Today they got together to come up with a plan to make sure Utahns survive.
History shows they strike every 350 years. The last major earthquake to shake the Wasatch Front was 350 years ago. “April 17th at 10:15 AM begins the Great Utah Shakeout. It's the largest earthquake drill we've tried to do as a state,” said Joe Dougherty, spokesperson for the State Division of Emergency Management.
When a real one happens, devastation is expected. It's estimated 2,300 people will die. Local, state, and federal agencies gathered today to prepare for a drill mimicking an actual disaster. “Just like we would in a disaster. We'll have clients come in. They will be staying there. They will be receiving the care and comfort they need,” commented Janae Thompson, spokesperson for the American Red Cross.
They want you to participate. “The more people do to prepare and plan to take care of themselves, that's going to free resources to help the people that need it the most,” Ed Conley with the Federal Emergency Management Agency pointed out.
The National Guard will be out in full force working like it's the real deal. “We would potentially distribute food, medicine, water, and move people from point 'a' to point 'b',” said Major Bruce Roberts.
Officials said being ready will work in your favor. “It's going to be our worst day when an actual earthquake happens,” Dougherty added.
So far, 753-thousand people are signed up for the "Utah Shakeout".