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The Great Utah Shake Out

Post Date:04/05/2018 10:12 AM

House After Earthquake

 Have you ever thought about what you would do during an earthquake here in the Salt Lake Valley? Where would your safe place be?

Each year divisions within the Utah Department of Public Safety invite Utahns to participate in The Great Utah Shakeout. This year’s event is Thursday, April 19, at 10:19 am. Last year, more than 1,000,000 Utahns participated.

Utah Shake Out graphic


Just what is the shakeout? It is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to practice how they would respond in case of an earthquake along the Wasatch front. So what can we do?

When indoors, you can Drop, Cover and Hold On:

  • DROP to the floor
  • Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops. Stay under cover until you are sure it is safe to come out.

If you are outside when the earthquake occurs, find a clear area away from buildings, power lines, streetlights, and trees, then, just like inside, Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Remain there until shaking stops.

If you are driving, stop at a clear area, stay there until the shaking stops, with your seatbelt fastened. Once the shaking stops, continue on your way, but use caution and avoid any damaged infrastructure.

During an earthquake, injuries are rarely caused by the ground shaking. Most injuries and deaths related to earthquakes are the result of walls and roofs collapsing, and flying debris such as glass and other objects. 

For more information on being safe during an earthquake:

The Great Utah Shakeout:

or contact Jeff Mulcahy, Sandy City Emergency Manager: 801-568-7279,

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