How We Created a Vision:
People and

Process for Creating the Vision

Members of the Disaster Resilience Action Team were selected by Governor Gary Herbert and Envision Utah to represent a spectrum of professional experience and political affiliations. Team members included emergency managers, infrastructure specialists, and other experts from across the state. From 2013 to 2015, the action team met to identify Utahns’ choices related to disaster resilience, create scenarios for public input, and synthesize a vision for the future. The process of creating this vision also included the following components:

The action team used this information to create four different scenarios for the future of disaster resilience in Utah. The four scenarios each represented varying levels of disaster resilience. In spring 2015, these scenarios were presented to the public in the Your Utah, Your Future survey, and 52,845 Utahns weighed in.

After receiving public input on the four scenarios, the action team met to frame a vision, including goals and strategies, to achieve what Utahns said they wanted for disaster resilience in 2050.


Disaster Resilience Action Team


Lisa Grow Sun

J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

Kris Hamlet

Utah Division of Emergency Management



  • Ann Allen
    Intermountain Healthcare
  • Brad Bartholomew
    Utah Division of Emergency Management
  • Scott Brown
    Questar Gas
  • Lonnie Bullard
    Jacobsen Construction
  • Jason Davis
    Utah Department of Transportation
  • Bob Grow
    Ogden Regional Medical Center
  • Debbie Kim
    Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness
  • Jeff King
    Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
  • Robert McIntyre
    Walgreens District Manager
  • Joaquin Mixco
    Utah Department of Transportation
  • Chris Parker
    Utah Division of Public Utilities
  • Marty Shaub
    University of Utah, Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Amy Shingleton
    Rocky Mountain Power
  • Keith Squires
    Utah Division of Emergency Management
  • Richard Walje
    Rocky Mountain Power
  • Judy Watanabe
    Utah Division of Emergency Management