Juab County Extension News

Great Utah ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

At 10:15 am on April 17, 2013, thousands of Utahans will drop, cover, and hold on in the Great Utah ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Utah history.  We encourage all Juab County Residents to register at shakeout.org/utah and participate in this important event to help individuals and families be prepared for an earthquake emergency.  A variety of activities and informational video clips to utilize are also on the website.  Register now even if you need to hold your drill at another time or day.  Pass the word on to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate.
 
In preparation for the ShakeOut, USU Extension is hosting a Disaster/Preparedness Open House from now through April 18, 7 am to noon, and 1 pm to 6 pm, at the Juab County Extension office, 160 North Main, Nephi.  A disaster/preparedness display and ‘ShakeOut’ registration station is setup to promote and assist Juab County residents in being prepared ahead of time for emergencies and disasters that may occur.  Some featured topics and resources are: sheltering in place, earthquake preparedness, financial readiness, 72-hour kits, food safety, creating a family emergency plan, creating an evacuation ‘to go’ box, mini first aid supply list, food storage, and much more.
 
Why is earthquake preparedness important in Utah? Utah has experienced damaging earthquakes in the past and geologic evidence indicates that earthquakes larger than any experienced locally in historical time are likely in the future. We must prepare for earthquakes because: Utah is a seismically active region, a majority of Utah's population is concentrated in the areas of greatest hazard, and many of Utah's older buildings and lifelines have low earthquake resistance.
           
Earthquake preparedness
 
Before an earthquake:

·         Prepare an emergency kit of food, water, and emergency supplies.
·         Know the safe spots in each room.  These would be under sturdy desks, tables, or against interior walls.
·         Stay in bed, if there when the earthquake starts.  Protect your head with a pillow.
·         Use a doorway only if you know it is a bearing wall.
·         Know the danger spots in each room.  These would be near a window, mirror, fireplace, or unsecured furniture.
·         Conduct a practice drill for your family.
·         Know where you and your family would relocate if an earthquake were to occur.
·         Learn how to shut off gas, water, and electricity.
·         Secure your water heater, and heavy furniture, picture frames or mirrors, especially those over beds.     

During an earthquake:

·         Indoors—take cover under a sturdy object, crouch and cover your head with your arms.  Do not use elevators.
·         Outdoors—get into an open area, away from trees or tall buildings.
·         Stay away from windows and outside walls.
·         In vehicles—stop as quickly as possible, and avoid stopping by large buildings, trees, or overpasses.  Proceed      cautiously watching for road and bridge damage.
·         Trapped—do not light a match.
·         Do not move or kick up dust; cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
·         Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you.  Use a whistle if available.  Shout only as a last resort; it can cause you to inhale dust.

After an earthquake:

·         Open cabinets cautiously.
·         Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical, and sewer lines.
·         Check for cracks and damage in your home.
·         Turn on your portable radio for reports.
·         Do not use your vehicle; keep streets clear for emergency vehicles.
·         Be prepared for aftershocks. 
·         If you evacuate, leave a note for family members.
·         Stay calm and lend a helping hand to others.

Where earthquakes have occurred before, they will happen again. For more information on disaster and emergency preparedness visit: www.bereadyutah.gov, www.fema.gov, www.extension.usu.edu/ueden, www.redcross.org. 

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