Every now and again, we see reports in the news about homes being impacted by geological hazards when they are built in sensitive land areas. Our residents might be interested in how Provo City works to mitigate these risks in our community. Though, natural disasters are often unpredictable and the science of surveying geography for potential dangers is not perfectly exact, the city of Provo has established standards and practices that are designed to protect its citizens and property from geological harm.
Here are some resources to better help you better understand what Provo City is doing to keep you safe:
- City code Chapter 15.05 Sensitive Lands – The city has provided extensive information and detailed standards and processes in the code to ensure that construction on sensitive land is done with the utmost care and precaution. Every contractor hoping to build in Provo must abide by this code.
- Utah Geologic Survey – When geological concerns become particularly complex or technical, the city will work with third party experts to ensure that all relevant information is considered. The Utah Geologic Survey is one such expert and has aided Provo several times.
In addition to the City’s efforts, residents can also take actions on their own to prevent exposure to these hazards. The Utah Geologic Survey offers some excellent tips for residents, home builders, and buyers about minimizing the risks of damage from debris flow and earth movement.
Though no amount of preparation can be 100% effective against the forces of Mother Nature in the coming years, when residents, builders, and developers, the real estate community, engineers, and the City work together, we can minimize the risks of injury and property damage from geologic hazards.
After a disaster I frequently hear from residents that they wish they had better understood their insurance policy. Please take some time to evaluate your insurance and make sure you are covered in the case of a geological hazard. You may find that you need to pay for additional coverage.