Utah Department of Public Safety

Emergency Management - Utah Center for Domestic Preparedness

buildingUtah is better prepared to deal with an unlikely terrorist attack than most other states in the nation. While several states are expanding their training programs for counter-terrorism, Utah has gone a step further. In 1999, Governor Michael Leavitt created the Utah Center for Domestic Preparedness (UCDP) by executive order. This designated the Division of Emergency Services and Homeland Security to serve as the central coordinating office for domestic preparedness and implementation of weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) programs in the state.

The UCDP rests on the border of Utah and Salt Lake counties, at the Utah National Guard's Camp Williams. It consists of two buildings and a communications tower. The north building houses the center's offices and a state-of-the-art training room. The south UCDP building serves as an alternate state emergency operations center for DES, with a training room and emergency operations offices.

The UCDP is divided into six program areas, including planning, training, equipment research and development, information sharing, and public health and medical services. Special resources have been made available to Utah from the federal government through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. These resources include more than $50 million in funding, equipment and training resources to deal with the unlikely event of a chemical weapon incident at Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele County. The center works to ensure federal and state preparedness efforts are in harmony, as well as to coordinate and integrate state and federal programs.

classroomUCDP is also the state's counterpart to the National Domestic Preparedness Office, an interagency body formed by the U.S. Justice Department to coordinate planning and communication efforts at the federal level.

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[Last Update - Friday, 08-Mar-2013 16:25:54 MST]