Emergency Preparedness

Issue Background

The “community resiliency” element of the general plan is a discussion about the ways that the city is working to adapt well in the face of adversity and about their capability to bounce-back from major events. Though the city can’t accurately know all of the risks it might face in the future, there are meaningful and intentional actions that can be taken before events occur. These include: event forecasting, mitigation planning, system integration, target hardening, and maintaining effective communication between entities. Much of this plan will focus on anticipated hazards.

Cedar City partners with Iron County for public safety services. This relationship is described as good currently, but future growth will add stress to this arrangement.

The crime data for the area is atypical of many communities for some behavior (particularly larceny and rape), but similar to other communities with a significant college campus. 

It is estimated that there are just over 542 homes in areas that are at high or very high risk for wildfire (as of 2021). This represents approximately 1,400 people.

Emerging Issues

  • As the region continues to grow, Cedar City (and Iron County) will need to increase its investment into public safety services.
  • At the time of the general plan update, FEMA was developing new modeling and mapping for floodplains. The City is anticipating that this work will result in the need to develop an ongoing, proactive strategy to mitigate the risks identified by it.
  • The location and necessity of infrastructure assets in the canyon areas is going to be an ongoing risk for the community (i.e. landslide/earthquake could significantly impact water supply).
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Potential Goals and Investments

  1. Minimize damage and hazards resulting from seismic activity, unstable soils, flooding conditions, and other geologic hazards.
  2. Emphasize fire prevention education and partner with the public on fire safety measures recommended by a Community Wildlife Preparedness Program (CWPP) Committee.
  3. Preserve Natural Resource Assets.