VISION: The State’s mission is a safe, resilient Utah capable of recovering from a natural disaster through mitigation projects designed to prevent loss of life, protect property, and reduce post-disaster expenses. The purpose of this website is to educate communities about their vulnerability to natural hazards and provide strategies and resources to reduce risks. The mandate of Utah’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is to provide mitigation and resiliency guidance to communities as they work to limit social, economic, and environmental disruptions.
PRIORITIES: Utah’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) identifies natural hazards found in Utah and their potential impacts on people, infrastructure, and resources. Probabilities and recurrence intervals were calculated for all of Utah’s hazards identified in the SHMP. The most common natural disasters in Utah are wildfires, flooding, and earthquakes. Radon is the most deadly natural hazard killer in Utah.
GOALS: Each of the nine identified natural hazards in Utah has its own chapter in the SHMP, which also include resources for hazard identification, assessment, and mitigation. The mitigation project tracker tool is a resource to identify how communities throughout Utah are combating natural hazards. Working together with state and federal partners, local communities can prepare and mitigate their risk to natural hazards to keep their communities safe and protect Utah’s great quality of life.