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REUNIFICATION – UINTAH FIRE Lane Findlay – Weber School District


UINTAH ELEMENTARY • Foothills of the Uintah Highlands • 750 student enrollment • Full SRP drill in April 2017 • • • • • •

Parents night Lockdown Evacuation (on-site) Reunification Notification system Value of District Reunification Team


FAST FORWARD – SEPTEMBER 5TH • 0800 hours • Report of a power outage • Fire in Weber Canyon • Winds at 30-40 mph • Power restored at 0830 • Poor air quality due to smoke • Shut down ventilation system • Fire is spreading rapidly


MASSIVE WILDFIRE • High winds fuel the fire • Loss of homes & structures • Spreads throughout the Highlands • Down into Uintah City • West along I-84 in South Weber • Hwy 89 & I-84 closed • Strains LE & Fire resources


DECISION TO EVACUATION • 1100 hours • No contact from LE or Fire • Neighborhoods evacuated • Parents picking up children • Roads being shut down • Reverse 911 calls to evacuate • No LE units available


EVACUATION & REUNIFICATION • 13 buses to the school • Taken to the Dee Events Center • Evacuation center • Reunification activated • Quick & flawless process


LESSONS LEARNED • Value of a plan in place • Value of drills and training • Value of informed parents • Value of partnerships • Value of district team • Flexibility • The media • Always room for improvement


South Weber Windjammers — 803 students


Success comes from: 1.Having someone embedded in the command post — Blake Haycock. 2.Contacting other agency PIOs – DCSO DeeAnn Servey 3.Staying within my lane.

Profile for Utah Division of Emergency Management

Reunification presentation Uintah Fire  

Evacuation lessons from the PIOs in the Weber and Davis school districts, by Lane Findlay and Chris Williams, respectively. Presented on Jan...

Reunification presentation Uintah Fire  

Evacuation lessons from the PIOs in the Weber and Davis school districts, by Lane Findlay and Chris Williams, respectively. Presented on Jan...