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Salt Lake City Emergency Management

Phone 801.799.3699 or 801-799-3605

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Salt Lake County Emergency Management

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Phone – (801) 743-7100

S.L.C. Emergency Management- SAFE Neighborhoods Program 2017 Earthquake Exercise

“Shake Out at Bonneville Elementary”

Salt Lake City, Utah (March 2017)– All citizens interested in a role or responsibility in neighborhood disaster preparedness and response are invited to join us for a large-scale simulation to practice the SAFE Neighborhoods Program on April 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1145 S 1900 E, SLC, UT 84108. This exercise is based on a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and will include activities with amateur (ham) radio, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), a SAFE version of Incident Command Post, and medical treatment area with victims.  The Red Cross will be operating a shelter demonstration.

SAFE stands for Schools Aid Families in Emergencies.  The SAFE Neighborhoods Program focuses on public schools being used as “hubs” for public information, family reunification, neighborhood search and rescue, medical treatment, transportation and coordination with the City.

A primary goal of the exercise is to recruit and put in action block captains, CERT members, Red Cross shelter workers and people with amateur radio licenses, showcasing how these groups work together and how anyone can help.

Families are encouraged to learn how to check into a Red Cross shelter.  This simple preparation can help children know they can go to the school and check in if they are home alone after an earthquake. After a real disaster, they would be added to the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to register their current status and for their loved ones to access that information.

The ShakeOut exercise provides a great opportunity for the public to see the Salt Lake City disaster community plans in action through the SAFE Neighborhoods Program (  Every public elementary school/pre-authorized shelter in Salt Lake City will be going through such exercises in the upcoming years.

Things to do at the ShakeOut at Bonneville Elementary

  • Salt Lake City Emergency Management invites you to participate in the SAFE Neighborhoods Program. Grab your 96-hour kit and go to Bonneville Elementary, just like after a real earthquake.
  • Learn how to check into a Red Cross shelter.
  • As a block leader, send reports to the school concerning your block. Search and rescue teams rely on such information for their operations.  As needed, details would be sent to the City Emergency Operation Center via amateur radio, just the same as it would be in a real earthquake.
  • Sign up to become a block leader.
  • Current C.E.R.T. members and spontaneous volunteers will have the opportunity to conduct simulated search and rescue, FRS radio practice/ testing, and head-to-toe medical assessments.
  • Sign up to become a Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) member.
  • See what the medical treatment area with victims looks like. Children will be able to have disaster makeup and become pretend victims. If you are a medical provider who is not already assigned elsewhere, you can sign up to join the Medical Reserve Corp.
  • If you own an F.R.S. radio, bring it with you. We will be testing distances for local communications.
  • If you are a ham radio operator or C.E.R.T. member, sign in and practice your skills. If you can’t make it, that’s okay; send us an email so we can add you to our rosters (ham radio or C.E.R.T.

C.E.R.T. skills are priceless for helping people you love and your community after a disaster. CERT training teaches disaster preparedness for all hazards that may impact our region. You train in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

C.E.R.T. classes are held quarterly at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, but arrangements can be made to hold classes elsewhere in Salt Lake City.  The fee is $30.  All participants receive a CERT manual, duffle bag and kit valued at $75, a CERT identification card, and a Certificate of Completion.  Register for a class at  If you have questions, please call 801-799-3699.

If you are licensed in amateur radio or want to be, contact the Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club (Val Hicken, to learn how you can assist your community.

For more information about the event, contact Kenya Rene, PIO Multi-Cultural Liaison (801-799-3605) or Susan Collier, Event Lead (