What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With earthquakes an inevitable part of Utah’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.
Utah’s first ShakeOut is planned for April 17, 2012, at 10:15 a.m. A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved. For more information, visit www.ShakeOut.org/Utah.
Our plan at MCS is to conduct our usual earthquake drill on April 17, with the idea of noting any gaps or areas needing improvement so we can better prepare for the long term. We are planning to form an Emergency Preparedness Committee, made up of Administrators, Facilities, and interested parents, in order to implement those improvements next year. We appreciate your support and participation in the ShakeOut!