Get ready to shake during 2014 ShakeOut!

Get ready to shake during 2014 ShakeOut!
Posted on 04/11/2014

Here’s a bit of a wakeup call: if a 7.0 magnitude earthquake were to strike the Wasatch Fault in the Salt Lake Valley tomorrow, it would lead to an estimated $35.4 billion in building losses, cause up to 4,400 severe casualties and displace 97,700 households.

How would an earthquake like this affect you? Your family? Your business?


The Great Utah ShakeOut is a large-scale earthquake drill that helps everyone test their knowledge and preparedness. When the “earthquake” strikes at 10:15 a.m. on April 17, how are you going to react?

Get prepared:

  • Go to www.shakeout.org/utah to find a wealth of information and ways to prepare for all types of organizations.
  • Consider reading the booklet “Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety” with your family, students, coworkers or neighbors.
  • Identify and address hazards in your home, business, or school. This may include items that could fall during an earthquake or unsecured furniture and equipment.
  • Refresh emergency supplies such as food, water, first aid kits, flashlights, fuel and fire extinguishers. Be prepared for the possibility that you may have to shelter in place in the event of an actual disaster.
  • Identify building weaknesses and review your insurance coverage.
  • Make a communications plan. How will you contact family and friends?

Between now and April 17:

  • Register at www.shakeout.org/utah in order to be counted in the drill and to receive email updates and valuable preparedness tips.
  • Consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes your area and make a plan for how you will prepare in advance, protect yourself and recover quickly.
  • Talk to others about their plans and encourage them to join you in getting better prepared.

On April 17 at 10:15 a.m.:

  • DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON! Drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on to it as if a major earthquake were happening. Stay down for at least 60 seconds. Check www.shakeout.org/utah for tips on what to do if you’re outside, driving, in a tall building or other situations. People with special needs can download ShakeOut’s preparedness guide from the website as well.
  • While still under the table (or wherever you are), look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on your or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after the quake? What will you do to recover quickly?
  • Practice what your family, business, school, neighborhood or place of worship will do after the shaking stops.
  • After your drill is complete, have discussions about what was learned and incorporate these lessons into your disaster plan.

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