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Hazards and Mitigation

The DEM Mitigation and Recovery Section staff are available before disasters, to help provide mitigation expertise, and after disasters, to facilitate recovery. The staff members have expertise in Public Assistance, the National Flood Insurance Program, Risk Map and mitigation planning. See below for disaster recovery tools, our downloads and staff contacts. See above for our section links.

New Hazard Mitigation Plan Website

looking south toward Salt Lake City with the words Utah state hazard mitigation plan
Click the image above to find state and local plans for how government plans to deal with avalanches, climate change, dam failures, drought, flood, earthquakes, severe weather, wildfires and more. You can also see where we, as a state need to improve. Local government can use this document to learn where to best invest tax dollars.

2019 Hazard mitigation plan is approved

The State of Utah Hazard Mitigation Plan 2019 update is now approved. Thank you for your comments during the public comment period, which ended March 6, 2019. The plan reassesses the state’s risks to natural hazards. The plan was completed in partnership with a number of state, federal and local agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations. The updated plan identifies hazards that affect Utah and outlines mitigation goals while meeting requirements outlined in 44CFR 201.4. Click here to comment.

Please visit the following sections of the plan

Section 1-IntroductionSection 2-Planning ProcessSection 3-Hazard Identification
Section 4-AvalancheSection 5-Dam FailureSection 6-Drought
Section 7-FloodSection 8-Geologic HazardsSection 9-Severe Weather
Section 10-Space WeatherSection 11-WildfireSection 12-Climate Change
Section 13-Local Hazard AssessmentSection 14-Capabilities AssessmentSection 15-Mitigation Strategies

Other links

Utah Disaster Recovery Site

Utah DEM Earthquake Program

Mitigation and Recovery Staff

Brad Bartholomew, section manager, State Hazard Mitigation Officer

Eric Martineau, mitigation specialist, Individual Assistance

Janna Wilkinson, mitigation/recovery planner

Kathy Holder, state floodplain manager

Jamie Huff, Risk MAP coordinator

Brandon Webb, floodplain intern


Floods: What you know when living in Utah

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Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country