SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – AAA Utah is partnering with the Great Utah ShakeOut Earthquake Drills by preparing families with information and resources that could potentially save lives during a major earthquake. At 10:15 a.m. on April 20, 2017, AAA and the people of Utah will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during an earthquake. In preparation for Thursday’s Great Utah ShakeOut, AAA hosted a practice drill at their member service center in Clearfield to help promote the importance of disaster preparedness.
As part of a pledge to prepare more than one million people for an emergency by 2020, AAA Utah will contribute $5 to the Great ShakeOut, up to 1,000 sign-ups, for every group that on the Great Utah ShakeOut’s website and participates in this year’s earthquake drill on April 20.
“AAA has been a leader and trusted advocate for the safety and security of people for over 100 years and we want to help raise visibility of earthquake preparedness among Utahns,” said Marianne Campbell, the vice president of communications and community impact for AAA Utah. “A shocking number of people are misinformed about what action to take in the event of an earthquake, and not prepared for when an earthquake strikes. Our partnership with the Great Utah ShakeOut allows us to remind people what to do, which is ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On.’ We also encourage families to get on the Road to Ready and be prepared for an earthquake by offering fun online tools and checklists to learn about preparedness.”
AAA will offer a variety of web-based resources to support this annual day, including its “” online game that leads users through scenarios and tests their knowledge of disaster preparedness. Families can receive tips on how to be better prepared with the ‘Magnitude Meter,’ a mobile experience in which participants can shake their smartphone to create a simulated earthquake.
“The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Utahns, including businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies, prepared for a major earthquake,” said Joe Dougherty, public information officer of Utah Division of Emergency Management and state coordinator of the Great Utah ShakeOut. “Partners like AAA Utah help us spread the word about the importance of being prepared, and offer resources and tips to get people started.”
The Great ShakeOut has been organized in many other states and countries. In 2016, about one million people participated in the Utah ShakeOut drills. Visit to access tips and resources to help you and your family prepare. For more information on the Great Utah ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, go to .