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About Be Ready Utah

Be Ready Utah is the state’s official emergency preparedness campaign managed by the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM). Personal and family preparedness is the key to survival in, and subsequent recovery from, emergencies and disasters. Increasing that preparedness statewide is our goal.

We live in a state, just like every other state, that is vulnerable to natural and man-made or technological disasters. Since 1983, Utah has experienced twelve disasters which received presidential disaster declarations. In fact Utah had three disaster declarations in the year 2005 alone.

At DEM we have adopted an all-hazard approach to mitigate and prepare for, respond to, and recover from any disaster that may occur in our state. We have a skilled and experienced staff working towards those objectives. In an effort to promote and increase the preparedness objective, then-Lt. Governor Gary Herbert created the Be Ready Utah campaign in April 2006, in response to devastating floods. The Be Ready Utah program still resides within DEM, under the direction of Lt. Governor Spencer Cox.

Be Ready Utah is designed as a grassroots approach to preparedness with the focus on every individual's personal responsibility for preparedness. Be Ready Utah provides valuable preparedness information. We support preparedness fairs, conduct preparedness presentations, and educate through Social Media and this website. We believe that preparedness leads to prosperity. Every community can work towards preparing its citizens. Be Ready Utah is here to help.

We encourage you take on the challenge to ‘Be Ready.’ How? “Make a Plan, Get a Kit, Be Informed, Get Involved.” Create an emergency plan. Build a disaster supply kit. Be informed about Utah’s risks and corresponding protective actions, and help others in your community do the same. Look for opportunities to volunteer your expertise and talents. The time and effort we invest in preparing now will help us navigate through, and recover quickly from, what may come our way at the most unexpected moment.

Please explore this website,, for more information on how to get started with simple, basic steps to preparedness.