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The Great Utah Shakeout: Prepare for disaster with April 13 conference

By Joe Dougherty

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 31 2013 12:38 p.m. MDT

Start preparing for disaster by attending the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo on Saturday, April 13, at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. This is the largest preparedness conference in the state.

Michael De Groote, Deseret News.,

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Editor’s note: This is the 11th of a series of columns to help Utahns get ready for emergencies, disasters and the Great Utah ShakeOut 2013. Read the rest of the articles here.

An earthquake shakes the firm ground you stand on. A flood fills your sanctuary with mud. Fire turns everything to ash. Disaster leaves you with a lot of broken pieces. Preparing now will help you put the pieces back together if disaster should ever strike.

Utah’s recovery from a major disaster will take work from everyone. That’s why Emergency Essentials and the Deseret News have been a part of this column, running weekly since January. Over the next few weeks as the Great Utah ShakeOut — now with nearly 800,000 participants — comes and goes, we need to think about what we will do in the aftermath.

Start preparing by attending the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo on Saturday, April 13, at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. This is the largest preparedness conference in the state, making experts available to you.

Sponsored by Utah State University Extension and Be Ready Utah, workshop topics will include sheltering basics, fuel and energy sources, the realities of a disaster, preparing children, cooking with food storage, health and sanitation, first aid, growing your own food and saving seeds, communications, planning for pets and much more. Find the agenda here.

Free preparedness information will be available, as well as emergency supplies for sale.

“You will come away from this conference with more information and tools to make you more ready than ever,” said Ryan Longman, Be Ready Utah program manager.

The conference and expo is designed to teach you how to be more resilient in recovery when disasters happen.

Preparedness expert Jim Phillips will be the conference’s keynote speaker. Phillips is one of America's foremost authorities in family preparedness and personal disaster response and can help you and your family or your company meet the challenges of an uncertain future. Local emergency managers and preparedness experts are also guest presenters. See the full conference agenda here: utahprepare.com. This will be a day of learning beyond the basics.

Full conference and expo registration is $10 — expo registration is $5. Both are available online at utahprepare.com. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the conference runs from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

We hope to see you there. Once you have a chance to learn some tricks and tips, apply them in your own earthquake drill during the Great Utah ShakeOut on April 17.

Joe Dougherty is a preparedness expert and the spokesman for the Utah Division of Emergency Management and Be Ready Utah. Send your preparedness tips to jdougherty@utah.gov. Daily preparedness tips available at twitter.com/bereadyutah.

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