Contact: Joe Dougherty, PIO
Utah Division of Emergency Management
Utah supports today's Central U.S. ShakeOut
SALT LAKE CITY -- Today at 9:15 a.m. Mountain time, millions of Americans in nine states around the New Madrid Fault will drop, cover and hold on in a multistate earthquake drill called the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.
The ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill of its kind, involving schools, businesses, faith-based groups, individuals, families, volunteer organizations. ShakeOut drills happen in areas prone to earthquake activity. ShakeOuts happen annually in California, British Columbia, Guam, Idaho, Oregon, New Zealand and Nevada.
Because Utah is also part of earthquake country, hundreds of thousands of Utahns will participate in the Beehive State's first statewide drill, called the Great Utah ShakeOut, on April 17 at 10:15 a.m. Currently, nearly 575,000 Utahns have registered to participate.
For a list of participants, or to figure out how you can build your personal or organization's earthquake preparedness, visit ShakeOut.org/Utah.
The Great Utah ShakeOut comes to Utah as part of a partnership between FEMA Region VIII, the Utah Division of Emergency Management and the Southern California Earthquake Center.