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January 2014 Newsletter
Staying Connected with the Citizens of Orem
New Beginnings in Orem
In the past two months since being elected Mayor, I have been invited to three open houses for businesses here in Orem. At the beginning of this new year, I am excited that we have businesses growing and expanding here in our beautiful city.
Kneaders recently built a new facility on the north end of our city. Kneaders started in Orem many years ago. They serve great food and homemade artisan-style breads. I have known Colleen and her husband who own Kneaders for many years. It is so great to see them expanding, and it is great to see their confidence to expand their operations in Orem.
Edge Homes held an open house for a new subdivision they are building. Edge Homes has been a great home building company in Orem. We are excited to see them grow. I love the quality they put into their homes and the fun designs they produce for new and growing families. I appreciate the strength and future of their company. They are a great asset to the home building industry and to our community.
Foundation Chiropractic on north State Street recently opened up in Orem. The owner, Jeff Brown, is a BYU graduate who has a wonderful family. I am excited that he chose Orem to open up his first practice after several years of working for a different chiropractic company. I happened to be his first customer at his grand opening. I was busy that day and did not want to miss his opening so I was waiting at the door. I received a wonderful welcome from him and his staff. My family has since used his services. I have found his group to be very professional and to offer a good service.
With these new beginnings, I believe that these companies have bright futures ahead of them. I look forward to working with them. We are fortunate to have such hard working, quality-minded, and service-oriented companies as part of our community. I thank all of our existing and new businesses that choose to call Orem home.
Thank you,
Mayor Richard Brunst
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Classes


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in CERT classes, members can assist their community or workplace following an emergency event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


Why Take CERT Training?

CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, first aid, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. You will learn how to prepare for emergencies, what supplies you should have in your house, how much food, how much water, but most importantly, how to protect your family in an emergency.


It is important to know, if a major disaster occurs, the paramedics and police may not be able to come! That is why you must be prepared to take care of yourself. When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your circumstances without needing aid from outside sources.


How Much Does CERT Cost?

CERT classes cost $35, which includes training, a backpack, a helmet, a vest, and a manual. This class is well worth your time and has critical information for you and your family's survival in an emergency.


CERT Course Class Topics

  • Personal & Family Preparedness
  • Earthquake Preparation
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Medical Operations
  • Medical Triage
  • Damage Assessment
  • Fire Suppression
  • Fire Chemistry
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Utility Control
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Full Disaster Simulation

When and Where is CERT Training?

Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., February 4 through March 27 at the Orem Senior Friendship Center (93 North 400 East, Orem). The last week of class will be held on Tuesday AND Thursday.


Register for a CERT class

You can sign up for CERT classes at the Orem Public Safety Building (95 East Center Street). Payments can be made at first floor glass window. 

Alternately, you can register and pay by phone at 801-229-7076 (credit cards accepted only). If you have any questions, you can also contact CERT at or visit the CERT blog at


Local Business Continuity Workshop

The Orem Office of Emergency Management is sponsoring a monthly workshop series designed to help local businesses create a continuity plan so their business can continue operating in the event of an emergency.


Creating a Business Continuity Plan makes real business sense. Emergencies can disrupt your business, affecting operations and profits. This is bad for employees, shareholders, customers and communities. The benefits of having business continuity include:

  • Developing a clearer understanding of how your organization works, and where it is vulnerable to a crisis. Very often this provides the sort of information that helps you make savings in your day-to-day operations.
  • Protecting your business and minimize the impact of a crisis, not only for yourself but for your contractors, suppliers and customers as well.
  • Protecting the reputation of your business and be seen to be an organization that is in control despite adverse circumstances.
  • Reducing the cost of any disruption by having planned for how to manage it in advance.
  • Managing out of pocket expenses with a possible reduction in your insurance premiums.

Workshops will be held on the third Thursday of each month. They will address topics like emergency communications, post-incident insurance claims, and vital records and document protection. 


For more information, contact JoAnna Larsen, Orem City Emergency Manager at 801-229-7146 or Please RSVP if you plan to attend these classes.


Women's Self-defense Class

The Orem Department of Public Safety is sponsoring a six-week women's self-defense class that is open to the public. We encourage any interested women to sign up!


WHEN: Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., February 6, 2014 through March 13, 2014 (Six weeks total).


WHERE: Orem Department of Public Safety training room (95 East Center Street, Orem).


WHO CAN ATTEND: Any women 15 years old and above.


COST: $20 per person (All checks must be written to: CITY OF OREM). Includes: Manual, Certification, and Lessons.   


TO SIGN UP: Call, text, or email Officer Josh Hansen at 801-836-9306 or at You will need to provide your name and phone number. 


The fee will be collected on the first day of class. Attendees should wear workout clothing to class (ie. Long sweat pants, t-shirt, etc.).


Olmstead Hydroelectric Power Plant Replacement Project


The Central Utah Water Conservancy District and the United States Department of the Interior, as Joint Lead Agencies (JLAs), are proposing replacements and modifications to the Olmsted Hydroelectric Power Plant near the mouth of Provo Canyon in Orem. The JLAs are preparing an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential impacts associated with the proposed project. The JLAs are soliciting comments from the public and agencies regarding the proposed project.


For a complete project description and how to provide comments on the proposed project please visit or contact Chris Elison at (801) 226-7166 or

Orem Fitness Center Closure

 The Fitness Center will be closed for two weeks beginning on February 17th, 2014, as staff and construction crews complete renovations to the locker rooms and clean the facility.


Upon reopening, the pool area will remain closed for an additional 4- 6 weeks while the Fitness Center makes added improvements, including a repainted ceiling and walls, installation of new high efficiency LED lighting, replacement of the pool deck, replacement of windows and doors, and repairs to the HVAC system to help with air quality and humidity.


If you have any questions, you can contact the Fitness Center at 801-229-7154.


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Orem Library
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Upcoming Events
Jan 14: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m.
Jan 14: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m. 
Jan 20: City Offices CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 28: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m.
Feb 11: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m. 
Feb 17: City Offices CLOSED for Presidents Day 
Library Closure
From January 13-20, the Orem Public Library will be closed for facility maintenance and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No services will be available inside the Library building, but online resources will be available. 

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