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Preparing for an Earthquake

The Great
Utah ShakeOut

a statewide earthquake drill, is scheduled for April 17, 2014

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Experts say an earthquake
on the Wasatch Front is about
30 years overdue.

We want to help you and your family be ready when the big one strikes. Take a look below to see how you can prepare and to test your earthquake knowledge and come to the 2014 Preparedness & Response Expo on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 2 pm - 8 pm - Families welcome! 

What to Expect in an Earthquake


What does Drop, Cover, and Hold On mean? 

During an earthquake, find something sturdy to duck under to be better protected from falling objects. 

Drop Cover and Hold on

Be Ready

  Register your cell phone to receive emergency notifications. Landlines are already set up for "reverse 9-1-1" but anyone without a landline needs to sign up their cell number to take advantage of this service.

Salt Lake County's Director of Emergency Services Jeff Graviet partnered with KBYU to create a series of videos about getting ready for an earthquake.

  • Family Plan

Your family members aren’t always going to be in the same place when a disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important to create your family plan now, so that your family members know who to call and where to go to locate one another. 


  • Get a Kit

Emergency Kit In the aftermath of a disaster, you and your family are going to need the essentials. Put together your 72-hour emergency kits that contain basic essentials like a flash light, food and water; and items specific to your family needs, like medications, diapers, etc.


  • Secure Your Home

Prepare your home so that when the earthquake strikes it can stand up to the quake and be safer for you and your family.

Making home safer