At 10:15 a.m. on April 15, 2021, hundreds of thousands of Utahns will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great Utah ShakeOut, the state’s largest earthquake drill ever! All local governments and their agencies are encouraged to participate in the drill, or plan a more extensive exercise.
As we were reminded last year, major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is an organized opportunity to practice how to protect yourself, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community.
Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? To respond quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.
Millions of people worldwide have participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills since 2008. The first Utah ShakeOut was held in 2012 as part of a statewide earthquake response exercise.
Here are a few suggestions for what local governments and agencies can do to participate in the ShakeOut. More information is at the ShakeOut’s website.
Plan Your Drill:
• Register to be counted as participating, get email updates, and more.
• Download a Drill Broadcast recording.
• Have a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill at 10:15 a.m. on April 15. You may also want to coordinate an exercise of your emergency plan.
• Discuss what you learned and make improvements.
Get Prepared for Earthquakes:
• Check your emergency supplies and equipment; make sure they are accessible and functional.
• Inspect your facilities for items that might fall and cause injury, and secure them.
• Encourage employees to prepare at home.
• Provide first aid and response training for employees.
Share the ShakeOut:
• Encourage employees to ask their friends, families, and neighbors to register.
• Agencies with outreach roles can include ShakeOut messaging in their routine activities.
• Find posters, flyers, and other materials for promoting the ShakeOut.
• Share photos and stories of your drill.