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Healthy bodies and healthy lifestyles are important to everyone. Unfortunately accidents, illness and disease can strike without warning. Similarly, emergencies and disasters can also occur without warning.

Register now for the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo at UtahPrepare.com!

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. This is a great chance to take action to get yourself more prepared for an emergency!

The Great Utah ShakeOut is Thursday! Currently, more than 808,000 participants are registered to participate. Wait... you're not one of them?

Pedestrians cross State Street in Salt Lake City in 1983 after flood waters overran City Creek. Utah communities are always working on flood mitigation and preparedness. Are you? Photo credit: Utah Department of Transportation

Be Ready Utah and the Utah Division of Emergency Management are teaming up with the National Weather Service and FEMA to help Utahns be mindful of and prepare for severe weather.

Take the next step by encouraging others to do the same.

Prepare for tornadoes now

Be Ready Utah has added tornado preparedness information to its website. This information is designed to help Utahns to respond before, during and after a tornado.

Currently, more than 830,000 participants are registered to participate. Wait...you're not one of them? Help us reach our goal of 1 million Utahns under their desks in April!

March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. This year, after a devastating fire season, we're focusing on fire weather and how you can be prepared.

Are you ready for "the big one"? Be Ready Utah, Utah State University Extension, BYU and Emergency Essentials have teamed up to put on a one day conference open to the public. Over 21 classes and demonstrations will be offered. For details and to register visit www.utahprepare.org

The following column was originally published in the Deseret News on Jan. 9
By Joe Dougherty
For the Deseret News

Resolve to Be Ready

Dec 27 2011

As New Year's Day fast approaches, many Utahns are thinking about how they want to improve themselves.

Governor Herbert Declares Oct. 23 - 29 Winter Weather Preparedness Week

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared Oct. 23 - 29, 2011 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Utah. The week is an excellent time for individuals, families, businesses, government, schools and media outlets to learn more about winter weather terms and safety rules and review their winter storm preparedness plans.

Joey Thomas' face turned suddenly calm and serious at the same time.

"Are you choking? Do you need me to help?" his mother, Susan, asked. Joey nodded. He wasn't breathing.

Before that moment, everything was normal: Oct. 26, 2010, ordinary night at home in Sandy with his mom and brother, fall in the air, Halloween candy at the ready.

This September marks the seventh annual National Preparedness Month – one month designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Even though we don't know when or where disasters and emergencies may strike, we do know that we can do more to be prepared for the unexpected.

WHO: Lt. Governor Greg Bell Mayor Ralph Becker – Salt Lake City Scott Anderson, Zions Bank President and CEO Marty Shaub, Utah Emergency Managers Association - President

Salt Lake City, Utah - The State of Utah has joined a national effort during September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies and disasters. This year marks the sixth annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready campaign.

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 21-27. The NOAA Lightning Safety Team, comprised of government and private sector businesses, will lead the lightning safety campaign, with participation from various state and local agencies and businesses. This campaign is de- signed to lower lightning death and injury rates and America's vulnerability to one of nature's deadliest hazards.

In this country, Utah's Homeland Security is again telling folks that the concept of "Duck, Cover, and Hold" is still the best immediate protection when the ground starts shaking. You drop under the nearest desk or table to cover your head and hold on to that table or desk.

April is Earthquake Preparedness Month 2009

On Tuesday, March 31 - Governor Jon Huntsman declared the month of April as Earthquake Preparedness Month in Utah.

The Utah Seismic Safety Commission will lead the preparedness efforts during April and each week will have a focus:

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