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Utah's Great ShakeOut Day is Thursday, April 21

Article Published 04/18/2016

Millions of people worldwide practice how to”Drop, Cover, and Hold On” each year during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Utah’s own Great ShakeOut Day is Thursday, April 21, 10:15 a.m.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes – wherever you live, work, or travel.

This means that wherever you are at that moment (10:15 a.m.) — at home, at work, at school, anywhere — you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.

There will not be any freeway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake, unless your local government or utility company specifically notifies you about something of this nature.

The ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work to participate in—in fact, participating at work is encouraged! Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and have their employees practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On or have a more extensive emergency drill.

The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Utahns prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. 

-You can also register to hold your ShakeOut drill on any day of the year.

-To register, or for more information on earthquake preparedness, go to:

www.shakeout.org/utah