Help for Las Vegas
The horrific, senseless event in Las Vegas on Sunday night leaves many of us wondering how we can help. The best way Salt Lake County residents can support those who endured this tragedy, is by donating blood to the Red Cross. Donations will be used to help victims and replenish the Red Cross’s blood supply.
There are a number of blood drives happening in Salt Lake County. Just visit the
American Red Cross website and enter your zip code to locate the nearest place to donate. You can also download the
Red Cross’ Blood Donor App to find your nearest location and schedule an appointment.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at the concert last night, as well as the victims’ families. I am grateful for law enforcement, first responders, and hospital staff caring for those injured.
I am also grateful that so many Utahns are searching for a way to help.
New safety program directs residents to grab a kit and walk to school in the wake of a disaster
Major disasters have swept areas of our country over the last several weeks. Hurricanes and fires have displaced families from their homes causing fear and uncertainty as people look to escape the disaster and then rebuild in its wake. Salt Lake County is overdue for a large earthquake to rock the region. We don’t know when it will hit, but we know it will. The best thing we can do, is to prepare now.
The SAFE (Schools Aid Families in Emergencies) Neighborhoods program helps to organize communities for a major disaster. Today I joined emergency managers to highlight the new program that is now active at every elementary school throughout the Salt Lake Valley. After disaster strikes, people can grab their 96-hour kit and go to school. At every school is a sign posted telling the first person to arrive where to find the “Just In Time” (JIT) kit. The JIT kit has clear instructions, maps, and other materials that any adult can use to begin organizing their neighborhood.
SAFE Neighborhoods focuses on three areas:
- Build a 96-hour kit for each family member. The kit contains things like food, medications, and first aid.
- Create a family communications plan so your family members know where to go and who to contact in a disaster.
- After a major disaster, grab your kit and go school.
Watching the recent disasters unfold have shown that emergency responders will be very busy and unable to reach neighborhoods, so we need to step up and get prepared to be our own response, until help can arrive. We’ve also seen neighbor helping neighbor. It’s been inspiring to watch people – in the face tragedy – lending helping hands and care for one another. That is what SAFE Neighborhoods is about.
Mayor McAdams looks through a JIT kit with Melissa Ford, local resident trained in SAFE
Salt Lake County welcomes new comers
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Utah is not only a state made richer by the
diversity of what immigrants have brought here, it is also a place where past
refugees fleeing persecution found a safe haven. Most of us—even if we are
fifth and sixth generation Utahns-- know what it is to apply our experience and
skills to build a new life.
As citizens, we may take all the blessings and benefits of
citizenship for granted. But visit any
naturalization ceremony—where people of all ages, ethnicities, cultures and
countries—take the oath of citizenship together and you’ll be deeply moved by
what you see. Their happiness and pride radiates, as they recite the pledge of
allegiance and officially gain the title “Americans.”
Mayors across the country are standing up to support
immigrants and their path to citizenship through an initiative known as “Cities
for Citizenship”—a joint project of the National Partnership for New Americans,
the Center for Popular Democracy and Citi Community Development. Mayors are
helping to coordinate citizenship workshops, conduct outreach and encourage
those eligible to apply for citizenship to do so.
As this moment in our history, it is worth remembering the
principles upon which this country was built and those that are enshrined in
the U.S. Constitution, particularly the notion of equal opportunity and the
freedom to work hard and build our own prosperity and give something back to
this great country.Visit welcomingsaltlake.org to learn how you can join the welcoming effort
Satellite Office Hours
I believe Salt Lake County has a responsibility to be responsive to all residents in our fast-growing metro area. In an effort to make it easier for more people to have their questions and concerns addressed, I'll be sending members of my staff out for Satellite Office Hours in various areas of the
community. Residents can speak with my staff face-to-face and closer to home, with assurance I will be notified of the issue and you will receive follow-up.
Here's the schedule for upcoming Satellite Office Hours:
September 21, 12:30–1:30pm
Herriman City Hall, Fort Herriman Conference Room #2202
5355 W. Herriman Main Street
Monday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 pm.
South Jordan City Hall, Spruce Conference Room
1600 W. Towne Center Drive
South Jordan, UT
Monday, October 2, 12:00-1:00pm
Sandy City Hall, Council Overflow Room
10000 Centennial Parkway
South Salt Lake
Wednesday, October 11, 12:00-1:00pm
South Salt Lake City Hall, 2nd Floor, Council Conference Room
220 E. Morris Ave (2430 S)
South Salt Lake, UT
Thursday, October 12, 12:30-1:30pm
Holladay City Hall, John Holladay Room
4580 South 2300 East
Seniors stay fit at the 9th annual Senior Decathlon
It was nice to get the chance to attend another decathlon at the Magna Senior Center today. Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services puts on the decathlon every year. They bring people together representing senior centers from across the Salt Lake Valley to compete. The decathlon is just another example of how Aging & Adult Services runs programs to help improve the quality of life for seniors, helping them to continue to live independently.
Mayor McAdams talks with senior athletes while waiting in line to play a game of horseshoes