Emergency Management - About Us
What Does the Division of Emergency Management Do?
Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, severe storms, landslides, droughts, hazardous material spills, search and rescue. These are just a few examples of emergencies in Utah in which the Division of Emergency Management (DEM) has played an active role. But what does the agency do when there isn't a disaster?
The DEM (pronounced D-E-M) coordinates emergency management efforts between federal, state and local governments. These efforts include preparedness, recovery, response and mitigation.
Public safety professionals at DEM include experts in emergency planning, training, exercise, investigations, communications, automation, hazardous material response and much more.
DEM prepares individuals and communities for disasters through outreach and training programs. The division trains nearly 1,000 emergency responders annually in areas such as domestic preparedness, hazardous material, the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, professional development and others.
Thousands of Utahans receive emergency preparedness education material from DEM. This information helps families prepare to be self-reliant during a disaster situation.
But that is not all we do. DEM also administers various ongoing programs that make Utah a safer, better place to live:
- Homeland Security Taskforce
- Utah Center for Domestic Preparedness
- Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program
- Safe Schools Leadership Consortium
- Search and Rescue Advisory Board
- Hazardous Materials Institute
- Nature Safe Utah
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Flood Mitigation Assistance Program
- Department of Justice Weapons of Mass Destruction Grant
- Utah Epicenter
- Emergency Alert System
- Community Liaison Officer Program
- Interagency Technical Team
- State Hazard Mitigation Program
- State and Local Assistance Program
- Community Assistance Program
- Excess/Surplus Property Distribution Program