West Jordan Emergency Communications

In the event of a West Jordan Emergency including natural disasters like earthquakes, blizzards or floods, water contamination, active shooters and bomb threats, we'd like for our citizens to know as soon as possible. At the bottom of this page, please fill out the form to receive communications directly from us via phone or email. 

Don't Miss Out on Emergency Notifications

 

In addition to West Jordan's own emergency communications system, we'd encourage you to sign up for the 911 Callback system provided by the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC). Click here to signup for their notifications.​

Register with VECC

Register your phone number with VECC


You call 911 when you need to report an emergency. But what if 911 needs to notify you about one?

Valley Emergency Communications Center can send out emergency notifications to you and the community via telephone. Traditionally, VECC has relied on landlines to call and warn you of emergencies or evacuations. However, with many of us switching to cellphone-only households, landlines aren’t an option. The only way to receive these types of calls on your cellphone is by registering those phone numbers with VECC. Visit http://www.vecc9-1-1.com/voip-registration to register your VOIP or cell phone.




What types of emergencies will prompt a phone call?


These emergencies include “…disasters, or critical information under the authority of the responding public safety agencies, emergency management, and/or municipal administrations. It will be used to notify those homes and businesses at risk within the affected area and will provide information regarding the incident and/or actions to take (such as evacuation). Additional necessary instructions or information, (such as shelter locations), may also be provided.”




Who or what is VECC?


When you dial 9-1-1 from West Jordan you will be talking to dispatchers at the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center. These dispatchers respond to your call for help and dispatch needed firefighters and police officers. These same dispatchers can also send out emergency notifications to you and the community. If you see “0000000000” on your Caller ID, you should answer the phone because that will be VECC calling with important information.





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Water Fluoridation

 

Although the West Jordan water supply meets EPA standards and has not had issues with over-fluoridation, water fluoridation has been a recent topic of interest for Salt Lake Valley residents. West Jordan buys about 80% to 85% of its wholesale treated water from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. The remaining approximately 20% to 15% comes from city-owned groundwater wells, which are used only during summer months to help meet high water demand. All water meets Federal and State requirements. 

 

More information regarding water fluoridation...


Courtesy of the Salt Lake County Health Department

  • All water naturally contains some fluoride. Usually, that fluoride level is not high enough to have positive health effects.
  • Salt Lake County began community water fluoridation in 2003, via public vote.
  • Salt Lake County Health Regulations #33 requires most public water systems in the county to supplement their community drinking water with the right amount of fluoride so their system reaches the optimum level to have positive health effects (0.7mg/L per the CDC).
  • Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, and World Health Organization.
  • Fluoride benefits children and adults throughout their lives.
    • For children younger than 8, fluoride helps strengthen the adult (permanent) teeth that are developing under the gums.
    • For adults, drinking water with fluoride supports tooth enamel, keeping teeth strong and healthy. The health benefits of fluoride include having:
      • Fewer cavities.
      • Less severe cavities.
      • Less need for fillings and removing teeth.
      • Less pain and suffering because of tooth decay.
  • Fluoride was first added to a public water system in 1945 (Grand Rapids, MI) and has been widespread across the United States since the 1960s.
  • The safety and effectiveness of fluoride at levels used in community water fluoridation have been thoroughly reviewed by multinational scientific and public health organizations (U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and the World Health Organization) using evidence-based reviews and expert panels. These panels include scientists with expertise in various health and scientific disciplines, including medicine, biophysics, chemistry, toxicological pathology, oral health, and epidemiology.
  • Like many vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to us at appropriate doses, very high levels of fluoride can cause negative health effects, including nausea and vomiting.
  • Salt Lake County Health Department requires public water systems to regularly monitor and sample fluoride levels to ensure each system is delivering the optimal level of fluoride for positive health benefits.
https://slco.org/health/water-quality/drinking-water/





 

More Information on Emergency Communications

 

There are several other ways to learn about emergencies in a timely manner. We are active on Facebook and Twitter and will push emergency information through those pages.

 
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Our website is an additional source of timely information. The home page slider includes slides with information on important topics including emergencies.

There are many great sources of information designed to prepare you for emergencies, including:

https://www.ready/.gov/

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready ful.pdf