News Release — ShakeOut day will not disappoint for preparedness storytelling on April 21
SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Utah ShakeOut is back!
The official time for the annual earthquake drill on April 21 is 10:15 a.m. It’s not too late for the public, businesses, schools, churches or government agencies to sign up at ShakeOut.org/utah.
Already, more than 933,000 have signed up, putting Utah well on its way to reaching our goal of 1 million participants. Remember, preparedness saves time, money, effort, and most importantly, lives. We practice what to do so we respond appropriately.
Each year, the Division of Emergency Management provides a list of venues to help the news media keep coverage fresh. This year is no different. Enjoy the great drills going on this year!
Various social media channels can be used to share the ShakeOut.
Preparedness videos on YouTube
Members of the news media and their stations or offices should also assess their organization’s preparedness. You can help the public by playing a broadcast of the ShakeOut drill, which you can download, along with transcripts here: http://www.shakeout.org/
Graphical downloads, including web banners and Facebook cover images available here:http://www.shakeout.org/
Great Utah ShakeOut public drills
Thursday, April 21
State Capitol Campus:
Where: 350 N. Main Street, Utah State Capitol
University of Utah:
Website here: http://
What: City Center Evacuation at 10:15 and EOC Set-up in Classroom B at Rec center from 8:00-13:00
Where: City Center and Classroom B at Rec center.
Contact: Chris Blinzinger
Visuals: Evacuation of City Center and Set-up and testing of EOC communications.Centerville City:
Venue name: Centerville City
April 21: our city employees will drop, cover and hold on. After which, we will have a meeting with all city employees talking about earthquakes and how they will affect their families and work environments. We will also have a quick communications check in with all 4 districts in our city.
Saturday, April 23: Saturday 9:45 – 10:45
We will have a functional exercise including all 4 districts in our City.
The city will be placing 2 hazard markers in each district indicating broken water/sewer lines, downed power lines etc. The district’s themselves will also set out their own hazard’s and placards.
At 10:00 rapid damage assessors will canvas Centerville and report back to their area IC. The area’s in turn will report to their district IC’s and the districts will then filter information they feel they cannot handle or that the city needs to be aware to handle and report it to the City EOC.
In total we should have 4 ICP and the city EOP functioning and communicating with each other.
Carbon County will host an open discussion on earthquake response in coordination with the Utah Great Shake Out on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Carbon County Events Center
Mountainstar Healthcare drills at participating hospitals will kick off at 11 am
St. Mark’s Hospital (see below), Taylorsville ER (overwhelmed by patients / divert / transport to Jordan Valley Hospital), Lone Peak Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center, Mountain View Hospital
Visuals: Mobile hospital at St. Mark’s Hospital
Starting at 11 a.m. and will run for 30 to 45 minutes
USAR Task Force will be rescuing patients from the hospital’s “collapsed west tower.” A tunnel underneath St. Mark’s Hospital will be used to simulate the collapsed west tower – numerous patients/caregivers trapped – search and rescue. Because this will be a tight space, the hospital will be accepting one pool photographer and one pool reporter to enter the space. The pool reporter and photographer will need to share their info with requesting stations. If your station is interested in this opportunity, be the first to contact Audrey Glasby at 801-573-3567.
Meanwhile, outside the hospital, the following activities will be taking place:
Lowering patients outside the hospital building: Central Tower (by ER lobby doors)
Moulaged (disaster makeup) patients will be transported, as well.
Hazmat team (nuclear medicine equipment compromised)
Central Healthcare: managing supplies and manpower
MountainStar AirCare SST Coalition – Coalition communications trailer
The Utah Hospital Association will also be available to discuss Utah’s new Crisis Standards of Care, the decision-making process for doctors. The spokesperson will be Dr. Mark Shaw from IHC. He was integral in writing the standards of care.
Events are also happening at IASIS hospitals
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center (decontamination process), Jordan Valley West (VA medical tent, fire extinguisher training)
The hospitals’ community partners include the following:
Search and rescue Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (1 team and 1 dog team (including Salt Lake City Fire), South Salt Lake and Unified Fire Authority, Unified Police Dept, Gold Cross Ambulance, Salt Lake, Summit and Toole County Coalition, Northern Healthcare Coalition, Central Healthcare Coalition, Salt Lake Valley Health Department.
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Note: The Great Utah ShakeOut, now with 960,000 registered participants, is happening April 21, 2016, at 10:15 a.m. Online at ShakeOut.org/utah
The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is the lead State agency for emergency preparedness, disaster response, recovery and mitigation for the State of Utah. Our mission is to support local, state and tribal governments in their emergency management duties. Online at DEM.Utah.gov and BeReadyUtah.gov