Emergency Preparedness & Response

The mission of the Emergency Preparedness & Response Division of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to enhance the capability and capacity of individuals and communities; to prepare for , respond to, and recover from man-made or natural disasters that affect the health of the southwest Utah population.

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.

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 available 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.

The Pandemic Influenza Response Plan for Southwest Utah District (Plan) provides guidance to Public health – (SWUPHD) and district partners regarding detection, response, and recovery from an influenza pandemic.  The Plan describes the unique challenges posed by a pandemic that may necessitate specific leadership decisions, response actions, and communications mechanisms. 

To read more about SWUPHD Pandemic Influenza Response Plan click HERE.


Paulette Valentine
Director of Emergency Preparedness
(435) 986-2579

Michael Gale
Regional Medical Surge Coordinator
(435) 986-2589

Suz Roam
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
(435) 986-2556

Plan 9

What are the 9 “Must Haves” you will need to shelter in place when a disaster strikes?

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

What is the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)?

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally, to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. 

What do MRC Volunteers do?

Volunteers prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, earthquakes, blizzards, floods, and other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They may also participate in community activities that promote healthy habits. 

Where can I find more information on MRC and becoming a volunteer?

Utah Notification & Info System (UNIS)

What is UNIS?

The Utah Department of Health created the statewide UNIS System as an emergency notification system to be used both within your organization and with other local, county, and state partners.  It is a confidential and secure system to contact and inform key personnel in the event of an emergency or disaster.  Notifications can be sent to personnel via phone, email, fax, pager or text messaging.

Click HERE to register for UNIS

For more information, contact:

Michael Gale
Regional Medical Surge Coordinator
(435) 986-2589