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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 […]

FEMA 2016 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Program

Posted on: March 8th, 2016

Utah Division of Emergency Management FEMA 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Competitive Grant Program Notice of Interest The Utah Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is announcing that all new prospective applicants are required to complete a Notice of Interest (NOI) for each proposed eligible PDM mitigation activity. A completed NOI is NOT required IF you are […]

UEMA and Awards – 2016

Posted on: February 8th, 2016

Our hats go off to the great work done yet again by our partners at the Utah Emergency Management Association last month at the annual UEMA Conference, held again at the Viridian in West Jordan. Emergency managers come from across the state to take part in learning best practices and where all can improve. Plus, the […]

Utah DEM Pilots new TEEX Cybersecurity Course

Posted on: January 29th, 2016

Quick, when you think, cyber incident, what is the emergency operations center’s role? What is the IT department’s role? What about others who could help? Who should help? How do you find them? So many questions related to the emerging information on dealing with cyber incidents. The thing that makes them so different from floods […]

Remembering our friend Joe Thornton

Posted on: December 16th, 2015

Joseph Oscar Thornton Jr January 23, 1952 – December 11, 2015 Obituary The Division of Emergency Management family sends its love to the Thornton family. We were all shocked to learn of Joe’s passing following a heart attack after knee surgery. Joe’s work at DEM in our Logistics Section touched nearly everyone in this office. […]

Certified Emergency Managers – The inaugural class

Posted on: October 7th, 2015

  RICHFIELD —  Emergency management may be an emerging profession, but Utah emergency managers are dedicating themselves to making themselves as professional as possible. The Utah Division of Emergency Management and Utah Emergency Management Association recognized 10 Utah emergency managers for their efforts Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Richfield at the City and County Directors Conference. […]

Hildale Flooding incident 09.14-15.2015

Posted on: September 14th, 2015

The Utah Division of Emergency Management has learned of a flood that happened around 5 p.m. in Hildale, Washington County. DEM Liaison Scott Alvord is in Hildale to support city and county officials. No state assistance has been requested. This is for information purposes only, but this document will be updated below as information becomes […]

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Posted on: July 15th, 2015

As of July 8, 2015, 17 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States — ALL of these deaths were avoidable. This is double the average number of year-to-date lightning fatalities (8.8) over the past five years (2010-2014). There are several possible reasons for this, such as more convective activity across the country; an […]