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Utah gears up for annual Great ShakeOut on April 18

By Gloria Albrecht - | Apr 10, 2024

Get ready to practice earthquake survival skills on April 18th this year and join the thousands of Utahns already registered with The Great ShakeOut

As Utah’s seismic activity remains a prevalent concern, the state prepares for its annual Great ShakeOut event on April 18, aiming to educate and empower residents in earthquake preparedness and safety measures.

With 90% of Utah’s population residing in active earthquake zones, the importance of readiness cannot be overstated. Currently, nearly 700,000 participants statewide have registered for the ShakeOut, with 5,290 individuals in Sanpete County alone, highlighting the widespread engagement in earthquake preparedness efforts.

The Great ShakeOut initiative emphasizes the significance of being prepared for major earthquakes and practicing response protocols to safeguard lives and minimize damage. By registering with The Great Utah ShakeOut, participants contribute to the collective effort in enhancing community resilience.

Through the ShakeOut’s comprehensive resources available on its website, including drill manuals, multimedia materials, and informational flyers, individuals, educators, healthcare workers, and government agencies can access vital information tailored to their specific needs.

Utah’s susceptibility to seismic events is underscored by its history of damaging earthquakes and the geological evidence suggesting the likelihood of future significant tremors. The state averages a magnitude 6 earthquake every 15 to 20 years, with the seismic belt along the Wasatch Front posing the highest risk due to its dense population centers.

In the event of an earthquake, The Great ShakeOut advises residents to follow safety protocols diligently. Indoors, individuals should drop to the ground, take cover under sturdy furniture, and hold on until the shaking subsides. Remaining indoors until it is safe to exit is generally recommended, as most injuries occur during movement within buildings.

For those outdoors during an earthquake, finding a clear spot away from structures and objects that could pose a hazard is essential. Similarly, drivers should pull over to a safe location, stay inside their vehicles with seatbelts fastened, and avoid bridges or ramps until the shaking ceases.

While earthquake-related injuries primarily result from collapsing structures, flying debris, and falling objects, minimizing movement during the tremor can significantly reduce the risk of harm.

As Utahns gear up to participate in the Great ShakeOut on April 18, they join thousands across the state in honing their earthquake survival skills and bolstering their preparedness efforts. Through proactive engagement and community collaboration, Utah continues its commitment to fostering resilience and safety in the face of seismic threats.


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