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April 17, 2019

Mayor Jenny Wilson to Participate in Eight Annual Great Shakeout

Chloe Morroni - Email
(385) 468-7027 office (385) 261-9301 cell

Salt Lake City, UT- The Great Utah ShakeOut is back! On Thursday, April 18, nearly a million Utahns, about 400,000 of them right here in Salt Lake County, will practice safety procedures and recovery efforts in the event of an earthquake.

If a large earthquake strikes, police and firefighters will follow the lead of another group that is considered first responders. Public works crews will be responsible for clearing roads to ensure the safe travels of emergency workers and residents.

For that reason, Salt Lake County Public Works has again joined forces with Utah Department of Transportation, along with help from SLCo Emergency Services, Utah Division of Emergency Management, Army Reserves and others, to hold disaster training exercises so workers can get hands-on experience with scenarios they're not used to encountering.

This year’s drill includes a debris management exercise that will be held at Salt Lake County’s Welby Pit in South Jordan. The visual exercise will consist of three debris removal scenarios including; landslides, city roads debris removal and abandoned cars.

Mayor Jenny Wilson will be on site at 9:00 am when the scenarios begin. “With Salt Lake County sitting on a fault line, history has shown that large earthquakes can hit this area. We want to be prepared if and when the next one strikes,” said Mayor Wilson.


Who:     Salt Lake County Public Works and Mayor Jenny Wilson

What:    Great Utah ShakeOut Drill

When:   Thursday, April 18, 2019

   Check in at 8:00 am

              Scenarios begin at 9:00 am

              Event ends at 2:00 pm

Where:  Welby Pit in South Jordan

   Go to 5200 West Old Bingham Highway (approximately 9665 South),

              turn South down paved road to Welby Pit entrance gate