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The Great Shake Out campaign and earthquake safety tips

The Great Shake Out campaign and Wyoming earthquake safety- May 2021
The Great Shake Out campaign and Wyoming earthquake safety- May 2021(Valeria Fugate)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 3:49 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -Although most earthquakes fall on the western portion of Wyoming, FEMA and the Wyoming State Geological Survey want everyone to have a strategy to stay safe.

In 2020 Wyoming had 1,483 earthquakes, and as of April Wyoming has had 315 earthquakes. To date, Wyoming’s greatest earthquake registered at 7.3 in magnitude affecting Hebgen Lake with Yellowstone as the epicenter.

Wyoming also sits on the intermountain seismic belt, an active fault zone. For this reason, FEMA has granted the Wyoming State Geological Survey funds for emergency backpack toolkits and hazard preparation.

This coincides with FEMA’s “Great Shake Out” campaign and safety drills. Working with emergency coordinators this campaign focuses on educating the public, handing out emergency supply backpacks, power banks and headlamps.

They are hoping to increase this year’s number of Wyoming participants over last year’s more than 8000 participants in the program.

For more information go to: https://www.shakeout.org/wyoming/

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