WYOMING
UTSE
(Unable To Self Evacuate)
INITIATIVE

ALL ABOUT UTSE

UTSE (Unable To Self Evacuate) Disaster Preparedness is an initiative developed to bring awareness to those who are UTSE as well as Emergency Responders (firefighters, police, CERT, EMT/paramedics, etc) of the importance of having an evacuation plan in place and provide a standard signal for emergency responders to know if an individual is unable to self evacuate. This is accomplished through the use of a UTSE Bag.

WHAT IS A UTSE BAG?

  

A bag issued to those Unable to Self Evacuate--those unable to escape from harms way without help. The purpose of the bag is to signal emergency responders of an individual who is UTSE. The bag has an emergency information card which should be filled out in detail and placed in the bag and a picture ID should be attached to the front of the bag. The bag can be packed with medications, adaptive devices, batteries, gloves, and anything else an individual may need if he or she needs to evacuate quickly. When an individual leaves their house for any reason the UTSE bag should go with them.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A UTSE BAG? Anyone who can answer NO to the following questions:

Is the person able to get out of harms way on their own (example-evacuate their home or town during a fire or evacuation order)?

Is there someone who is always with the person who is able to get them out of harms way?

If you or someone you know answered NO to the above questions please contact Stacie Fagerstone, Program Manager, at sfagerstone@wilr.org or by calling 307-266-6956 or 800-735-8322

WHAT A UTSE BAG IS NOT

A UTSE bag is not to be used as a toy bag. It is only for those who are Unable To Self Evacuate. Emergency Responders, in a disaster or emergency, will be seeking someone who is UTSE when they see a UTSE bag. If it is used inappropriately it can place an emergency responder at risk.