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Time For the Great Utah Shake Out

Time For the Great Utah Shake Out
The is a great way to show how the Red Cross would respond

Ninety percent of Utah’s population lives in active earthquake zones. How prepared are you for the after-effects of an earthquake? The Great Utah Shake Out provides the opportunity to find out. According to Red Cross Communications Director Rich Woodruff “With several fully operational shelters this is a great way to show the public how the Red Cross would respond in a real world disaster. He adds "It also demonstrates the collaboration with emergency management and other volunteer organizations to meet community needs in a disaster if this magnitude.”

The public can participate by staying individually, with friends, or the entire family, in a Red Cross shelter, either overnight or for several hours in the evening or morning. There will be information available on how to build a 72- hour kit and make a plan, as well as other areas of disaster preparedness.

Salt Lake City:

  • A shelter will open at Backman Elementary School on Thursday, 4/16 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (601 N 1500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116)
  • A Shelter will open at Bonneville Elementary School on Thursday, 4/16 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (1145 S 1900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108)
  • A Preparedness Event is scheduled with Deseret Management Group (KSL TV, KSL Radio, KSL.com and Deseret News) as they evacuate their building at 10:00am as part of their “drop, cover, hold” drill. American Red Cross volunteers will be onsite to hand out preparedness information as employees evacuate their buildings.
  • Tooele County:

  • A shelter will open at Stansbury Park High School on Friday, 4/17 at 6:00pm until Saturday, 4/18 at 9:00am, in conjunction with a Tooele County Emergency Preparedness Fair . www.tcem.org
  • The Great Utah Shake Out is held every year in the month of April. The American Red Cross and it’s many partners are always active participants. For more information contact Rich Woodruff @ 801-323-7013 or email Richard.woodruff@redcross.org