Before a disaster, men and women will make a choice. They will choose to be victims of the disaster or victors over the disaster. One choice requires no action whatsoever and ends in despair. The other requires preparatory action but results in safety, refuge and peace of mind.
E. Tal Ehlers, MEP – Uintah County Emergency Manager
The Uintah County Office of Emergency Management seeks to promote a safer, less vulnerable County community with the resiliency necessary to cope with hazards and disasters. The office is situated on the third floor of the Uintah County Public Safety Complex located at 641 East 300 South in Vernal.
Mission: The Uintah County Office of Emergency Management protects the community by coordinating the activities necessary to build, sustain and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
County Emergency Management maintains the county's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). An EOC is a location from which centralized emergency management and a coordinated response can be performed during a major emergency or disaster.
The County Emergency Manager oversees the coordination of a cadre of disaster and safety volunteers.
Message from Tal Ehlers, County Emergency Manager:
Thank you for visiting the Uintah County Emergency Management Website! I hope you will find the information contained on these pages helpful.
As you create your personal, family and business emergency preparedness plans remember this basic principle. Every living being needs the same items to endure an incident or disaster. Food, Water, Clothing, Shelter and Fuel. If you have these simple commodities available to you then you can handle just about anything.
There are multiple resources available locally and online to help you to become prepared for the majority of disasters we may face in the Uintah Basin. There are also a number of emergency preparedness training opportunities available to the public each year. I invite you to get involved! If you don’t know where to start then please contact my office at (435) 781-5466 for more information. I look forward to assisting you in the development of your emergency plans.
Uintah County Office of Emergency Management
641 East 300 South #375
Vernal, UT 84078
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
CodeRED Seconds Count In An Emergency!
Uintah County has instituted the CodeRED Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency and public outreach notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the county in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child or evacuation notices) and for community outreach.
The system is capable of dialing 50,000 phone calls per hour. It then delivers our recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number.
The Offices of Emergency Management in Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah and the Ute Tribe will periodically activate a CodeRED non-emergency/public awareness phone campaign to update the system. Phone numbers and emails in the CodeRED system need to be periodically updated. Exercising the CodeRED service through public notifications, and not just through emergency warnings, provides emergency management the ability to update the system and maintain current data. This benefits Uintah Basin citizens because it precludes the system from calling phone numbers that are no longer active; thereby speeding the delivery of notifications to local residents.
If the public has questions regarding the region's use of CodeRED they may contact Uintah County Emergency Manager Tal Ehlers at 435-781-5466.
Examples of times when the CodeRED system could be utilized:
- Drinking water contamination
- Utility outage
- Evacuation notice & route
- Missing person
- Fires or Floods
- Bomb threat
- Hostage situation
- Chemical spill or Gas leak
and other emergency incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety.
Uintah County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Fourth Wednesday of every month at the County EOC
641 East 300 South #375
Vernal, UT 84078.
Basic CERT Course will be held in the fall (Sept and Oct).