Emergency Management

Be Prepared, Stay Safe

In an unpredictable world, being prepared for emergencies is a proactive step you can take to stay safe in the midst of a disaster.  Emergencies can happen at any time, and preparation is the key to safeguarding yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

South Salt Lake Emergency Management aims to protect our community and residents by mitigating against, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from any form of natural or man-made disaster.

Why Emergency Preparedness Matters

Whether it's a natural disaster, a health crisis, or a man-made incident, having a plan in place can make all the difference. A well-thought-out emergency plan can significantly reduce the risk of injuries, save lives, and protect property. Measures including, planning evacuation routes, building emergency kits, and putting in place communication strategies all contribute to the safety of individuals and communities.

By being prepared we are building our community’s resilience together. This makes us stronger, more efficient, and able to recover from any and all adverse situations. Please check out our Resource section to see how you can get started and be sure to sign up for Notification Alerts to be the first to know what is happening in our community. 

SSL Alerts on Your Phone

When emergencies happen, you need real-time updates. South Salt Lake offers a simple Notify Me program for you to connect with us.  You can pick and choose which messages you would like to receive and how (email, text, or both), including the latest SSL news, emergency alerts, City Council updates, community events, Arts Council programs,  and more.

Click here to register your Notify Me account.

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News & Information

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January is National Radon Action Month.  The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices. (EPA, 2023)

Check your Home for Radon

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. It is an invisible, odorless gas that can seep into various types of structures, including but not limited to basements, slabs and crawl spaces. The only way to know if it is present at dangerous levels is to test for it.

Radon is a Natural Danger

About one in 15 homes in the U.S. has radon levels at or above the the EPA action level, according to the National Cancer Institute. You can't see or smell radon, and scientists estimate 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year are attributed to it.

Radon is produced from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It enters homes, offices, schools and other buildings through cracks in floors and walls, construction joints or gaps around service pipes, electrical wires and sump pits. The Environmental Protection Agency reports elevated levels of radon gas have been measured in every state and estimates nearly one out of every 15 homes in America has elevated radon levels.

People who breathe in these radioactive particles, swallow water with high radon levels or are exposed to radon for a long period of time are susceptible to lung damage and lung cancer. Smokers who are exposed to elevated levels of radon gas have a 10 times higher risk of developing lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

Test Your Home

Old homes, new homes, homes with basements and homes without basements can have radon problems. Testing is the only way to determine how much radon is present.

Consider hiring a professional tester. Short-term (2-90 day) and long-term (more than 90-day) test kits are available, with the long-term kit producing more accurate results. The EPA website can help you find a radon test kit or measurement and mitigation professional near you. Do-it-yourself test kits also are available at many local hardware stores.

No level of radon exposure is considered completely safe, however the EPA only recommends reducing radon levels in your home if your long-term exposure averages 4 picocuries per liter (pCI/L) or higher. A pCI is a measure of the rate of radioactive decay of radon gas. This decay causes radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe (NSC, 2023).