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Earthquake

Beware of ground shaking! If in a building do not try to run outside. The best thing to do is drop, cover, and hold on. Get under a sturdy table, desk, or chair. Stay away from windows, outside walls, or stairwells. When the shaking stops do not use elevators, use stairwells instead. If outside while the shaking starts move away from buildings. Earthquakes can cause other secondary disasters such as liquefaction, landslides, flooding, fires, and hazardous chemicals release. Utah frequently experiences minor tremors. Explore Utah’s Recent Earthquake Map to learn more about minor quakes that may be happening right now. If you wish to know more about earthquakes, skim through Utah’s handbook, Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country and use the resources below to learn more about what you can to prepare for an earthquake. 

 

 

 

Burning bonefire in forest - Image by Kelly L from Pexel

Wildfire

Utah is no stranger to wildfires and is one of the most wildfire prone states in the U.S with around 800 to 1,000 wildfires annually. Preparedness for a wildfire may take many forms including checking air quality during fire season, taking necessary steps to prepare and protect your property, knowing your community’s evacuation route, and building a kit of supplies ahead of time should an evacuation become necessary. You can us the Active Wildfires and Projects map to learn about any active wildfires near you. Use the resources below to learn more about what you can to prepare for a wildfire. For your Wildfire Challenge, consider signing Utah's Wildfire Prevention Pledge found at sparkchange.utah.gov

 

 

 

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Flood

Floods are the most common natural disaster and can happen anywhere, even in Utah. Every year Utah experiences floods for a myriad of reasons from rising waterways due to heavy rainstorms and rapidly melting snow to flash floods. After a wildfire there is also an increased potential for floods and mudflows resulting from the grounds inability to absorb water due to the charred and barren nature of the soil. This hazard can last for five years or more until the vegetation grows back. Before a flood occurs, it is important to know your risks and get prepared. Start now by using the Flood Hazard Map to discover your property’s flood risk. Use the resources below to learn more about what you can to prepare for a flood.

 

 

 

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Severe Weather

Utah is no stranger to sever weather. Whether it is from winter storms to heat waves, to thunderstorms, each pose a significant threat and each require their own plan of action. Do you know how to spot heat stroke or heat exhaustion? Do you know what to do if you are trapped in your vehicle during a winter storm? Do you know what supplies to have in your vehicle? Do you know what to do if you are caught outside in a thunderstorm? Are you able to calculate the distance between you and the lightning? Explore the resources below to learn more about how you can prepare.

 

 

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Power Failure

Floods are the most common natural disaster and can happen anywhere, even in Utah. Every year Utah experiences flooding from rising waterways, rapidly melting snow, flash flooding, and flooding after fires. Before a flood occurs it is important to know your risks. Use the Flood Hazard Map to discover your flood risk. Then use the resources below to learn more about what you can to to prepare for a flood.

 

 

 

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Man-Made Hazards

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