Spring is in the air, bringing with it the excitement of outdoor activities for everyone. Morgan County is no different. We are going to be participating in the Utah Shake Out Exercise that will be held April 17-19. What is the Shake Out you ask? Well, Counties throughout the state will be exercising emergency plans. This exercise was started by FEMA and backed by the State. The scenario is as follows: a 7.0 earthquake will be reported from the Wasatch Front at 10:15 a.m. on April 17, 2012. Schools will be in session, family members may be elsewhere at work, and telephone lines will be down.
This will be a great time for families, companies, governments, and whoever else would like to participate to do so. Put those family home evacuation plans to the test, try your phone tree, update your 72 hour kits, get your out of State contacts lined up, or anything else you can think of doing.
The County would like to give a warning to all citizens that around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 17, we will be setting off the County Emergency Siren. We are asking for participation from all those that can hear it to call in and let us know. Here are the numbers to call. . . 801-845-6017, 801-845-6018, and 801-845-6019. We will be sending out a reverse 9-1-1 call the day before to remind everyone that the siren will be sounding. The School District will be participating by practicing the Stop, Drop, and Cover exercise. We will have Amateur Radio personnel testing our communication capabilities with other Counties, Hospitals, and the State. Representatives from the American Red Cross will be participating at the Morgan Emergency Operations Center, Members from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be testing some of their emergency plans and calling trees. The members of the Morgan County Council and Morgan Emergency Management will be testing communication capabilities and operating the County Emergency Operations Center.
We would like to thank all of you in advance for your participation and cooperation during this exercise. Remember, this will be a great time to update your personal or family preparedness plans.