Whole Community Preparedness Coalitions


Community preparedness involves all organizations within the community. A framework to organize this effort is provided to help your community make a Whole Community Preparedness Coalition. Local coalitions come in all shapes and sizes and go by different names. Find the leaders of the various community partners, invite them to the table, and discover ways to work together to prepare your community.


  • Get involved by joining an existing Whole Community Preparedness Coalition


  • Work with your local elected leaders to build a Whole Community Preparedness Coalition in your community.
  • Register your Coalition with the State of Utah Citizen Corps Coordinator. 

Find a Coalition

Contact your Local municipality to find out if they have one, or contact Be Ready Utah and ask for a list of Coalitions near you. 

Register a Coalition

Register your local Whole Community Preparedness Coalition by emailing Be Ready Utah and requesting your coalition be registered. 

Whole Community Preparedness Coalitions (WCPC) are synonymous in purpose and function as COAD and Citizen Corps. This concept involves all the partners from all the various community sectors and provides a forum where they can work together.

WCPC Vision: Communities that are safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to all hazards.

WCPC Purpose: To provide a whole community forum where partners can meet and work together, breaking down siloes and building partnerships so when disaster strikes we can all work together.

WCPC  Mission: To engage the whole community in emergency planning and preparedness, and to empower every individual through education, training, and volunteer service opportunities. WCPC promotes a self-sustaining culture of emergency preparedness for all individuals and communities; and unites the emergency management community to coordinate efforts necessary to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, disasters, and catastrophic events.

WCPC Activities: Identifying partner needs and capabilities, sharing emergency plans, coordinating events and projects, and sharing information with partner constituents.

General WCPC Program Policy

A WCPC Program can exist at a City or County or State level.

  • Be approved by and registered with the State of Utah, keep registry up to date.
  • Be approved by the local government and sponsored by a local government organization (Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Public Works, or Elected Official).
  • Designate a program point of contact. (The program manager who runs the day to day affairs of the coalition)
  • Designate a program sponsor point of contact. (The one ultimately responsible for the program and designates who the program manager is)

Tools and Resources

The following tools and resources will help to learn about, start, sustain, and improve Whole Community Preparedness Coalitions (WCPC).

WCPC Prezi

This Prezi describes all the parts of a Whole Community Preparedness Coalition and how it works.

WCPC Prezi

WCPC Toolkit

This toolkit contains ideas, templates, resources, etc. to help WCPC's fulfill their purpose and mission.

WCPC Toolkit
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Disasterville is a whole community disaster table top activity, and is great tool for:

  • Recruitment and Conversation Starting
  • Sponsor By-In
  • Training and Exercise
  • Preparedness Education

Disasterville Toolkit
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Neighborhood Rapid Disaster Assessment Toolkit

This is an alternative solution to the Block Captain Program. This allows anyone to fill a role and perform the task of assessing your community post disaster.

Neighborhood Rapid Disaster Assessment Toolkit

Whole Community Partners

The following are a few partner programs that may have an interest in joining a local WCPC. 

Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD)

VOAD is a coalition of non-profit non-government organizations that help in disasters. Work with Utah VOAD to organize a community VOAD. Also see National VOAD.


Private Sector Preparedness Council

A Private Sector Preparedness Council (PSPC) helps connect the community's private sector to emergency preparedness principles and practices.

Private Sector Preparedness Councils
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Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch Training empowers community members to be the eyes and ears for law enforcement. The Neighborhood Watch Toolkit may provide valuable information to help you in your efforts. Also see the National Neighborhood Watch page

Neighborhood Watch Toolkit

Community Emergency Response Team

CERT training empowers your community to organize and safely respond to disasters. See the CERT Website to learn more about CERT.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Community Animal Response Team (CART)

CART empowers community planning and response for animal related issues. CART is supported by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food which provides tools for local implementation. 

Community Animal Response Team (CART)