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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]