Family Preparedness

When it comes to emergencies we all need to get out of the mindset of “if” an emergency will happen  to a mindset of “when” an emergency will happen.

Where will you and your family be when disaster strikes?  

Emergencies and disasters strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Whether faced with a family emergency or a regional disaster, the effort you’ve put into family preparedness and disaster planning will play a large role in how well you “survive” the event.

Emergencies never happen at convenient times. It could be in the middle of the night, or middle of the day when parents are at work and children are at multiple schools. No matter where you are, you need to have a plan that the whole family knows.

What can you do to prepare your family?

What would you do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Medical help may not arrive at all. 9-1-1 will be totally overwhelmed in a major disaster.

Schedule an Emergency Preparedness Presentation

Have one of our staff present on a variety of emergency preparedness topics for your agency, organization, class, or other groups. Click Here for topics

Pandemic Influenza—Avian Flu

Severe influenza pandemics represent one of the greatest potential threats to the public’s health.  Pandemic influenza refers to a worldwide epidemic due to a new, dramatically different strain of influenza virus.  A pandemic or global epidemic is an outbreak of an infectious disease that affects people or animals over an extensive geographical area.  Avian flu (or bird flu) is a virus that occurs naturally among wild birds, but can be transmitted from birds to humans.  Humans have not developed immunity towards it, nor has a vaccine been created.

Earthquake Preparedness

“The Great Utah Shake Out” is a way for families or organizations to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from an earthquake– wherever you live, work, or travel. Utahns can join the Great Utah ShakeOut by registering here. The 2017 Utah ShakeOut Day of Action is on April 20, though you can register to hold your ShakeOut drill on any day of the year.

Community Notification System


The CodeRED Notification System – an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency and public outreach notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the county in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child or evacuation notices) and for community outreach.

The system is capable of dialing 50,000 phone calls per hour. It then delivers our recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number.

The Offices of Emergency Management in Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah and the Ute Tribe will periodically activate a CodeRED non-emergency/public awareness phone campaign to update the system.  Phone numbers and emails in the CodeRED system need to be periodically updated. Exercising the CodeREDservice through public notifications, and not just through emergency warnings, provides emergency management the ability to update the system and maintain current data.  This benefits Uintah Basin citizens because it precludes the system from calling phone numbers that are no longer active; thereby speeding the delivery of notifications to local residents.

Examples of times when the CodeRED system could be utilized:

  • Drinking water contamination

  • Utility outage

  • Evacuation notice & route

  • Missing person

  • Fires or Floods

  • Bomb threat

  • Hostage situation

  • Chemical spill or Gas leak


Rob Grove

Emergency Preparedness and Response Director
(435) 247-1170

Jeff Robb

Assistant Preparedness Specialist/MRC Coordinator
(435) 247-1169



Please join us for the 4th annual Uintah Basin Citizens Corps Conference to be held on Saturday September 9th from 8:30-4:00 at the Uintah Conference Center in Vernal. Registration is free and is required to attend. REGISTER HERE

We have a great line up prepared as well as a light breakfast and Dutch Oven lunch that will be provided. Each person will be entered in to win some great prizes. For more information click the “register here” link above.

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