Utah

A huge mudslide clogged the Spanish Fork River and floodwaters submerged the town of Thistle 50 feet below the surface. Water surging beneath US Highway 6 elevated the tarmac a full 15 feet higher than where it once stood. More mudslides ripped through Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. Later, as temperatures spiked, Salt Lake Cityʼs major arteries were turned into rivers.

Because of its varying climate and terrain, Utah can experience a variety of disasters. Wildfires can strike during the hot, dry summer months and severe storms during the winter season can blanket parts of the state, causing power outages and increasing avalanche danger. We are also at risk from flooding, tornadoes, drought, landslides, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and now the possibility of a Pandemic Influenza.

Despite these risks, there are steps each citizen can and should take to ensure they are prepared for a variety of disasters. We know that disaster preparedness works. We can take action now that will help protect our families, reduce the impact an emergency has on our lives, and deal with the chaos if an incident occurs near us.

State Information

Utah Division of Emergency Management
1110 State Office Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
(801) 538-3400
(800) 753-2858
Be Ready Utah
https://dem.utah.gov

Citizen Corps

We know that disaster can strike at any time. We all have a personal responsibility to be ready. Get involved in preparing your family and your community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, educates citizens about emergency preparedness, provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting www.citizencorps.gov.

Utah Citizen Corps Council
324 South State Street, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 538-8606
www.citizencorps.utah.gov
www.volunteers.utah.gov

Localized Ready Programs

Utah
In 2009, the Utah Department of Public Safety localized the new Ready creative material including English and Spanish TV Spots. The ads drive viewers to a local Utah Web site: www.bereadyutah.gov.