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Emigration Canyon News

Global Pandemic, Community Response 

Just over a week ago the township was calmly planning a perfectly normal schedule of spring events: the annual Firewise pancake breakfast, a new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, a brush chipping service, and roadside trash pickup. 

Then COVID-19 turned the world upside down and a 5.7 magnitude earthquake gave it a thorough shake. For the foreseeable future we’ll need to care for our community and prepare for its future while meeting face-to-face less frequently and in much smaller groups. This will be challenging, but we are ingenious and resilient people, descended from pioneers. Rising together to master a challenge is what we do. 

So instead of the typical list of firmly scheduled events and detailed agendas, this newsletter is more an on-the-fly update on plans that are still in transition. Some planned events will be cancelled. Others may be rescheduled or adapted to meet the latest public health guidance. Unplanned change is to be expected. To stay informed, watch your email for future updates, and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Keep Calm and Maintain Social Distance 

Please remain patient, prudent, and engaged. Take care of yourselves, your families, and your neighbors, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable, or alone. Follow the health safety recommendations of civic authorities and public health experts, especially the May 21 Utah Public Health Order which recommends that: 

  • All individuals should avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips (other than shopping for food and other essentials), social visits, and gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Individuals over the age of 60 and those who are immunocompromised should avoid contact with others. 
  • All members of a household in which one member has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate.
  • All individuals should refrain from visiting nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities, and retirement homes except to provide critical assistance. 

Shop considerately. Don’t empty the ATM. Take a deep breath; we’ll get through this together. 

COVID-19 Information Resources

The Fire Station Is Closed to Non-Emergency Events

Effective May 13, United Fire Authority has restricted the use of its fire stations. All meetings, tours, classes, and other non-emergency public activities are cancelled through the end of March, including the Metro Township Council meeting scheduled for March 26. The agency will announce plans for April and May in light of emerging public health guidance. 

The Firewise Open House is Postponed 

Our annual Fire Day open house and community pancake breakfast, originally scheduled for Saturday May 2, is being postponed. We hope to reschedule for an autumn date when the summer wildfire threat has receded, but this will depend on the progress of the pandemic and the resulting public health guidance. In the meantime, please watch your inboxes for information about preparing your home to withstand a wildfire.

Ways to Help: Organizations That Need Your Support 

There will be many opportunities to support the organizations that are working to support vulnerable Utahns in the coming weeks and months. Here is a list of organizations that have asked for volunteers or monetary donations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are able, please consider donating your resources or time. 

  • The Utah Food Bank put out an urgent call for volunteers and is holding a virtual food drive. Here's info about how to Volunteer or Donate to the Food Drive.
  • Help provide meals to children who receive free meals from the school districts. The school districts rely on donations to keep up with higher than expected demand. Click the links below to donate:
  • Police departments are expecting an increase in domestic violence due to quarantines and economic challenges (read more here and here). Please consider donating to organizations that provide resources and shelter to victims of domestic violence: YWCA Utah or Utah Domestic Violence Coalition.
  • The United Way of Utah has started a COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help economically vulnerable Utahns cover basic needs such as rent, mortgage, childcare, and food. Click here to donate.
  • The Red Cross is reporting a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Please consider donating blood to save a life. To avoid lines, make an appointment to donate.
  • Additional organizations that are providing support to those affected by this crisis can be found here:

Watch for Updates About Canyon Road Repaving

This summer, the Salt Lake County Public Works Department will be repaving Emigration Canyon Road from the mouth of the canyon to where it meets SR-65. This project will likely take several months. While the road work is taking place, traffic and commute times will be affected as the road is expected to be down to one lane in several sections. The project is out for bids but no contract has yet been awarded, so no schedule is available for the construction or the traffic interruptions that may result. Watch this space for more information as soon as it becomes available. 

Spring Chipper Week: Still a Possibility

Wildfire season won’t wait for the novel coronavirus, so we still hope to provide a canyon-wide chipping service before repaving begins on the main canyon road. If we are successful, the service will work much as it has in recent years. All canyon residents will be encouraged to thin and trim vegetation in the defensive perimeter surrounding their homes. Cut material will be stacked near the roadside and chipped by crews from United Fire Authority. Chips will be left onsite for homeowner use. 

However, this service depends on UFA manpower and equipment that may be subject to other demands in the next few months. Until the scheduling issues are resolved, sharpen your saws but please don’t start building piles until we can confirm the service details. If it proves impossible to bring the chippers in this spring, we have been promised priority for an autumn event.

Start Your CERT Training Online!

We had a very successful Open House in February for residents who were interested in joining the Emigration Canyon CERT group (Community Emergency Response Teams). Tyler Tippetts had arranged for a CERT training course for canyon residents; this was initially going to take place in April at the fire station. Of course, due to the social distancing recommendations, the in-person portion of the class will have to be postponed.

However, that doesn't mean you can't get started on your CERT training. Anyone interested can complete the online portion for FREE (found at If you've signed up for CERT training, please click the link to register and get started on your online course while we wait for an all-clear at the fire station.

If you’re not registered for the class but are freshly inspired by Wednesday’s seismic wake-up, we welcome you to join in! Contact Tyler Tippetts by phone at 385-233-0766, or email at

Don't Forget to Respond to the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is happening! By now, you should have received your 12 digit Census ID in the mail. Make sure you are counted! Click here to respond online (you will need your Census ID): If you don't respond online, you will receive a form in the mail. In May through July, census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

Canyon Cleanup Planned for May 16

Two things happen when the snowbanks melt away from our canyon road: (1) winter’s accumulated trash emerges into the sunlight, and (2) dedicated canyon residents mobilize to collect and remove the unsightly mess. This year those hardy souls will gather at 8:00 a.m. on May 16 for a day of civic restoration. To join the fun, please email the event organizer, Casey Hill, in advance at: Wear work clothing, sturdy shoes and gloves. Trash bags and safety vests will be provided. Assembly location to be determined. 

Please note that this event will be subject to whatever public health safety rules are in effect on May 16. Which is to say, once again, that unplanned change is more likely than not. 

Do You Know How to Find out About Earthquakes? 

Was that an earthquake?!?!  Don't wait for the news to report it; the University of Utah Seismograph Stations and US Geological Survey post earthquake notices in (almost) real time. Follow @UUSSquake on Twitter, check the USGS site at (under "Latest Earthquakes"), or sign up for the Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) and receive emails or text messages about earthquakes. You may set up your own geographic area and magnitude threshold.

And here's one event that hasn't been cancelled: The Great Utah ShakeOut on April 16th. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.

CodeRED for Canyon Emergency Communications

Emigration Canyon Metro Township and the Emigration Improvement District have licensed the CodeRED System to send notifications to all or targeted areas of the canyon in case of an emergency or a situation that requires immediate action.

CodeRED can keep you informed of emergencies such as evacuation notices, utility outages, water shut off, fire, floods, or any other incident that affects safety of lives. CodeRED delivers a pre-recorded message through a high-speed telephone calling system by phone, email, text and social media.

Weather Warnings from the National Weather Service are also available if you opt in. Setting up a managed account will allow you to make future updates to your information and change your alert options. Want mobile alerts too? Or perhaps you don't live in the Canyon but work, visit or bike here frequently? You can also receive alerts by downloading the “CodeRED Mobile Alert” app. 
  • To sign up using your desktop of tablet browser, use this link.
  • To sign up from your mobile phone, text the keyword ECMETRO to 99411. 

In either case, simply follow the prompts to set up your managed account and never miss an emergency alert again.

Paramedics Can't Find You? Get a Better House Sign

When rescue personnel respond to an emergency, every minute counts. That’s why the community council is now offering highly visible, weather-resistant house numbers to Emigration Canyon residents. Click here for information and to place your order. Then, mail your payment check ($27.50 per sign, payable to Emigration Canyon Community Council) to: 

Stephanie Harpst

585 S. Standel Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84108
We’ll be in touch with information on production scheduling and delivery. 

Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District Update - March 2020

Bagging Recyclables
Currently, the number one contaminate we are seeing is plastic bags and thin plastics (like wraps and packaging). Unfortunately, if recyclable items are in plastic/garbage bags or are covered in a plastic wrap, these items will be sent to the landfill. The best way to remember this is, if it’s plastic and you can ball it up in your hand, it needs to go in the trash. Please place all recyclables freely in the bin.

Contact our Sustainability Coordinator, Ethan Morris ( or 385-468-6337) if you have specific recycling questions.

Trailer Rentals
Trailer Rentals are suspended until May 1, 2020. We will honor any reservations that have already been booked prior to this suspension. We will accept reservations for a trailer from June 1st through the end of 2020.

Annual Earth Day
Earth Day is on April 22nd. Help celebrate our beautiful planet and practice conservation efforts by reducing the use of disposable plastics, recycling your e-waste, and buying local produce. More information and suggestions can be found at

Illegal Dumping
Utah Administrative Code R315 requires all waste to be disposed of at a properly designated disposal facility. It is illegal to dispose of any waste at any other location. If residents see any illegal dumping, they should contact the Salt Lake County Health Department at 385-468-4100.

Broken/Damaged Cans
If your garbage or recycle can is broken or damaged, please call our office at (385) 468-6325. We will come and repair your cans as part of your fees for services. You can also complete an online service order request on our website.
Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District 604 South 6960 West, Midvale UT 84047 
Office: 385-468-6325 • Fax: 385-468-6330 • •
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