Idle Free Week, February 2 - 8
To help raise awareness of the adverse effects of idling vehicles, Ogden City Council and Mayor Mike Caldwell will adopt a joint proclamation to declare February 2-8 as “Idle-Free Week” in Ogden City. While Ogden’s geography makes it feel impossible to escape inversion, everyone has control over the largest contributor to poor air quality in Utah – vehicle exhaust. Like many initiatives, the Council and Administration will not be alone in their efforts to reduce idling and raise awareness in the City. Ogden School District, Weber-Morgan Health Department and Weber State University will also help residents learn more about the importance of being idle-free, and provide other ways to keep the air clean through additional events and campaigns. Follow Ogden City Council online and on Facebook for Idle Free Week information.
Yeti Bash, February 7
Yeti Bash returns for its fifth year to the Ogden Union Station on February 7 from 4-8 p.m. This event coincides with the First Friday Art Stroll, featuring an art market inside the Ogden Union Station. Outside on the plaza, attendees can enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, yeti yoga, live music, food trucks and s’mores. The third annual Yeti Beard Competition will once again feature more than 100 competitors, with additional categories for women and children. For more information, visit the official Yeti Bash website and follow @OgdenDowntown on social media.
CERT Registration, February 20 - March 12
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training course begins February 20 and will be held each Thursday through March 12. These classes are from 6-9 p.m. at Roy City Fire Station #31 (5051 S 1900 W) in the west side basement room. The course fee of $35 pays for personal CERT safety gear including: a hard safety helmet, reflective safety vest, leather work gloves, safety glasses, respiratory protection mask and training materials. Register on the Weber County CERT website for this training course that consists of two sections:
- Start and complete the self-paced online information portion at: https://cert.hazready.com/hazready/home To access the course, find the courses online training for CERT 2.1. Click on Students and then Register at the upper right corner. Online course time is approximately 9-hours and is required before attending the in-class hands-on training in February. Print the certificate and bring it to the first or second night of class.
- Attend the hands-on skill development class and practice sections on Thursdays, February 20 - March 12. Once the in-class skills portion is completed, an official certificate of CERT course completion will be issued.
Call Weber County Emergency Manager, Lance Peterson (801-778-6682) or Jeff Stark (801- 866-8139) with any questions regarding class registration or details.
2020 Holiday Trash Collection Schedule
Ogden City sees changes to City department hours and garbage collection schedules during various government holidays. The following schedule for the 2020 year will help residents stay up to date on which holidays to anticipate those delays. Green and blue trash cans should be brought onto the street curb by 6:00 a.m. on collection day. The lids must be able to close completely, and cans should be spaced 5 ft from any obstructions (vehicle, tree, mailbox, etc.). Ogden City does not provide curbside pick-up for items left outside of the cans and there should be no plastic bags inside the blue recycling cans. Holiday schedules and more information on City garbage collection can be found online or by calling the Ogden City Public Service Operations (801-629-8271).
2020-2021 Arts Grants Application Cycle Open
Ogden City Arts opens a new grant cycle on January 6 and will accept grant applications until March 13. Grants applied for in this cycle may be for General Support or for Project Support for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). General support grants are limited to requests of no more than 15% of the organization’s previous year’s total budget, and organizations applying for General Support must have held 501(c)(3) status for at least three years. Applicants for Project Support may submit for arts-based projects and may request funding for up to 50% of their project budget. Funding for projects must be paid to an individual or a non-profit organization. Both General Support and Project Support grant applications require a 1:1 cash match. Full guidelines and applications are available online. Questions may be directed to Lorie Buckley by phone (801-629-8718) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Emergency Preparedness: Make a Plan
Be prepared for 2020 by creating multiple plans for your household to follow in various emergency scenarios. The best way to begin developing an emergency plan is to form the following thoughts and habits.
- Write it and memorize it. Keep an accessible version of each action plan and make sure they are talked about and practiced, so it’s easier to execute in a true emergency.
- Ask the question, “What would we do if...” Each plan should cover likely risks, but also possible contingencies that will be unique to the household. No concern or detail is too small to address.
- Consider the location. Be aware of how the emergency will apply to existing school, workplace and neighborhood plans. Identify desirable resources and possible options that already may be available in the area.
To start planning your own emergency preparedness program, visit the Be Ready Utah web page.