as inexpensive as possible.  I believe with the right partners in the planning of this event, we will be able to make this an event that will be hard to forget.   I would like to get together and start planning for this event May 3rd @ 1800 hours at fire station 82 in Lehi (250 West 2600 North). If you are interested please contact me; jhammond@lehicert.org or call me at (801)-358-3841.

John Hammond
Paramedic/Firefighter
Lehi City Fire Department

Will it Flood?

posted Jun 14, 2011, 2:22 PM by Mac Sims   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 3:59 PM ]

The latest Utah flood potential briefing can be found here: http://goo.gl/bAiJm

While Lehi and Dry Creek are not specifically mentioned in this briefing, on slide 9 there is an info graphic that Brian talks about that does show most of the Dry Creek drainage area in the lower mid-right.  It is interesting to see the difference between last year's graphic, when it did flood, and this year's.

Water started spilling over the edge of the weir at the retention pond Saturday night, and has not dropped below the edge since then.  But we have not had any flooding issues, even with the additional flow.  That is the good news, the bad news is that now we have no buffer for spikes in flow, unless the level can drop back below the edge.

We are definitely better prepared this year, and the channels for Dry Creek are more capable than last year, but there is still much more snow to be melted. As Brian said, it is still all a function of temperature from now until the snow is melted.  The city is constantly monitoring the creek, and if there is a problem, we will get the call.

Important CERT Update

posted Jun 6, 2011, 8:18 PM by Mac Sims   [ updated Jun 6, 2011, 8:23 PM ]

CERT Team,

I hope you all are having a great start to your summer activities.

I apologize in advance for the lengthiness of this post but there are several items I want to bring to your attention, additional details follow this summary:
  • Flooding Risk Update - Let us know of your response availability
  • CERT Team Flooding Briefing - Wednesday, June 8, 6:00pm at Station 82
  • Incident Command System (ICS) Training - Wednesday, June 8, 7:00pm at Station 82
  • New Lehi Area Ham Radio Preparedness Net - Thursdays, 9:00pm on 145.55 MHz simplex
  • Lehi City Blood Drive - Thursday, June 9, 11am-3pm at the Legacy Center
  • CERT Leadership Meeting - Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm at Station 82
  • Next CERT Basic Training Class - Starts Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30pm

Flooding Risk Update

First let me start by stating that I am not a trained hydrologist, so this should NOT be construed as a prediction, official statement, or that flooding is definitively impending.  I am simply presenting facts that are publicly available.

As many of you know, and has been reported in the news, we have a record snowpack in our mountains this year. This spring we have had below average temperatures that have not melted as much of the snow pack as should be melted by this time in the year.

In general, in the lower to mid elevations the snow has either completely melted or is quickly melting. As an example, the Timpanogos Divide SnoTel, (Snow Teletramy Station) located near the summit of the Alpine loop at 8140ft, had a peak SWE (Snow Water Equivalent: the amount of water unmelted snow represented in inches) of 47.3 inches. Today, it is measuring at 14.3 inches SWE, so it has melted down almost 70% of it's water.  But for perspective, this is still 59% of seasonal average peak (24.3 in) of water left, and we're behind by a full month in typical meltdown.  At the recent meltdown rate of 1 inch per day, Timpanogos Divide will be completely melted off in about 14 days.  You can see additional details about this SnoTel here: http://goo.gl/kbUVf

The higher elevations are somewhat a different story.  There is record snowpack at nearly every high-elevation SnoTel across the Wasatch Front, and spring temperatures, while warm enough to melt snow in the low to mid elevations, have not effected the snowpack at higher elevations much.  As an example, the Snowbird SnoTel at 9640ft has a peak SWE of 77.2 inches, but Today's SWE is at 73.6 (almost 12 feet of snowpack!), 95% of peak, and 175% for the seasonal average peak of 42.1.  That is a significant amount of water sitting on our mountain peaks, waiting to be melted.  You can see additional details about this SnoTel here: http://goo.gl/63BNm

These two SnoTels are not in the drainage area for Dry Creek, but they are the nearest, and can give and indication of what the snowpack is likely like in the Dry Creek drainage area.  So does this mean we are going to get crazy flooding in Lehi?  Not necessarily.  Flooding is the result of high-rate run-off, not just more run-off.  If it warms up enough that snow is melting and creating run-off at a rate higher than Dry Creek can handle, then we will have flooding.  So it really depends on how quickly and how high temperatures rise before all the snowpack has melted.  This is the part where I will leave it to the professionals to make predictions.

Flooding along Dry Creek is still a strong possibility, so please go fill out the 2011 Flooding Staff form and let us know of your availability, it you haven't already done so.  http://www.lehicert.org/events/may-2011-staffing

You can also see a hydrograph for Dry Creek here: http://goo.gl/osPLr  (This graph is not a conclusive indicator of flooding since this measurement station is up near the mountain in Alpine, and there are several other inflows that enter Dry Creek after this station.)


CERT Team Flooding Briefing

We are holding a flooding briefing for all team members this Wednesday, June 8th, 6:00pm at Station 82, right before the ICS training at 7pm.  We will provide an update on the flooding risk, the latest information from the city's flooding status meeting, and most importantly, review the action plan for our CERT team if a response is needed.


Incident Command System Training

This week we have our Incident Command System (ICS) Training this Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00pm at Station 82.  I hope everyone that is available will come take advantage of this training.  ICS is a critical part of CERT and WILL BE USED by our team during disaster response.  It is also critical for our team so we will be able to effectively interface and coordinate with other agencies and entities during not only a disaster response, but other events as well.  You will be a better and more effective CERT member the more you understand about ICS and the more you can practice it.  So if you haven't already, please go to the Trainings section to sign-up for this ICS training.


New Lehi Area Ham Radio Preparedness Net

We have recently started a new ham radio net in the Lehi area that focusses on emergency communications and general preparedness.  Here are the details on the net:
  • When: Thursdays, 9:00 pm
  • Where: 145.55 Mhz simplex
  • Who: Any licensed ham radio operator
This net has been created to encourage ham radio operators in the Lehi area to regularly practice using their radio equipment, train in emergency communications, and to help facilitate regular communication between organizations involved in preparedness, including cities, church organizations, businesses, and other preparedness groups.

The primary objectives are to:
  • increase coordination and interaction between civic, community, religious and volunteer groups involved with emergency preparedness and response in the Lehi area.
  • provide emergency communication training for ham radio operators
  • build a team of trained and ready ham radio operator on our CERT team
  • provide mentoring for new ham radio operators
We hope that all ham operators in the Lehi area can join us on this net and build our communications readiness on our CERT team and in other groups in the Lehi area.


Lehi City Blood Drive

Lehi City is holding a blood drive at the Legacy Center this Thursday, June 9th from 11am to 3pm.  All those that are able and willing to give blood are encouraged to do so.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Donors must not have given whole blood in the past 56 days or a double red cell donation in the last 112 days. You may not give blood if you have received a Red Cross notification asking you not to do so. Donors must provide ID prior to donating.

To schedule your appointment or for more information contact Judi Johnson at jjohnson@lehi-ut.gov or(801) 768-7100, ext. 2265.


CERT Leadership Meeting

We are having our next CERT Leadership meeting on Thursday, June 16th at 6:30pm at Station 82.  All CERT team members are welcome to attend.  We will be working on building our CERT team and planning upcoming events and trainings including the Lehi Foam Day on July 23rd, our annual CERT Recognition Social, additional CERT refresher trainings, and our next CERT Basic Training course coming in September.


Next CERT Basic Training Class

Our next Next CERT Basic Training Class will start on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm.  This will be in our new 4 week format that includes some online training before the classroom hands-on training.  We have had to cancel classes before because of low enrollment.  Please help us fill this next class by letting your friends and neighbors know about this great training and encourage them to sign-up on the Lehi CERT website.  If you would like flyers and posters to help advertise this training in your area, there are marketing files available in the CERT Files section here: http://www.lehicert.org/files


If you have any questions about these items or our CERT team, please feel free to contact a member of our CERT leadership.

Thanks for all you do to support emergency preparedness in our community.


Mac

Report on Sandbagging May 2-5

posted May 11, 2011, 11:01 PM by Mac Sims   [ updated May 11, 2011, 11:23 PM ]



Last week's 4 nights of sandbagging was a great success, and Lehi CERT performed superbly!  Every evening was staffed with 10-12 CERT members that managed the three areas of parking, check-in/check-out, and safety.  Everything went quite well with very little delays in getting volunteers checked-in and checked-out.  Approximately 2000 sandbags were filled each night and usually took a little over an hour to complete.  Here are some stats from these service events:

CERT Members: 25 (some came multiple nights)
CERT Hours: 85

Volunteers: 246
Volunteer Hours: 246

Thanks to all who came and served.  City officials are very impressed with the organization and service of our CERT team.


Record Snow in Northern Utah

posted Apr 19, 2011, 10:06 PM by Mac Sims   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 4:24 PM ]

It's no secret that we got a bunch of snow this winter, but I don't think most people understand just how significant this winter's snow pack really is in northern Utah, particularly when you look at how much water all that snow represents. (Hydrologists call this Snow Water Equivalent or SWE.) NOAA tracks many Snow Telemetry stations (or SnoTels) in Utah. The following snotels have either approached or exceeded their record seasonal SWE. Here is the list with links to their SWE plots:

TGLU1 - Tony Grove Lake (NE of Logan) - 8400ft - New Record: 165% of seasonal
BULU1 - Bug Lake (West of Randolph) - 7950ft - New record: 161% of seasonal
MCRU1 - Monte Cristo (NE of Huntsville) - 8960ft - 1.0 in from record: 157% of seasonal
FMNU1 - Farmington Canyon (East of Farmington) - 7900ft - New Record: 181% of seasonal
LOPU1 - Lookout Peak (NE of SLC) - 8200ft - New Record: 213% of seasonal
MFKU1 - Mining Fork (West of Tooele) - 8000ft - New Record: 164% of seasonal
MLDU1 - Mill-D North (NW of Solitude) - 8960ft - New Record: 157% of seasonal
TIMU1 - Timpanogos Divide (North of Sundance) - 8140ft - New Record: 195% of seasonal (This one is pretty relative to Lehi)
DSTU1 - Daniels-Strawberry (South of Heber) - 8000ft - New Record: 175% of seasonal

Map of all NOAA tracked snotels in Utah.

This is an incredible number of snotels that have set record totals this year, and there are several more in other parts of the state that have also set records that I haven't listed here.

With that much water up in the mountains, it's not a question of if, but where and when flooding will happen this spring. Only the weather and temperatures will decide that. We will be working with the Lehi City leaders to mitigate any possible flood as best we can.

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