Monday, May 2, 2016

We're Prepared in Utah!

We recently had a statewide emergency preparation drill for one of more likely natural disasters in our fault-ridden, mountainous region. We don't have much to worry about when it comes to tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, tsunamis, etc., but experts say there's a very good chance for Utah to experience a moderate earthquake sometime in the next 50 years. See The Great Utah Shake Out website for more details on the event, related emergency preparedness details, and the geological research. In a nutshell, the 3 things to do in an earthquake are:

  1. Drop
  2. Cover
  3. Hold on
There are important things to do before and after as well, like securing household items, having emergency supplies, and maintaining a preparedness and response plan. We've spent months preparing our office for all types of emergencies and incidents so The Great Utah Shake Out was a perfect opportunity to actually practice. We held "silent" drills in each of our buildings where we exercised our emergency communication systems, people exited the buildings, and we met at the designated rally points. It feels great to be prepared!

Our Incident Commander on the satellite phone
Members of the Incident Management Team
A couple of employees taking cover

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