Gov. Herbert encouraging Utahn’s to be ready for earthquakes

This is Earthquake Preparedness Week in Utah and Governor Gary Herbert says the devastation from Japan’s triple disaster is an all-to-real reminder of what could happen if a large earthquake were to strike the Wasatch Front.The governor says earthquakes caused nearly 227,000 deaths around the world in 2010 and more than 80 percent of Utah’s population is located in areas susceptible to large earthquakes. He says without proper preparation Utahns could experience a second disaster in a major quake if they don’t have a plan, food or emergency supplies.Governor Herbert says preparedness is not a task, it is a lifestyle. He says making a plan about what to do in an emergency is great but those plans need to be practiced. Parents should drill with their families and businesses should drill with their employees. In the governor’s words, “Prepare then Practice.”

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