Emergency Preparedness Coordination

Contact Information

Emergency Manager
Asst. CHPD Chief Paul Brenneman

Assistant Emergency Manager
Julie Sutch

Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Management Division coordinates city resources and citizen volunteers to minimize the loss of life and property from all hazards. Innovated programs are offered to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from man made and natural hazards.The Cottonwood Heights Emergency Management team and Police Department are encouraging all citizens to register their phones for reverse notifications, in case officials need to contact residents in case of disaster or other emergencies. 
Emergency Management is involved in a number of services before, during and after natural or man-made disasters.  All activities fall within the “four phases” of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  Services are provided primarily to residents and businesses in the community.  Emergency Management also actively works at the county, state and federal level to integrate the best practices into the city’s emergency plan.



To receive emergency notifications, you need to register (and update) your primary telephone number and all associated numbers with local 9-1-1 centers.

For CH residents, go to: http://www.vecc9-1-1.com/voip-registration/.

The registration process and instructions can be downloaded here

Currently, there are just under 17,000 residences and businesses (estimated) in Cottonwood Heights. Of those locations, 8,977 have “land lines” (hard wired). All hard lines in Cottonwood Heights are

The Valley Emergency Communication Center (VECC) says that all “land lines” are automatically registered for reverse notifications, but that there are only 334 Internet (VOIP) and cell phone lines registered in Cottonwood Heights.

The reverse notification process allows home and business owners who use cell phones as their primary contact to be alerted in case they are away from the area.

Please register your primary residential or business phone number, so that emergency officials can contact you in case of a disaster, health or public safety event.

Living in the Wildland Urban Interface Zone

Fire SafetyEach year, wildland fires consume hundreds of homes in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Studies show that as many as 80 percent of the homes lost to wildland fires could have been saved if their owners had followed simple fire-safe practices. In addition, wildland fire-related deaths occur because people wait too long to leave their home.

Your fire department takes every precaution to help protect you and your property from wildland fire. However, in a major wildland fire event, there may simply not be enough fire resources or firefighters to defend every home.

Successfully preparing for a wildland fire enables you to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family, and your property. This guide provides tips and tools you need to prepare for a wildland fire threat; have situational awareness when a fire starts; and to act early as directed by local officials.

Defensible Space Works

If you live next to a natural area, the Wildland Urban Interface, you should provide firefighters with the defensible space they need to protect your home. Create a buffer zone by removing weeds, brush and other vegetation. This helps keep the fire away from your home and reduces the risk from flying embers. Fire preparedness education programs provide valuable guidance on property enhancements.

Homes on the Wildland Boundary are at Risk too

A home within one mile of a natural areas is in the ember zone. Wind-driven embers can attack your home. You and your home must be prepared well before a fire occurs. Ember fires can destroy homes or neighborhoods far from the actual front of the wildland fire. Prepare your home with the following tips.

Consider This

Unmanaged vegetation between and around homes increases the risk of wildland fire spreading throughout the community, endangering lives and property. Pre-fire planning, fuels management, and sufficient fuel breaks allow firefighters the space they need to keep fire from entering the community during a wildland fire event.

Links and Valuable Disaster Preparedness Resources and Links

Flood Preparedness Guide (PDF)

Be Ready Utah Disaster Supply List (PDF)

Prepare your home for Wildfires (PDF)

USGS Earthquake Forecast Wasatch Front (PDF).

Wildfire Hazards: Risks & Mitigation (PDF).

To learn more about keeping yourself and your family prepared, click here.

Get Prepared, Get Trained, Get involved. 

Salt Lake County Flood Control.

Report an Emergency to Dominion Energy

To learn more about Business Continuity Planning, click here.

To learn more about the city's Emergency Planning process, click here.

To learn more about how the city mitigates potential disasters, click on our Risk Assessment page here.
To access Be Ready Utah, click here.

For more information on disaster planning, click here.

To access the FEMA.gov website, click here.

To learn more about the Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club, click here.

Access the National Safety Council here

Utah's Red Cross chapter also has helpful information and resources.

You can also get tips and information from the Utah State Emergency Management department.

To reach the Center for Disease Control & Prevention click here. For CDC information on Natural Disasters & Severe Weather, click here