Be Ready Utah, a government emergency preparedness organization, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. To help mark and celebrate this historic milestone, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, declared April 4 – 8, 2016 as Be Ready Utah week. While serving as Lt. Governor, Governor Herbert created the Be Ready Utah public outreach campaign. He says he was inspired by the devastating floods in Southern Utah and the even greater disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was looking for a way to help Utahans be better prepared for emergencies and disasters.

Over the years with the Be Ready Utah program, the Utah Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, has educated and encouraged Utah residents to “Make a Plan, Get a Kit, Be Informed and Get Involved.”

“As we travel around the state providing emergency preparedness presentations and booths I hope more people will grasp the importance of getting ready for the kinds of emergencies and disasters that can impact our states,” says Be Ready Utah program manager Wade Mathews. The Be Ready Utah program is a great resource for the residents of Utah. Be Ready Utah has provided emergency preparedness training and information for thousands of Utahns over the past decade and I hope it will continue to do so for decades to come.

The Be Ready Utah staff continues to reach thousands of people across the state every year through hundreds of emergency preparedness presentations and fairs,, social media, the Great Utah ShakeOut drill (, and through the distribution of tens of thousands of informative emergency preparedness booklets, brochures and other education tools. They hope those efforts have lead people to take action and create family disaster plans and build disaster supply kits.

Everyone should know that the risk of natural and technological hazards remains high in Utah, especially involving floods, wildfires, storms and earthquakes, and the need for emergency preparedness is still great. It’s also important to know that investments in disaster preparedness and mitigation save money, time and efforts in emergency response. So here’s to another decade of positive outreach through Be Ready Utah.

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