On April 19, we encourage residents to participate in the Great Shakeout. The purpose of this event is to help prepare communities and residents for major earthquakes, and to give them practice responding.
In the event of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the Salt Lake Valley:
- An estimated 350,000 people will be displaced.
- 80-85% of homes will have moderate to severe structural damage.
- Basic utility services will be interrupted for weeks or months. No water, sewer, gas, or electricity.
- Residents should plan on supporting themselves for at least 96 hours.
Create both a family and work emergency plan. Include your evacuation strategy, meeting points, out-of-area contacts and special needs.
Build a kit that will sustain you and your loved ones, including pets, for at least four days. If possible, create separate kits for home, work, school, and for your car.
Be informed and get involved. Learn how local schools will serve as recovery sites after a major disaster through the S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods Program.
For more information visit: http://www.bereadyslc.com/ or https://www.shakeout.org/utah/whyparticipate/
Preparation will make all the difference in a disaster.
Chief Karl Lieb