Utah Valley University will once again participate in the 2023 Great ShakeOut, the state’s annual earthquake preparedness exercise. The simulated earthquake will begin with an overhead announcement which will provide instruction of what to do during the shaking portion of the earthquake. The simulated earthquake will last approximately 45-50 seconds and be accompanied by audible earthquake sounds. For those not on
campus messages will be displayed on hallway monitors and computers currently connected to the UVU system.

The Great Shakeout allows UVU students and employees to practice earthquake planning and preparedness. The simulated earthquake exercise will take place on April 21, 2022 at 10:15am. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. When the earthquake exercise starts please practice proper earthquake protective actions by remembering to Drop (Lock), Cover, and Hold On.


  • Drop (or Lock) - Wherever you are, drop down to your hands and knees and hold onto something sturdy. If you’re using a wheelchair or walker with a seat, make sure your wheels are locked and remain seated until the shaking stops.


  • Cover - Cover your head and neck with your arms. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris. Stay on your knees or bent over to protect vital organs.


  • Hold On - If you are under a table or desk, hold on with one hand and be ready to move with it if it moves. If seated and unable to drop to the floor, bend forward, cover your head with your arms and hold on to your neck with both hands.


For more detailed information, see the Great ShakeOut's Earthquake Safety Series Videos below or visit their website at www.shakeout.org


Drop, Cover, Hold On Graphic

Wheelchair - Lock, Cover, Hold On Graphic

Walker - Drop, Cover, Hold On Graphic

Cain - Drop, Cover, Hold On Graphic

Earthquake Safety Video Series

if you're near a sturdy desk or table

if there is no sturdy desk or table

if you're in a stadium or theater

if you have a mobility disability