Preparedness Buddy

Natural or man-made disasters have the potential to be devastating for all of us, but they are especially serious threats to the elderly and people with disabilities. They can face challenges when it comes to physical mobility and the ability to receive and act upon critical, life-saving information.  The Preparedness Buddy program was specifically developed with these populations in mind.

  • The program starts when an educator (or relative, church member, etc) visits home bound residents and teaches them about basic emergency preparedness (using a tool like Plan 9), adapted to their specific needs.
  • The resident fills out the simple Preparedness Buddy pamphlet to identify medications, medical equipment, pets, etc.
  • The resident selects a Preparedness Buddy (accessible family member, friend, neighbor, etc.), who is contacted and informed about the person’s preparedness plan.
  • The Preparedness Buddy can be contacted in an emergency or will check on the person in such a situation and make sure they are safe or help evacuate, if necessary.


Plan 9 (Basic Emergency Preparedness)

Preparedness Buddy 

Rural Preparedness Summit

The Southwest Utah Rural Preparedness Summit will be held on February 27 and 28, 2017 at Dixie State University. The summit is sponsored by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department and its local partners.

Who should attend? Emergency managers, first responders, health and medical professionals, emergency volunteers, community leaders, and anyone interested in learning about rural community emergency plans in southwest Utah.  Only $25 if you work in the southwest Utah region(Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, and Garfield  counties)! Education credits available.

The focus of the summit is to fill knowledge gaps identified in recent exercises with the following objectives:
1- Strengthen and update rural emergency plans
2- Understand how to work together for quick and effective response to an emergency
3- Improve preparedness for your agency, group, organization, and family
4- Understand your individual role in rural emergency response, enabling you to be part of the solution and not part of the problem

Click HERE to register


When: Monday, February 27, 2017  (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) & Tuesday February 28 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Where: The Gardner Center at Dixie State University (225 S. 700 E. St George, UT)
Tickets: $25 for those living and working in Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, and Garfield counties. $130 for attendees from outside the region ($100 if registered by December 31st)

Click HERE to register

Educational credit offered:
CME for MD’s, DO’s, PA’s, etc.
CEU for Nurses