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Vigilant Guard Exercise Utah
Nov. 3-6, 2014




When you see helicopters, military convoys, first responders and more on Nov. 3-6, have no fear. It's Vigilant Guard 2014, a full-scale exercise designed to test the Utah National Guard's and State Emergency Response Team's abilities to assist local first responders in a disaster.

Exercise designers have chosen to use an earthquake scenario to test state government's response plans and procedures.


Follow the action

Use the hashtag #VGUT14 on Twitter or Facebook


News releases

Sept. 1, 2014

Oct. 29, 2014


Participating Agencies


• Utah National Guard • Utah Division of Emergency Management • Utah State Emergency Response Team • Salt Lake County Emergency Management and Unified Fire Authority • Utah County Sheriff's Office • Summit County • Juab County • Wasatch County • Heber City Police Department • Nephi City • Salt Lake City • Provo City • Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness • Lone Peak Hospital • Primary Children's Hospital • Central Valley Medical Center • University Hospital • Davis Hospital and Medical Center • Mountainstar Healthcare • Intermountain Healthcare • University of Utah • Utah Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster •




Your own copy of the poster above

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Approved/shareable photos of the exercise will be available here





National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 2014

National Cyber Security Month happens each October. Following on the heels of National Preparedness Month, this is a great chance for Utahns to take steps toward protecting their digital information. Each week has a theme to help you increase your security:


Week 1, Oct. 1-3, 2014


Week 2, Oct. 6-10, 2014
Secure Development of IT Products


Week 3, Oct. 13-17, 2014
Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things


Week 4, Oct. 20-24, 2014
Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs


Week 5, Oct. 27-31, 2014
Cybercrime and Law Enforcement



More resources:

On Twitter: @BeReadyUtah and use the hashtag #NCSAM in your social media posts

Help promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month

U.S. Department of Homeland Security



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Other Safety Topics

More emergency preparedness information at:


DEM Social Media links


Click the icon below to get all of our accounts in one list


@Utah Emergency -- Emergency alerts and tweets from the PIO

@BeReadyUtah -- Preparedness, 140 characters at a time

@UT_MIT -- Lessening the impacts of natural disasters

@UtahShakeOut -- Promoting Utah's largest earthquake drill ever

@UtCitizenCorps -- Public safety volunteer opportunities abound

@UtahCERT -- Neighbors helping neighbors in disaster



Utah Division of Emergency Management

Be Ready Utah

Great Utah ShakeOut


Utah Citizen CorpsE MAP Seal


Save The Date




The 2014 Utah PIO Association annual conference will be held Sept. 30-Oct 1 at the Courtyard Marriott in St. George.




The 2014 Governor's Public Safety Summit will be held May 5-6 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.






The Great Utah ShakeOut will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015

On April 17, 2014, we had more than 836,000 participants registered to participate in the largest emergency drill in Utah.

After your drill, you can upload photos, stories or videos to the ShakeOut website by logging into your profile.


The ShakeOut may be over for this year, but you can take time to ramp up your preparedness by visiting our BeReadyUtah.gov program

Since 2012, more than 2.5 million Utahns have participated in our annual drop, cover and hold on drill! Thanks to everyone for making this the state's largest earthquake drill ever. Click the image above to visit the ShakeOut website. You can also download your own banners to display on your website, blog or Facebook page from the Resources section of the site.

Want to know who participated? Here's the list

Show your participation by downloading your own web or social media images and banners here.

Follow the ShakeOut on Twitter: @UtahShakeOut or by using the hashtag #shakeout there, on Pinterest, Tumblr or Instagram. Check us out on Facebook, too: Facebook.com/UtahShakeOut


You can also upload photos to our Tumblr blog.








[Last Update - Thursday, 30-Oct-2014 14:47:31 MDT]