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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security has tapped Salt Lake City as one of 62 urban areas facing the highest risk for a natural or man-made disaster.

The Deseret News reports that Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and emergency management director Cory Lyman urged Utahns to prepare in case the "Big One" ever hits the Wasatch Front. Their comments were given as part of a kick-off for National Preparedness Month in September.

"The threat is real here," Lyman said, urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families against the problems caused by a major earthquake. Prepare evacuation and communication plans, he said. Have a 72-hour kit filled with food, water, medication, clothing, vital records and other supplies that is easily accessible. Keep your car's gas tank full, and keep a "go kit" in the car.

Mitigate hazards inside your home by keeping heavy objects on lower shelves and securing bookcases, Lyman added. Keep vital records in a safe deposit box, and complete an inventory of your property and insurance, making sure property is covered for specific hazards.

Read the entire article at the Deseret News website.

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