Cedar City gains international attention, considers disaster management

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CEDAR CITY – The Cedar City Council heard good news about the city receiving international exposure in a business magazine Wednesday night, and discussed earthquake and natural disaster preparedness.

Economic Director Danny Stewart kicked off the evening with news of a feature spread about Cedar City in the international trade publication Business In Focus magazine.

The magazine featured several cities throughout the state including Ogden, Layton and Sandy.

The far-reaching publication has an audience of 224,000 business professionals in the U.S. and 138,000-plus in Canada, Stewart said.

“This is a nice, visible piece for us,” he said. “And they did a fine job on the article.”

The article, “Small Town, Big Opportunities,” boasts a geographical location which is set for success in Cedar City. With the city’s close proximity to a variety of recreation destinations such as Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and Zion national parks; and its position as a regional commercial center for surrounding communities, the article’s authors dubbed Cedar City a “beacon of growth and development,” in Iron County.

The council also took time to revisit emergency preparedness plans for the Cedar City community in the case of a natural disaster.

The new Iron County Community Management Coordinator, John Higley, told the council that ground activity during an earthquake is worth examining in depth.

“In the last two months Cedar City has experienced two earthquakes,” he said. “We do have several earthquakes occurring all the time in Iron County and Washington County and several neighboring areas here.”

Higley has been working hard since his appointment to ensure that an emergency plan is in place and operational, in case a strong earthquake occurs in Cedar City, he said.

It is important that the right elements are in place to allow the city, as an organization, to be as resilient as possible, Higley said. He explained that in times of emergency and disaster, community members look to city officials and organizations for guidance.

Other than flooding, Higley said, it’s been fairly uneventful in Cedar City as far as natural disasters are concerned; but he warned city council and those in the room that complacency is a dangerous place to dwell.

“It’s been fairly quiet around here,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen, and we need to embrace the idea that that we are responsible for our families and for ourselves, and not rely so much on the government or upon faith-based organizations to take care of us.”

Concerned citizens interested in becoming proactive can review the Cedar City Earthquake Preparedness Guide.

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