We hope Utah isn’t counting on any disaster preparedness aid from FEMA. It appears the government agency is going to begin denying preparedness funds to states that have governors who deny the existence of global warming. According to Think Progress, Utah’s Governor Herbert fits into that category squarely.
Funds like these typically trickle down into local agencies for use in all sorts of ways. In the last 5 years, FEMA has given $1 billion to states to help get them ready for a natural disaster. We have to think Utah has received substantial funds for potential flooding, fires, and earthquakes over the past few years. It will be interesting to see whether the governor is willing to back down from his position, especially if this summer brings a high number of forest fires.