Ask an Expert: prepare to protect

Oct 21, 2021
A sheet headlined, "Emergency Preparedness Checklist."
USU Extension

National Preparedness Month is held each September to raise awareness about preparing for disasters and emergencies. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”


The Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) Public Assistance program has given an additional ten million dollars in funds to the state of Utah for COVID relief. 

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced Wednesday that it has approved more than $292 million in total assistance for Utah. The press release says the funds will support the state’s fight against COVID-19 over the last 18 months and will be used by Utah tribes, counties, cities, individuals and other state and local partners.

The Herald Journal

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced they would be changing the way FEMA calculates rates for the National Flood Insurance Program. This means that several Utahns will be paying less.

FEMA has provided the city of West Jordan more than $160,000 for repairs to a water storage tank. The funds are provided from the agency’s Public Assistance program as part of a major disaster declaration issued in 2020.

Utah Conservation Corps


The Disaster Services Unit of AmeriCorps has requested the Utah Conservation Corps deploy from July 27 to August 19 to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency in distributing information materials about the COVID vaccination in Clark County, Nevada. 

FEMA warns Utah residents to prepare for seasonal rains showers that could flood roadways and homes
Saint George News

Representatives from a federal agency overseeing flood insurance payouts is warning Utah residents to prepare now for potentially heavy seasonal rain storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hoping to help homeowners avoid problems that happen when weather patterns are unpredictable.  

Four months after Hurrican Maria, much of Puerto Rico still has basic needs like light and clean water going unmet. Utah volunteers are trying to change that.

After FEMA was mistakenly reported to being pulling aid from Puerto Rico, several organizations, including those in Utah, are reminding Americans that much of the island is still without power and clean water.

About 100 Washington County homes were evacuated Tuesday night as the Saddle Wildfire burned threateningly close to the private properties. The federal government has recognized the fire as an emergency situation and is authorizing funds to help pay for firefighting efforts.