LOCAL NEWS

Thousands across state practice earthquake safety as part of Great Utah ShakeOut

Apr 21, 2022, 12:32 PM | Updated: Jun 10, 2022, 11:55 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of thousands of Utahns participated in a drill Thursday morning to see how prepared they are when an earthquake hits.

It’s part of the Great Utah ShakeOut.

This is the 11th year state leaders have rolled out the program.

We live in earthquake country, so emergency managers say it’s important we’re prepared for the big one.

Students at Calvin Smith Elementary School in Taylorsville put their preparation into practice.

The announcement came over the intercom and students immediately got out of their chairs, dropped to the floor and crouched under the desks.

They were among the nearly 900,000 taking part in the Great Utah ShakeOut – the largest statewide earthquake drill.

Lisa McDonald, Calvin Smith Elementary principal, says they’ve spent weeks preparing students for this day.

“Many of them remember the earthquake from two years ago, so they said, ‘Oh, we had some items break in our house.’”

“The Magna quake was an eyeopener for many people. For many Utahns, maybe the first modern earthquake they’d ever felt. They didn’t really know what to do,” said Wade Mathews with the Utah Division of Emergency Management.

He says the best way to protect yourself is to drop, cover and hold on.

That can play out differently, depending on where you are.

“If you’re in bed, stay in bed and just pull your pillow over your head to protect your face and head from flying debris, things falling off shelves.”

If you’re driving, pull over as soon as you can safely do so and stay in your car.

Mathews says do not run outside or to other rooms during shaking and do not stand in a doorway.

The hope is that after doing these drills, people feel more prepared about the threat of an earthquake.

“I want them to walk away with a plan of what to do if this were to happen again,” McDonald said.

You can still register and schedule a drill for another day and it will count toward the state’s one million participation goal.

Visit the Great Utah ShakeOut website for a list of resources and emergency preparedness tips.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Matt Gephardt being shown the double payments that Terry Hutchings has been getting....

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Get Gephardt helps homeowner being charged two bills for one security system

Billing for a previous home initially stopped when she sold it, but when she got a new security system from the same provider for her new place a year later it started billing for both

4 hours ago

The Utah State Hospital sign in Provo, Utah....

Daniel Woodruff

A developer has big plans for the Utah State Hospital property

The latest effort to move the Utah State Hospital for a new development plan has failed this legislative session.

4 hours ago

Utah County residents vote in-person during the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3, 2020. (KSL-TV)...

Daniel Woodruff

Utah Senate rejects effort to end ranked choice voting early

Utah’s experiment with ranked choice voting will continue after a bill that would have ended the pilot program two years early failed to pass.

5 hours ago

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced February 29 that Heritage Store Hydrogen Peroxide ...

John Towfighi, CNN

Mouthwash recalled nationwide over poisoning risk

One brand of hydrogen peroxide mouthwash is being recalled nationwide for posing a potential poisoning risk for children.

7 hours ago

Comiske riding her stationary bike, something she does every morning....

Emma Benson

Strategies to lengthen your life

The CDC says, on average, women tend to live 5-7 years longer than men because men higher rate of cardiovascular disease, but there are simple, healthy ways to increase your life expectancy.

8 hours ago

A mother holding a newborn in a hospital bed...

Shelby Lofton

Utah family chooses Leap Day for their daughter’s birthday

A Utah family celebrated the birth of their new baby girl who was born on a day that only comes every four years.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Thousands across state practice earthquake safety as part of Great Utah ShakeOut