Be Ready Utah

Preparedness Recognition Program

The Point

In an effort to increase individual, family, school, business, and community preparedness statewide, the Utah Division of Emergency Management has created adoptable programs with actions to lead participants towards better preparedness. The criteria are specific to families, schools, businesses and communities and are comprised of basic emergency preparedness steps.

Upon adoption of the program and completion of the criteria, successful entities will be recognized on the Be Ready Utah website, in Be Ready social media, and will receive a custom Be Ready logo for use on websites and printed materials, and a certificate.

Do This

In order to participate, select the appropriate program: Family, School, Business, or Community. Then review and complete each of the required preparedness steps for the program you selected. Once you have completed all of the criteria for that program click on the recognition form to apply for recognition.

What You Get





On The Website

Recognition on the Be Ready Utah Website!

On Social Media

Recognition over Be Ready Utah Social Media!



Be Ready Family Preparedness Steps

Make a Plan

  1. Create a Family Disaster Plan
  2. Write down known risks in your area
  3. Learn proven protective actions for those risks (evacuate; shelter-in-place; “Drop, Cover and Hold on”; stand-by; move to higher ground; etc.)
  4. Identify and arrange an out-of-state telephone contact
  5. A long-distance relative or close friend
  6. Everyone in the family knows all the contact information
  7. Everyone knows to check in during an emergency
  8. The out-of-state telephone contact relays information to other family members
  9. Identify one meeting place outside your home and one meeting place outside your neighborhood
  10. Store extra food and water in your home to last for at least one to two weeks
  11. Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each family members bed at night
  12. Conduct a Home Hazard Hunt to ensure your water heater is securely fastened to the wall, tall furniture is securely fastened to the wall, objects are moved away from beds, heavy objects are moved from high shelves to low shelves, etc.
  13. Write a family wildfire action plan.

Get a Kit

  1. Assemble a personalized disaster supply kit for each member of your family
  2. Suggested items to include: a three-day supply of food and water, change of clothes, medications, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, book or toy, copies of important documents on a flash drive, cash, etc.
  3. If you have pets, assemble an emergency kit for pets (food, water, leash, cage, etc.)

Be Informed

  1. Visit the Be Ready Utah website (gov) and learn something new about preparedness
  2. Identify your local emergency management office or website, or follow them on social media
  3. Learn about other possible preparedness website resources, such as National Weather Service (, American Red Cross (, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (, etc.
  4. Follow Be Ready Utah on Twitter (@bereadyutah) and/or Facebook

Get involved

  1. Get Involved
  2. Conduct at least two of the following: earthquake drill, fire drill or evacuation drill with your family in a six month period
  3. Register for, and participate in, Utah ShakeOut in April
  4. Optional: Join a Citizen Corps pillar program (CERT, MRC, VIPS, Neighborhood Watch, or Fire Corps) in your area, or help a person with access and functional needs (elderly, hearing or seeing disabled, mobility disabled, language barriers, bed-ridden, etc.) get prepared for emergencies
  5. Optional: Join a Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (non-governmental, non-profit, or faith based organizations)
  6. Other

Renew every year by returning to and completing the update criteria. Questions about Be Ready Family may be addressed to


Be Ready School Preparedness Steps

  1. Identify a school risk/emergency manager
  2. Write or update a school emergency plan
  3. Encourage faculty and staff to have a family disaster plan and disaster supply kits (See Be Ready Family)
  4. Provide the school emergency plan to parents/guardians
  5. Ensure all students’ parent/guardian contact information is up to date
  6. Identify and practice activating at least one parent notification system
  7. Identify one off-site relocation/reunification center
  8. Conduct semi-annual, school-wide drills for the following: fire (evacuation), lock-down, earthquake
  9. Register for, and participate in, Utah ShakeOut in April
  10. Complete at least three of the Masters of Disaster modules in the 4th and 5th grades (elementary schools only)
  11. Participate in a Be Ready Schools/Masters of Disaster assembly after completion of three Masters of Disaster modules (elementary schools)
  12. Create a CERT (Campus Emergency Response Team) in the school; identify a CERT staging area
  13. Follow Be Ready Utah and Be Ready Schools on Twitter (@bereadyutah) and/or Facebook

Renew annually by completing the update criteria at Questions about Be Ready Schools may be addressed to


Be Ready Business Preparedness Steps

Make a Plan

  1. Identify a company Risk/Emergency Manager
  2. Write or update a Business Continuity Plan

Get a Kit

  1. Store food and water to support employees at work during a disaster
  2. Encourage all employees to have a family disaster plan and disaster supply kits (See Be Ready Family)

Be Informed

  1. Complete the Be Ready Business 12 Point Continuity of Operations course (see Be Ready Business)
  2. Attend at least four Private Sector Preparedness Council meetings annually (see Be Ready Business)
  3. Follow Be Ready Utah on Twitter (@bereadyutah) and/or Facebook

Get Involved

  1. Hold a company health, safety or emergency preparedness fair
  2. Conduct company-wide evacuation and earthquake drills at least twice a year
  3. Register for, and participate in, Utah ShakeOut in April (counts as one drill)
  4. Attend one Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting (contact local emergency manager)
  5. Participate in, or conduct, one local exercise (tabletop, functional, or full-scale)

Renew bi-annually by completing the criteria above. Questions about Be Ready Business may be addressed to


Be Ready Community Preparedness Steps

Make A Plan

  1. Designate, employ, or appoint a local emergency manager and have an emergency management function
  2. Identify a person to act as Public Information Officer (PIO), join the Utah PIO Association (no charge), and complete the Basic PIO course
  3. Develop or update a jurisdictional Emergency Operations Plan
  4. Develop or update a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan (ask Brad about this)
  5. Develop or update a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Get A Kit

  1. Encourage all government employees to have a family disaster plan and disaster supply kits (See Be Ready Family)

Be Informed

  1. Have access to, and know how to activate, at least two public warning systems in your jurisdiction (EAS, Route Alerting, Telephone Calling Trees, Outdoor Sirens, Highway Message Boards, etc.)
  2. Meet with local elected officials to teach them about the importance of emergency planning and emergency management, solicit their support
  3. Meet your Utah Division of Emergency Management Regional Liaison Officer, exchange contact info, and invite them to participate in a local exercise or planning meeting
  4. Regularly promote emergency preparedness within your community: hold a class or workshop to discuss emergency plans and preparedness principles, hold a local emergency preparedness or safety fair, or have an emergency preparedness booth at a local or county fair, use social media or mailers to distribute preparedness information
  5. Follow Be Ready Utah and Utah Citizen Corps on Facebook and Twitter (@bereadyutah) (@UTCitizenCorps)

Get Involved

  1. If a county, be familiar with and participate in a functioning Local Emergency Planning Committee, meet monthly
  2. Support existing, or organize new, Citizen Corps pillar programs (CERT, MRC, VIPS, Neighborhood Watch, Fire Corps) within your community
  3. Participate in a county Citizen Corps Council, meet regularly
  4. Conduct a local exercise (Workshop, Seminar, Drill, Tabletop Exercise, Functional Exercise or Full-Scale Exercise) for the scenario of your choice
  5. Register for, and participate in, Utah ShakeOut in April
  6. Optional: Encourage and help at least two schools and/or two businesses to adopt and accomplish their respective Be Ready programs
  7. Optional: Encourage participation of non-profit organizations in community preparedness efforts by forming a local VOAD group. VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) may include but are not limited to church groups, the American Red Cross, clubs, community groups, etc.

Renew annually by completing the criteria above. Questions about Citizen Corps may be addressed You may also contact your DEM Regional Liaison Officer. Other questions may be addressed to