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Monday December 17, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT

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What can Utah learn from the Alaska quake?

December 13, 2018

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DEM Statement: The passing of Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett

August 14, 2018

With the rest of Utah, the Division of Emergency Management is mourning the loss of Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett. An expert wildland firefighter, Matt deployed to California earlier this month to support a state in need. He was a leader of one of the two Utah task forces deployed under the Emergency Management Assistance […]

Disaster closeout: Laub Dam failure 2012

June 29, 2018

SANTA CLARA — The aged Laub Dam, little more than 20 feet high, likely never prompted much thought in the community before Sept. 11, 2012. The earthen structure provided flood control and served as a walkway to get from nearby neighborhoods to Snow Canyon Middle and High schools, as well as a park. More than three […]

ShakeOut, Don’t Freak Out, to Prepare for an Earthquake

April 18, 2018

The ShakeOut is back. In 2012, Utah embarked on an earthquake preparedness campaign to help Utahns get ready for the big one. Following the example of California and other states, Utah joined the ShakeOut movement. Since that time, millions of people have participated in the Great Utah ShakeOut, the only statewide emergency drill in Utah. […]

Utah Firefighters Returning Home from California Wildfires

December 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — They’ll be home for Christmas, and not just in their dreams. Most of the 100-plus firefighters deployed to California this month to battle the Lilac and Thomas fires are now on their way home and all should arrive before Christmas. For the most recent Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa […]

News release – Utah Fire Agencies Plan to Deploy to Fight California Wildfires

December 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of firefighters from various Utah fire agencies are deploying to Southern California to help with firefighting in some of the recent devastating fires. The personnel are deploying under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a system of state-to-state mutual aid. Their deployment is expected to last 14 days. Northern Utah […]

News release: Utah Fire Agencies to Deploy Saturday to California to Support Firefighting Efforts

October 13, 2017

UPDATE: This version fixes a couple of errors in jurisdictions from the version that was emailed to the news media. Also, we have added Pleasant Grove, Layton and Uintah City as agencies that are deploying to California for a new total of 32 engines. Also, see the video of the group deploying below or here […]

News release: President Signs Disaster Declaration for Utah

April 21, 2017

Federal aid will cover 75 percent of eligible damages to public infrastructure For immediate release April 21, 2017 Contact: Joe Dougherty, public information officer Utah Division of Emergency Management Fact sheets 4311 Declaration   Public Assistance Process   Public Assistance Fact Sheet SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has received confirmation […]