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Emergency Management Disaster Cycle

Preparedness activities increase a community's ability to respond when a disaster occurs. Typical preparedness measures include developing mutual aid agreements and memorandums of understanding, training for both response personnel and concerned citizens, conducting disaster exercises to reinforce training and test capabilities, and presenting all-hazards education campaigns.

Actions carried out immediately before, during, and after a hazard impact are aimed at saving lives, reducing economic losses, and alleviating suffering. Response actions may include: activating the Emergency Operations Center, evacuating threatened populations, opening shelters and providing mass care, emergency rescue and medical care, fire fighting, and urban search and rescue.

Actions taken to return a community to normal or near-normal conditions include the restoration of basic services and the repair of physical, social and economic damages. Typical recovery actions include debris cleanup, financial assistance to individuals and governments, rebuilding of roads and bridges and key facilities, and sustained mass care for displaced human and animal populations.

Mitigation refers to measures that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Typical mitigation measures include establishing building codes and zoning requirements, installing shutters, and constructing barriers such as levees.

Davis County Hazards

Natural Hazards (hazards that derive from nature)

  • Flooding
  • Earthquakes
  • Wildfires
  • Mass Movements (landslides, liquefaction, rockfalls, avalanches)
  • Severe Weather Storms (primarily wind and winter)
  • Drought


Technological Hazards (human made)

  • Structure Fires
  • HazMat Incidents
  • CBRNE Incidents
  • Homeland Security Incidents


Davis County Past Significant Hazards


Date: September 8, 2020

On September 8, 2020 a severe windstorm with hurricane force winds struck northern Utah resulting in millions of dollars in damage and one death. In response to this event Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency and called the Utah National Guard. On January 12, 2021 President Donald Trump approved the major disaster declaration for Utah.



Date: March 18, 2020

On March 18, 2020 at approximately 7:09 am a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Magna, UT and was strongly felt along the Wasatch Front. The largest aftershocks following the mainshock were two magnitude 4.6 shocks that occurred the same day of the mainshock. To date, there have been 36 aftershocks of magnitude 3 and larger. On July 9, 2020, President Donald Trump approved the major disaster declaration for Utah.


Covid-19 Pandemic

Date: 2020 - 2022 (ongoing)

On January 21, 2020, the US confirmed its first case of Coronavirus Disease 2019, more commonly referred to as COVID-19. Announced on March 6, 2020, Utah confirmed its first known case of COVID-19 from a Davis County resident; the same day, Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency for Utah. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency under the Stafford Act. In December 2020, the US began administering COVID-19 vaccinations. As of April 14, 2021, Davis County has experienced over 36,861cases and 162 deaths resulting from COVID-19 complications. 



Date: December 1, 2011

On December 1, 2011, a severe windstorm with hurricane force winds struck northern Utah, focusing its destruction on Davis County and resulting in an estimated $20 million in damages. Davis County declared a state of emergency the day of the storm and assistance was requested from Utah State.


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