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News release: Utah Prepare Conference and Expo 2017

Posted on: September 7th, 2017

For National and Utah Preparedness Month: Get Prepared at the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo Personal preparedness is your key to survival and recovery from disasters What class will you go to? Sanitation in disaster? Emergency communication? 8 Signs of terrorism? Financial prep? Cooking with different types of fuel? Will you hear the compelling story of […]

Be safe during #Eclipse2017

Posted on: August 18th, 2017

Be prepared for crowds, lines and traffic SALT LAKE CITY — Monday’s total solar eclipse in Idaho and Wyoming is historically close to Utah and many are expected to hit the roads in droves to witness the hidden sun and see stars in the daytime. The Utah Division of Emergency Management urges Utahns traveling to […]

Utah DEM Achieves National Accreditation

Posted on: May 4th, 2017

  “Yes! 👊” (Correct, that’s the fist bump emoji) That’s the collective feeling at the Utah Division of Emergency Management this week as we were notified that the past two years of work have paid off. The Emergency Management Accreditation Program announced that Utah DEM has again achieved accreditation, which is valid for five years. “Emergency […]

Great Utah ShakeOut Reaches 1 Million Participants

Posted on: August 5th, 2016

By Joe Dougherty We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Since 2011, I’ve been dreaming of the day we could declare that 1 million people had participated in our annual earthquake drill. We’ve gotten so close, and now that day is here. A record-breaking 1,004,593 Utahns participated this year! Gov. Gary Herbert challenged Utah […]

Preparedness is for EOCs, too

Posted on: August 5th, 2016

By Kristen Blunck Earthquakes, floods, or tornadoes can strike at any moment, causing damage to homes, businesses, roads and critical infrastructure. These damages can limit the flow of water due to broken pipelines, stall relief efforts and prevent the delivery of food and supplies. Whatever the disaster might be, maintaining a food and water supply […]

Will your city or county qualify for disaster loans from the State of Utah?

Posted on: May 18th, 2016

Utah pulls together in emergencies. That is an immutable fact. Neighbors help neighbors clean up debris. First responders help in neighboring jurisdictions. State government can use its resources to help municipalities in disaster response. We do amazing work together. A new law, which took effect May 10, will allow state government to help local government […]

Now it’s easier to put disaster dollars to work

Posted on: May 9th, 2016

When Colorado requested a Utah National Guard response to rebuild roads following severe flooding in 2013, the Guard nearly couldn’t go. They were willing. They had the manpower. But they didn’t have funding. Active duty military need to have funding dedicated to a specific mission, and the federal government was in the midst of a […]

Damaging earthquake probability in Utah is roughly 50 percent over the next 50 years

Posted on: April 18th, 2016

Today, the Utah Geological Survey and U.S. Geological Survey released a report (also posted to our Earthquake Program page) that says Utah has roughly a 50 percent chance of having a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. The multiyear study of earthquake probabilities shows that for all faults in the Wasatch Front region, Utah […]

Postal Workers = Emergency Responders?

Posted on: April 11th, 2016

When disaster strikes, emergency responders have a few critical needs: Resources and information. A bill passed in the 2016 Legislative Session and signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert aims to help with that. SB 57, sponsored by Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, will give us the chance to conduct a feasibility study with […]

The Best Infrastructure is a Resilient Infrastructure

Posted on: March 18th, 2016

When you think of all the bad things that can happen and who you call for help, the normal list surfaces: Call 911 and police, fire and ambulances show up. But what if an incident is big… really big… so big that it affects utilities, transportation, telecommunications and government (the very people who are supposed […]