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The Great Utah ShakeOut

Children participate in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill in Los Angeles.
Children participate in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill in Los Angeles.
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On April 17 at 10:15 a.m., the state of Utah will hold the first statewide earthquake drill, the largest of its kind ever to be held in the state.

Its called the Great Utah ShakeOut.

Joe Dougherty explains how to gather and build your personal emergency preparedness supplies and how to prepare your home. Below are links to Dougherty's columns.

April Classroom Connections: The Great Utah Shake Out - What to do when disaster strikes

January Classroom Connections: Shake out - Don't freak out

Jan. 8, 2012: ShakeOut, don't freak out, earthquake preparedness in 17 weeks

Jan. 15, 2012: How to keep your water heater vertical in an earthquake

Jan. 22, 2012: Find your home hazards now before the shaking starts

Jan. 29, 2012: Who you gonna text? Aunt Bep

Feb. 6, 2012: Play like you practice works for emergencies too

Feb. 13, 2012: Prepare so an earthquake doesn't leave you powerless

Feb. 20, 2012: Emergency kits don't make themselves.

Feb. 26, 2012: The trick to creating food storage

March 4, 2012: What if you can't evacuate? Prepare to shelter at home

March 11, 2012: When toilets don't work during an earthquake

March 18, 2012: In time of emergency, what you absolutely can't live without: water

March 25, 2012: Emergency response: Tie a ribbon on your finger and your wrench to the gas meter

April 1, 2012: Emergency preparedness: And when you're out on the town ...

April 9, 2012: Preparedness expo to teach earthquake resilience

April 15, 2012: Time to ShakeOut and learn more preparedness

April 17, 2012: Baby 'Slate' delivered at nursing home as Great Utah ShakeOut tests state's emergency preparedness

April 17, 2012: Shakeout: Utah students join thousands of others to 'drop, cover and hold'

April 22, 2012: After quake practice, it's time to improve

April 29, 2012: Who's going to help you?