Are You Ready for the Next Earthquake?

Mackenzie CopeDisasters, News releases, Preparedness

SALT LAKE CITY – While earthquakes are inevitable, the damage they cause is not. Utah homeowners can take simple actions to reduce property damage and the disruption to their lives caused by earthquakes. One of the best non-structural measures you can undertake is strapping down your water heater. An earthquake-damaged water heater can cause fires, flooding, and carbon monoxide build-up … Read More

News Release: Free Disaster Legal Services Available for Utah Quake Survivors

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SALT LAKE CITY – A free legal aid hotline was created as part FEMA’s Disaster Legal Services (DLS) program for the Magna Earthquake and its aftershocks.  The service is open to residents of Salt Lake and Davis counties. Residents who need legal assistance for earthquake-related issues but cannot afford an attorney can call toll-free 800-662-4245. The line is open Monday … Read More

News release: FEMA Urges Utah Quake Survivors to Guard Against Fraud and I.D. Theft

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SALT LAKE CITY – Often after a disaster, scam artists and identity thieves attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors.Sometimes, those who try to register with FEMA discover that someone has already registered using their name. Scammers may contact survivors who have not registered with FEMA and try to extract money or information. In these cases, it’s likely the survivor’s personal … Read More

News release: Magna Earthquake Individual Assistance Remote Inspection Process

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July 22, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY – Due to the nationwide Covid-19 emergency, FEMA is using remote inspections to assess damage to homes in Salt Lake and Davis counties cause by earthquakes between March 18 and April 17. Utahns who applied for federal disaster assistance — and reported that they may not or cannot live at home due to earthquake damage … Read More

4 months later: Did you have damage from the Magna earthquake?

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Davis and Salt Lake County residents may be eligible for federal assistance Disaster Assistance steps Register with FEMA at or or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Help in many languages is also available. Registration takes you through a survey with about 25 questions, asking the location of the home, how many occupants, what kind of … Read More

News release: Salt Lake and Davis County residents with March earthquake losses can register with FEMA

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July 16, 2020 Utah homeowners and renters in Salt Lake and Davis counties who had uninsured losses from the March 18 earthquake may be eligible for federal disaster assistance from FEMA. FEMA has programs that provide financial help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs and other essential disaster-related needs. First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance … Read More

Earthquake anxiety fades… eventually

jdoughertyDisasters, Recent earthquakes

2 months ago today, northern Utah was shaken by the largest quake in the Beehive State in a generation. Can you believe it? More than 2,000 aftershocks later, Utah is recovering from the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that woke us up at 7:09 a.m. That earthquake, the largest in Utah since a 5.9 quake in 1992, was another reminder that Utah … Read More

U.S. earthquake history: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake

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What changes do you make when 80 percent of the city is destroyed? How do you plan ahead so this doesn’t happen here? 114 years ago today, at 5:12 a.m., what is understood to be a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the coast of northern California. Shaking lasted for 42 seconds and was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles. The earthquake, … Read More