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Winter Weather Preparedness



Winter is here.

Old Man Winter is ready to breathe his icy breath over our state. How you prepare now will help you respond if winter weather becomes dangerous.

Winter storms can be deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Fatalities occur in traffic accidents on icy roads, from heart attacks while shoveling snow, and from hypothermia due to prolonged exposure to cold.

Of fatalities related to ice and snow:

  • About 70% occur in automobiles
  • About 25% are people caught out in the storm
  • Majority are males over 40 years old
Of deaths related to exposure to cold:
  • 50% are people over 60 years old
  • Over 75% are males
  • About 20% occur inside the home

Read more here:

From the National Weather Service

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Save The Date




The 2015 Governor's Public Safety Summit will be held May 5-6 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.


Here's where you register





The Great Utah ShakeOut will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015

On April 16, 2015, hundreds of thousands of participants will participate in the largest emergency drill in Utah. In 2014, more than 835,000 people participated.

After your drill, you can upload photos, stories or videos to the ShakeOut website by logging into your profile.


Take time to ramp up your preparedness by visiting our BeReadyUtah.gov program

Since 2012, more than 2.5 million Utahns have participated in our annual drop, cover and hold on drill! Thanks to everyone for making this the state's largest earthquake drill ever. Click the image above to visit the ShakeOut website. You can also download your own banners to display on your website, blog or Facebook page from the Resources section of the site.

Want to know who participated? Here's the list

Show your participation by downloading your own web or social media images and banners here.

Follow the ShakeOut on Twitter: @UtahShakeOut or by using the hashtag #shakeout there, on Pinterest, Tumblr or Instagram. Check us out on Facebook, too: Facebook.com/UtahShakeOut


You can also upload photos to our Tumblr blog.



The 2015 Utah PIO Association annual conference will be held Sept. 29-30 at the Courtyard Marriott in St. George.



[Last Update - Wednesday, 18-Mar-2015 12:10:02 MDT]