How do I become a volunteer for Sweetwater County?
To become a Volunteer for Sweetwater County Emergency Management:
> Fill out a Sweetwater County Volunteer Application.*
> Fill out an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.
> Both the Volunteer Application and the I-9 form must be returned to the Emergency Management Office with copies of the identification forms used for the I-9 Form.
> Must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record (if applicable).
> Attend a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training session. (Classes are limited. You must sign up with the Emergency Management Office before attending class.) Not required but strongly recommended.
*Requires a criminal background check.
Our volunteers are a critical part of our success. We value and appreciate the many hours and efforts offered to Emergency Management.
What does shelter in place mean?
Shelter in Place is a safety procedure designed to help protect you and your family during a serious airborne hazardous material emergency. It means taking shelter inside the building you work in until the danger has passed.
The goal of Shelter in Place is to prevent contaminated outside air from entering your home or other shelter for the duration of the incident. Incidents usually last a few hours, not days or weeks. There is little danger anyone will run out of oxygen during this procedure.
Before an emergency happens, develop a business emergency plan to help plan for a hazardous material emergency or other disaster. Determine how you will handle phone calls to and from the business during an event because non-emergency phone use should be limited.
What do I do?
If you are told to Shelter In Place by local authorities, please take the following safety actions:
- Close the business. If there are visitors in the building, ask them to shelter in place with you.
Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and other openings to the outside.
Have designated maintenance personnel turn off all air conditioners, fans and heating systems, and other similar equipment that draw in outside air.
Close the fireplace damper if your work place has one.
Get your disaster supply kit, and make sure your radio is working.
Direct all employees to an interior room or the space designated by your local department. You may need several rooms to accommodate all your employees. Large storage closets, utility rooms, pantries, copy and conference rooms can work if they don’t have too many windows.
Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors, vents, outlets, and other places where outside air may enter. Wet towels can also be used if you do not have plastic.
Stay inside this room and listen to your radio or television until local authorities tell you the emergency is over or you are told to evacuate.
When local authorities announce the end of the emergency, ventilate the building by opening doors and windows. Go outside until it is aired out.
What do I need?
You are encouraged to prepare a disaster supply kit with emergency supplies that will last at least three days. The kit should be stored in a box or duffel bag in the room in which you plan to shelter in place. At a minimum, the kit should contain the following items:
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
Duct tape (i.e., high-quality duct tape or polypropylene tape)
First aid kit
Flashlight and extra batteries
Hygiene items (i.e., plastic bucket with tight lid, garbage bags)
NOAA weather radio
Specialty items (i.e., medication, books, games)
Thick plastic sheeting (i.e., plastic drop cloths, window sealing plastic)
Water (1 gallon/person/day) and ready-to-eat food
What is the greatest hazard in Sweetwater County?
A sub committee of the Local Emergency Planning Committee meets annual to review and update the Sweetwater County Hazard Analysis and have identified a Hazardous Materials Incident as the highest risk to our county. The main contributing factors to this decision are the railroad, interstate, industry and pipelines.
Where is the office for Sweetwater County Emergency Management located?
731 C Street, Building A, Suite 131, Rock Springs, WY