Provo’s Earthquake Drill 2015

On Thursday, April 16 at exactly 10:15 a.m. thousands of Utahns will participate in Utah’s largest earthquake drill, The Great Utah Shakout. Individuals, families, businesses, schools, and government agencies are invited to participate by holding their own drills at the same time. This is a great opportunity for residents and employees to get better prepared for major emergencies and practice how to protect ourselves in the event of a real earthquake.

Emergency Sirens

Provo City will participate in the statewide drill by activating our emergency sirens at 10:15 a.m. The emergency sirens are located on the roof of Fire Station 1 at the City Center (351 W. Center St.) and in the Riverbottoms area at about 2750 N., 3800 N., and 5200 N. along University Avenue. The sirens were established around concerns of a breach in the Deer Creek Reservoir – so they are located in areas that are subject to flooding should the dam break.
The warning sirens should not be interpreted as anything but a supplemental device. In the event of a real emergency, we would activate our emergency alert system to notify residents. In areas where residents are not able to hear the sirens, police cars would be dispatched to give residents a verbal notification. Residents are also advised to turn to local emergency broadcast stations, KSL-AM 1160 OR KBYU-FM 89.1 for further information.

Emergency Operations Center

Provo City will also activate its Emergency Operations Center during the earthquake drill. Dozens of city employees will come together to practice their respective roles during local disaster. Under the leadership of an incident commander, the Police, Fire, Public Works, Energy, and other departments will participate in emergency scenarios and practice how they would respond to an earthquake.
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Provo residents are encouraged to participate in the earthquake drill this Thursday, April 16 at 10:15 am (or at anytime during the day that you are available to participate). Here are a few ways you can be involved:

    • Drop, Cover, and Hold on: At exactly 10:15 am drop, cover, and hold on. As a general rule, this is the best thing to do during an earthquake. You can also play this video during your drill:

  • Be Prepared: If an emergency/disaster were to happen, would your family be prepared? Take the time now to do some simple things that will help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible following any emergency. Make a Plan, Get a Go-Kit, and Be Informed.
  • Register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill. Sign up here »
 Visit to learn more about The Great Utah Shakeout.


Share your experience on social media by posting a picture of you practicing “drop, cover, and hold on”! Make sure to tag @ProvoCity and use #ProvoShakeOut.

Each tweet, comment, and share will be entered into a giveaway. I will randomly select one person to be the lucky winner of: $25 gift card to Provo Towne Centre Mall, two Cinemark Movie tickets, and a $10 Gift card to The Sweet Tooth Fairy!


Here are some great social media examples from last year:

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Shout out to everyone who participated in the Great Utah Shakeout on Thursday! We had people tweeting and sharing pictures on social media all day. I’ve randomly selected a winner from the shared posts, and the winner is….

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Danielle Christiansen!! Congratulations Danielle – you won a $25 gift card to Provo Towne Centre Mall, two Cinemark Movie tickets, and a $10 Gift card to The Sweet Tooth Fairy! We will send you a private message with more information so you can claim your prize!

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  1. Donna Max

    A fireman stated that you are not supposed to hide under a desk or table, but rather beside it. Something falling from above may crush the desk or table (and you) and it has been his experience that the dabree will fall at at angle once it hits the object below and you would be more protected and chances are better you will not be crushed .

    1. Michael

      Donna, The triangle of life is a great idea, but that is not what the professionals on the National level recommend. Get under the desk or table, it will provide more protection. If it does crush the table, you will be crushed as well if you are next to it. You stand more of a chance under the table.





  4. Ann

    Since we live along a fault line, we need this reminder to be prepared for emergencies. Thanks!

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  6. Shirley Edwards

    Thank you, I am in Maine on a mission, but I think this is wonderful and very necessary. I hope my family is participating.



  8. Marcia Ambler

    Wonderful Idea! I work as a nanny for a 2 year old boy, and I never thought how important it is for me to be able to keep him under something during an earthquake. I will sing him songs and play finger games with him under their kitchen table! I hope that table would keep us safe in an earthquake.

  9. Tiffany D.

    My two little kiddos and I just did this drill. We jumped under our dinning room table and were able to reach our shoes for all the “broken glass” on the floor. They thought it was so fun! Thanks!

  10. I decided to take part in the drill–set all sorts of timers, listened for the sirens, and then at 10:15am I dropped, took cover, and held on. Thank you, Provo City, for helping bring more awareness to this issue. (I also took a photo using a self-timer: set=a.10150238750680060.316933.506575059&type=1&theater )

    1. John

      Great picture Bruce! Thanks for sharing and participating.

  11. Kate

    We were unable to hear the sirens even though we live very close to Fire Station 1. Did that siren not sound or is our house just much more soundproof than I realized?

  12. Cindy Crookston

    When we hear the air raid sirens, are we to understand that the Deer Creek Dam has broken? If not, how will we know if the dam has broken and to get to higher ground?

  13. nancy

    I thought the dam(no pun intended) siren, should it breach, would be a steady siren, one that doesn’t sound like a fire siren.

  14. Jeanie

    Thanks for helping us to be better prepared. This kind of information is invaluable.

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  16. Beth Jones

    I am a 94 year old woman, living alone in a small apartment, without any family whatsoever. I heard no sirens at all. I have no idea how I would get to higher ground. I am not a native of Utah, nor all that familiar with Provo and environs. What am I supposed to do, or go. I can’t see that my one kitchen table is sturdy enough for protection, and it contains much of my storage already.

    1. John

      Beth – Thank you posting on my blog.

      We recognize that the sirens won’t reach everyone. Quite frankly, many would likely ignore them if they were going on anyway. If an event occurs, we will use our resources to communicate with residents. Those could include a reverse 911 or our first responders.


      1. Cool Chris

        The National Weather Service uses the same capability as the Amber Alert to warn when there are problems with the Dam. They are on the notification list for dam issues. Once the city receives notice that a problem exists with the dam, we will activate our Emergency Alert System which includes television and radio and will utilize social media and any other means available to make notice. If you hear the sirens run for more than a couple minutes, turn on your tv or radio to hear the information. We are fortunate that the sirens are not the only means we have for notification.

  17. Danielle

    Yeah thank you!!!!!

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