“He says he is in the Building with a Gun and a Bomb”

City Center

“There is a man on the phone and he says he is in the building with a gun and a bomb.” I had never imagined that exact situation but I have often wondered how I would react in an emergency.

Yesterday, I found out just how difficult it is to make decisions with almost no information that had the potential to impact the safety of our staff, visitors and council members. First on my mind was the question of leaving the building or locking down. If I told people to leave the building they would be exposed to the gun threat and if I told them to lock down they would be exposed to the bomb threat. Thankfully most of that burden fell on the able shoulders of our Police Department.

I learned a lot yesterday but lesson number one was how thankful I am to have an entire department dedicated to keeping us safe. Watching the police reaction from behind the scene was like watching a symphony. Everyone moved and acted in a predetermined pattern that allowed them to secure a large, complicated building within just a few minutes. Along with the council and fellow employees we were escorted away from harm in a calm and efficient way that somehow allowed us to smile and relax knowing that even if the threat had been real we were safe and protected.

City Center is Secure after Bomb Threat

City Center

At approximately 4:41 PM Provo Dispatch received a call from a male suspect who claimed he placed a bomb inside the city center building. In addition to claiming that he placed a bomb, the suspect stated he had a gun and that he was inside the city center building.

After receiving the call, dispatch contacted several city departments and informed them of the threat. Officers then evacuated the building and stopped traffic from entering the block around the city center. After the evacuation, officers completed a systematic search of the building and determined that the suspect’s claims were unsubstantiated.

Detectives have the case and are investigating.

I would like to thank the Provo Police Department and city employees – everyone reacted appropriately and professionally.

Why Do We Still Hear Train Horns?

I thought we were a quiet train zone. Why do we still hear horns? The Quiet Zone that is in place was funded and constructed by UTA as part of the Frontrunner South Project.  It includes all the UTA crossings in Provo west of University Avenue. It also includes the Union Pacific tracks where those tracks are part of a combined crossing control with the UTA tracks, that is a single set of crossing gates. That has resulted in a complete Quiet Zone for both sets of tracks between University Avenue and Provo River.  The separated Union Pacific crossings, north …

Barking up the Right Tree

Our residents have been loud and clear. They want a dog park! As announced, the first off-leash area for dogs is being planned for Bicentennial Park in Provo! It will re-purpose a little used 1/2 acre site located to the south of the parking lot coming from 1440 South State Street. Installation of this much anticipated new feature will involve irrigation adjustments, new fencing, new tables, some concrete entry points and signage with usage guidelines. These materials are being ordered and the plan is to begin installation by the end of April. This area is on track to be ready …

Provo Kindness Rally

All Provo residents are invited to the Provo Kindness Rally on Monday, April 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Provo High Stadium. The Provo City School District, Provo Council PTA, and Fredette Family Foundation (“Jimmerosity”) are putting on this fun event to celebrate the chain reaction of kindness and compassion Provo students have been working on all school year. (See my blog post here.) Some of the things you’ll see at the Provo Kindness Rally: Students will participate in the kindness chain parade around the field – each paper link represents a specific act of kindness someone has done …

Provo’s Earthquake Drill 2015

On Thursday, April 16 at exactly 10:15 a.m. thousands of Utahns will participate in Utah’s largest earthquake drill, The Great Utah Shakout. Individuals, families, businesses, schools, and government agencies are invited to participate by holding their own drills at the same time. This is a great opportunity for residents and employees to get better prepared for major emergencies and practice how to protect ourselves in the event of a real earthquake. Emergency Sirens Provo City will participate in the statewide drill by activating our emergency sirens at 10:15 a.m. The emergency sirens are located on the roof of Fire Station 1 at …

Provo #1 for Communities & #7 for Well-being

Provo has been ranked #7 in the Nation for Well-Being according to Gallup and Healthway’s Well-Being Index Score! Gallup and Healthways surveyed 100 of the most populous communities in the U.S. These rankings are based off of the five essential elements of well-being, which are: Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things …

Fatal FrontRunner Accident

It’s never fun sharing bad news but we just learned that there’s been a fatal pedestrian-involved accident involving FrontRunner on 800 North. A 53-year-old woman died instantly at 7:01 a.m. when she was hit by the Frontrunner train near 820 North and 1900 West. Her personal items were found at the scene and she has been identified. We are contacting her next of kin. We anticipate the footage from the train to be available tomorrow. That should tell us a lot about what happened this morning. I’ll give updates and details here as they become available.

Trader Joe’s Giveaway – Week 6

For this week’s Trader Joe’s Giveaway, I’ve got a “Trader Joe’s Goodie Bag” full of your favorites – Triple Ginger Snaps, Tropical Tendency Trek Mix, Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, Spicy Smoky Peach Salsa, Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter, and a Provo Rocks Shirt! I’m planning on picking up a few items at Trader Joe’s and I would like your input on what I should get. If you would like to win this week’s prize all you have to do is share a picture of your favorite Trader Joe’s item or product on the Trader Joe’s for Provo Facebook Group. Let me why it’s your …

Your Utah Your Future Survey

We need your voice to help shape the future of Utah. By the year 2050, Utah’s population will nearly double in size. This is nothing new. Utah has a history of growth, and a successful track record of planning for the future. It’s part of why the quality of life here has remained so high. So, how would you keep it that way? What will that mean for our schools? The quality of our air? Our water? Our economy? What do you want Utah to be like in 2050? Make your voice heard by submitting your choices for use in …