An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface. They strike without warning, at any time of year, day or night, and it's important to take the time now to do some simple things that will help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible following any emergency. Register and participate in The Great Shake Out to prepare now.
Utah has experienced damaging earthquakes in the past and geologic evidence indicates that earthquakes, larger than any experienced in our history, are likely in the future. Preparedness is especially important in Utah because our state 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.
Be Ready Utah has information for earthquake preparedness for families, businesses, schools, and communities. It provides you with information about the natural hazards we have in Utah so you can be informed about the potential risks and dangers involved with each one.
Essential information including a plan and a 3-5 day disaster supply kit for your home and vehicle can be found at Be Ready Family.
Learn what to do to keep your loved ones safe with these resources:
- Practice DROP, COVER and HOLD ON with all members of your household.
- Doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure so don’t rely on them for protection! During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on.
- Disaster Psychology
- Emergency Communication
- Handbook for Earthquakes in Utah
- Top Ten List for Preparedness Budget