The ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on April 18, 2019. This means that wherever you are at that moment—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. Visit http://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps for tips on how to prepare, survive, and recover.
Anyone in Utah can participate, from a single individual at their home to a major company at the office. Talk to your coworkers, neighbors and friends about the ShakeOut and encourage their participation.
Sign up for free at www.ShakeOut.org/Utah/register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.
Who can participate in the ShakeOut?
Everyone! We want every person who works, lives, and plays in Utah to participate in the drill. You can register just your family or your school, business, or organization. The best way to ShakeOut is to personalize the experience for oneself. If you will be at work at 10:15 a.m. on April 18, 2019, have your entire office practice what they would do in an earthquake. If you are at school, have your class drill. Make a plan with your family. Designate an out-of-state contact. Imagine a real earthquake and how you would actually react to it!
There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, scouts, and others to participate in the ShakeOut, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share what you're doing with others so they can do the same. The links below have customized ideas for what you or your organization can do.