Utahns are uniquely prepared for self-sufficiency in the event of a natural disaster. We store food and water, and regularly practice mock disaster responses. We also are uniquely gifted with more sunlight than most areas of the country. It seems like a no-brainer to put that sun to good use so that we can keep our furnaces and refrigerator running after a natural disaster.

Utahns should consider adding solar panels with a battery backup to our disaster preparedness toolkit. Not only would we cut our electric bills and pollution, we would also have electric power when the grid goes down.

Lauren Barros

Salt Lake City