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

Earthquake anxiety fades… eventually

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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

Today’s M4.2 aftershock: Is this normal?

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We will continue to update this post with questions and more information. What do we know so far? Utah was shaken again following a magnitude 4.2 aftershock with an epicenter in Magna at 8:56 p.m. Many Utahns are asking if this is normal to have aftershocks almost a month after the main M5.7 earthquake that happened March 18. We received … Read More

Can We Have a Talk About Earthquake Anxiety?

Mackenzie CopeOriginal Posts, Resources

From the Utah Division of Emergency Management: With a magnitude 3.9 aftershock today in Magna, we began getting a lot of questions on Twitter about what it all means. But a deeper question led us to write the following: Can we have a talk about earthquake anxiety? This is dedicated to all of our friends, old and new, who have … Read More