According to shakeout.gov, “90% of Utah’s population lives in active earthquake zones.” The website continues, saying, “Large earthquakes are possible anywhere in Utah, but they are most likely in a ‘seismic belt’ about 100 miles wide extending north – south along the Wasatch Front and through Richfield to Cedar City and St. George. Utah averages a magnitude 6 earthquake once every 15 to 20 years.”
A statement from the Department of Safety said, “We ask that instructors who are teaching classes at that time take 5 minutes or less to explain that the state of Utah is conducting an earthquake safety awareness exercise and that we all need to be reminded of these four steps in response to a real earthquake:
- ‘Drop, cover and hold on.’. Drop to the floor or ground. F, find somewhere to obtain cover for your head and body if possible, and hold on until the shaking stops.
- ‘Check for injuries in the immediate area.’. Once the shaking stops check the area around you for people that are injured. Attempt to assist them if possible.
- ‘Evacuate the building.’. Evacuate the building if possible; however, do it using caution. There could be falling objects and exposed wires that could cause additional harm. Help others evacuate if possible. Evacuate to an open area outside away from power poles, buildings and other objects that could fall. Assist others as much as possible.
- ‘Have available your personal 72-hour emergency kit.’. These emergency kits should have a supply of food, water, clothing, blankets, work gloves, medications and personal care items, etc.”
The emergency preparedness website, shakeout.gov, also stated, “We all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.”